Homesick

Image: Vasco Gargalo de Portugal by Martina Losi David* is a Dutch citizen who was born in Syria in 1986. He has been living in the Netherlands since the age of twelve, when he and his family arrived fleeing from their homeland, even if there was no war at that time. When the civil war…

Flowers Keep the Cold Away

By Špela Krajnc “When my father died, I had to drop school. I was 19, but I had no choice. It was now or never.” It is a cold November Monday and Astrid is standing outside between her flowers with red hands covered with scratches. What looks like blood, is the color of the autumn…

When all the trains have left

By Anna Severinenko “It was always my dream to have my own bar. 8 years ago, it was finally about to open, everything was ready. But then the smoking ban came and killed everything.” Since last year Jack cleans the toilets and picks up garbage three times a week at the central train station in…

The Flying Spaghetti Monster Lands on the Netherlands

Can the Government Define a Religion as Fake? By Spela Krajnc, Tommaso Lecca, Petra Ondrisakova, Anna Severinenko   The Dutch secularism has been challenged since the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster engaged a legal battle to be recognized as a religion. What might seem to be a complete nonsense for outsiders is actually a…