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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  • 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...
  • A Short Analysis of William Blake’s ‘Spring’
    A summary of a fine Blake poem ‘Spring’ is not one of William Blake’s most famous poems. The poem was first published in Blake’s 1789 collection Songs of Innocence. It’s a glorious celebration of t… Source: A Short Analysis of William Blake’s ‘Spring’ ...
  • Inside the Lantern #villaaugustus
    Dordrecht is around an hour’s drive from Amsterdam and there is plenty to see for culture vultures in terms of museums, theatres, restaurants, cafés and independent shops. Its jewel in the crown is Hotel and Restaurant Villa Augustus, a former water tower and water purifying plant which in 2007 was...