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Jan-Jaap and Rachid

Christmas Phone

Except for the black guy and the Chinese girl at the Benetton-style-recruitment brochures (where are they now?) the only non white Dutch people you see at big law firms are de Zwarte Pieten.

The Wedding Planner

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After days - no, weeks - of anticipation, Kate & Wills finally tied the knot. I have to say, I am a bit sad that it’s over. I am a sucker for romance, and every common girl wants to be queen for a day.

Working Part-Time: What's the Catch?

Cafe In Amsterdam Cathrine Kongslev

Part-time work is standard practice for most women in The Netherlands, even when you are in your late twenties and you don't have a mini me to entertain in the out-of-office hours.

Let's Play House

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Apart from two sour, single seniors, I am the only woman in our banking department. It means I can basically get away with anything.

Where Freaks Are Born

Stork In The Night Martine Lemmens

A friend of mine started to work for an internet company. He used to work in financial services, but switched because he hated the hierarchy and the insane bosses in this industry.

Occupational Hazards

The Control Tower Umayr Sahlan Masud

“Good morning and thank you for flying KLM. We are now approaching Schiphol airport. Due to the good weather conditions, we are slightly ahead of schedule. The estimated arrival time is 8:15am.”

Busy Is A State of Mind

Busy Woman Maria Beliakova

"Busy is a state of mind," says one of my managers, who clearly has followed a 'How to manage in a spiritual way' course. That’s why he takes time to meditate during the day, “to clear my head for five minutes”.

Paycheck? No Thank You.

Check And Pen Mark Csabai

The Zuidas thrives on fear. Fear of not meeting expectations. Fear of not keeping up. Fear of loss of income. Fear of financial obligations (sky-rocketing mortgage, anyone?).

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Christmas Phone

Jan-Jaap and Rachid

Except for the black guy and the Chinese girl at the Benetton-style-recruitment brochures (where are they now?) the only non white Dutch people you see at big law firms are de Zwarte Pieten.

The Apprentice

This morning I was attending a Bikram yoga class. Hyped by possibly the most scary fitness guru of all time (Madonna), Bikram yoga is more than your average stretching class for frutarians in harem pants. Bikram is boot camp. 

My Boss Is Lazy

Our manager does not work. We, meaning my 11 colleagues and I, are convinced that he does not perform actual work activities during the day. That is next to reading the newspaper and checking the performance of his enormous stock portfolio.

Busy Woman Maria Beliakova

Busy Is A State of Mind

"Busy is a state of mind," says one of my managers, who clearly has followed a 'How to manage in a spiritual way' course. That’s why he takes time to meditate during the day, “to clear my head for five minutes”.

When In Doubt, Use Latin

If in the business world you want to sound like you know what you are doing when you don't, just start using random foreign expressions.

Cafe In Amsterdam Cathrine Kongslev

Working Part-Time: What's the Catch?

Part-time work is standard practice for most women in The Netherlands, even when you are in your late twenties and you don't have a mini me to entertain in the out-of-office hours.

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