Amsterdam Oriole

SusanAmsterdam Oriole is a blog about a long-term expat from the UK living in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Amsterdam. Focus on cultural differences, art, days out, also creative writing.

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  • Quintessential English Cottage – in Wales
    As well as our house-sit in Holmfirth, Yorkshire we had a dreamlike twelve days of heaven in a house-sit on the English/Welsh border, built alongside Offa’s Dyke Path. Two former quarry-worker’s homes knocked into one formed the country cottage with roses climbing up the wall that I have always dreamed...
  • Ruby Reviews her House-Sitters
    Name: Ruby Likes: Pouncing on things Dislikes: Dogs I live in Holmfirth where the world’s longest running sitcom, Last of the Summer Wine was shot. I am far too young and hip to remember it but the middle-aged bipeds love it and come in their bus loads to see all the locations! If...
  • Published in Stringybark Stories!
    I am happy to announce that my short story, Caged Birds, set in Amsterdam’s Red light District was highly commended in The Seven Deadly Sins Short Story Award which means publication in the anthology, ‘Gift of a Casserole.’ It is available as an e-book (in all e-reader formats) for $3.99...
  • Day trip to Lemmer, Friesland
    Not fancying a bumper-to-bumper drive towards Zandvoort, husband and I spent a couple of hours in the very pretty Friesian town of Lemmer a few weekends ago. It was a baking hot Sunday afternoon and after recovering from our non-air-conditioned drive we enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere in this picture...
  • Writers Abroad magazine offers a chance to win 15 euros of Amazon gift vouchers!
    We are delighted to publish our sixth issue of Writers Abroad magazine, The Third Space, which includes an interview with renowned author, Peter May.  I have contributed an article about Anne Frank and also a review of psychological thriller, The Breakdown by B A Paris. You can access it via Joomag to...
  • A Week of Horse-Riding and Writing in the Alpujarra, Spain
    Just a short blog for you today as I’m lucky enough to be spending a few glorious days with fellow Writers Abroad member, Nicola, aka author, Nina Croft. Nicola and her husband Rob live in Southern Spain, in the Alpujarra  which is a stunning, mountainous region in Southern Spain with...