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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  • 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...
  • Flash Fiction
    My piece in Ad Hoc Fiction this week. If you would like to vote for it, please click on the link and leaf through till you find it. The voting closes on Wed 19th April. Thanks ...
  • Five Fascinating Facts about Black Beauty
    One of my childhood favourites; Black Beauty Interesting Literature Fun facts about Black Beauty and the novel’s author, Anna Sewell 1. Anna Sewell’s novel Black Beauty is one of the biggest-selling novels of all time. Published in 1877, Black Beauty was a huge publishing success story from the start. Although Sewell died five months after the...
  • An Ode to the Wilderness
    One of my local parks is the Westerpark and on my frequent cycle rides through it, I couldn’t help noticing a rather large and imposing sculpture. So last week I got off my trusty iron steed and took a few pictures of the poignantly named, ‘Weeping Elephant.’ It was created...