I've always known the world was bigger than the safety of the town I was born in. Whereas I grew up in a country one can cross in a mere two hours or so, I have always had the privilege of tagging along on my family's journeys. The relativity of distance vaguely occurred to me … Continue reading Miles and minutes and a short goodbye
It is 1996. A picture shows a slightly chubby baby, carefully tucked away in a blanket, carried by her mum and surrounded by ice. A sense of confusion reflects on her face, as she is watching the breathtaking views of the Athabasca glacier in Alberta. Twenty years later. A picture shows the same baby face, … Continue reading First Nations, glaciers and activists: a revelation
Vanmorgen in de collegezaal. Een onschuldige vraag naar de definitie van het woord 'lobbyist' eindigt in een monoloog van de professor over de spanning die vandaag over Canada hangt. Over hoe hij 's nachts wakker ligt, denkend aan zijn kinderen en hoe hij rantsoen wil inslaan voordat de hel losbarst in het vrije maar verdeelde … Continue reading The Lone Ranger goes Canada: Over de grens
We had an outstanding September. While fearing for the arrival of the eternal winter rain, I found myself stepping out of my door every morning into a cold as bright and crispy as the golden leaves on the ground of Fairview Crescent. Watching the bright blue sky above me while studying in the faculty building … Continue reading The Lone Ranger goes Canada: Escaping the Urban Jungle
As I am writing this, I already spent more than two weeks in the country of moose, poutine and grizzly bears. I find it hard to believe when I look around my new room, stylishly decorated with random shit from home, or when I hug my flatmate Joanna with whom I'm already too much in sync. I can still see myself clinging to my mum at the airport like one of those clip-on koalas and maybe potentially pushing some liquid out of my eyes in the process (what happened to that tough girl, eh?). All sentimentality and love aside, even after two weeks Canada has taught me some wise lessons the past two weeks which I would like to share with you all.
"So... You must be one of these tree-hugging types who only eat organic and construct policies everyone gets tangled up in." Tired of having to explain the concept of liberal arts colleges over and over again, I just told a stranger I study environmental science. Bad choice: I can feel myself putting on my verbal … Continue reading It’s not easy being green: how grocery shopping turned into a war of moralities
[Repost from Engage The Hague] One of the strengths of LUC’s educational program is that it encourages you to go out in the field and experience the theories you study in the classroom. This semester, Thijs Bosker’s Environmental Science class worked on a field project on the beaches around The Hague. The aim was to … Continue reading Microplastics in Scheveningen