[Updated 12 September 2017]
As part of my 10th anniversary in the UK (October 2014)* I launched this blog to remind myself, first of all, of my roots, and to share some Dutchness whilst living abroad.
After having been a vegetarian for 15 years, I turned vegan in December 2002 / January 2003. Vegan living matters a lot to me, and I’d like to share Dutch thoughts and vegan ideas with you (either combined or separately), including relevant and sometimes irrelevant topics.
Those wishing to learn more about Dutch culture are recommended to read ‘The Undutchables’ and similar books with exaggerated caricatures of the Dutch. Although it has to be said these books are clearly onto something. We do have a certain reputation; I won’t deny that. Conversely, I have found ‘Watching the English’ by Kate Fox very insightful and recommend it to those wishing to understand why the English behave the way they do.
After 12 years in the UK, I decided to move on, and emigrate to New Zealand for a new position. I joined Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) as CEO at the end of October 2016, and I am based in Wellington.
This blog reflects my personal views, not necessarily those of any organisations.
Jasmijn de Boo
* Officially I’ve lived here longer, as I spent a year in Scotland in 98-99 doing my Masters, but I arrived in England in October 2004.