My name is Bas Boshuizen. In the late summer of 2010, I met a girl in my hometown of Leiden. She made me travel the world and now I ended up in one of the last places I’d visit for any other reason: the Midwest. After visiting Missouri for a number of years, we bought a house, got married, and now I am living Missouri, but continue to blog here.


Rooted in American culture through watching an awful lot of television series, everyday life in the States never seizes to amaze me. Contemplating as I am, I wanted to write my amazement down in what now has become this blog. This is what I experienced when fully dipping into the ‘Real America’. As I am sharing, please share back to make the experience not only mine. If you like this blog, please subscribe in the box to your right and I’ll make sure you’ll never miss anything! While you’re at it, don’t forget to like my Facebook page, where I share new blog posts, memes, or other things I randomly find online that remind me of being in a strange country.

Like this perfect joke, mixing Dutch and English grammar.

Like this perfect joke, mixing Dutch and English grammar.

While waiting for my Green Card, I started a website to help small businesses create their social media strategy. You can find this project right here.

Blocking the Missouri flag from the right angle makes it a Dutch flag. What a perfect metaphor.

Blocking the Missouri flag from the right angle makes it a Dutch flag. What a perfect metaphor to end with.


47 thoughts on “About

  1. Dude
    Come to Southwest Michigan. You will run into the descendants of your countrymen and countrywomen. I live in Kalamazoo, which is about fifty mile from Holland. Tulip Festival every year and a really good microbrewery.

    • Somehow it sounds like you flying here to eat real MacDonalds, but I like the idea. I believe I’ve been there once before, when I was little (before memory counts), but when I can, I’ll definitely try to go there again. Thanks!

      • Ha! You are right, of course. Besides all the Dutch here are Dutch Reform, real sticks in the mud. However, the beer is very good and it is pretty here.

  2. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog today! My ancestry covers a lot of Europe, including the Netherlands. That branch came over here in the 1600s, setting first in, of course, New Amsterdam, and then moving to Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Kentucky. By now, their descendants are all across the US.

    Hope you’re enjoying your time in the States!

    • No problem. Nice to see you’re checking out my blog! I notice a lot of ‘Dutch traces’ here and there, so it’s no surprise to me that there would be quite some Dutch ancestors. The 1600s is pretty far back, that’s awesome.
      I’m not in the US at the moment, but I’m enjoying every minute I am!

  3. Hi Bas, thanks for stopping by and liking the “Stutter Songs” post on my blog. Glad you liked it. I’m going to nose around yours here soon… we lived in the Ozarks of Missouri (Mizz-ur-uh) for two years. A far cry from our Southern California, too.

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog to read about my insane idea to use a lost sock collection idea to help me remember all the great writing ideas I think of in the middle of the night and forget before morning! Glad you liked it.

    Both sides of my family settled in Missouri (I agree with Bill Davis, above, it is Mizz-ur-uh, and that’s how you tell a native or a Midwesterner!), but my folks left the farms for California before I was born. I’ll nose around your blog to see what you wrote about the “golden” state. I’m in the beautiful Pacific Northwest now–I think I’ve finally found home.

    Hope you enjoy your travels! Emma

  5. Hey Dutch! Thank’s for coming by the Magic Bus Stop to look at my snow kitsch photos. When you get to the east coast (Virginia), send me a blog comment and you can visit us here! Really — we’re interested! Honest!

  6. You happened to find my “potshots”; however, the encroachment by a run amok government make my “humor” very limited. Thanks for stopping by. Your statement on Holland’s size was enlightening.
    “The country as a whole is about 20 percent of the size of Missouri” Wow. No wonder bicycles rule. It would work for a small country. I just didn’t know the Netherlands was THAT small!
    The disparity of vehicle size on the American road is staggering.
    There are some “economy cars” I’d never own because if you had a head on collision with a dog you’d lose! But the need for larger vehicles is simply due to distances one might need to travel. A small car would beat you to death (so to speak) if you had to go say, 800 miles before stopping. Larger cars mean much less road fatigue when going long distances.

  7. clopvondermolen – that’s spelled completely wrong, but it’s the only dutch phrase i know and it’s supposed to mean, ‘you’ve been hit with the windmill!’ sorry for killing your wonderful language, but i try to use that phrase whenever i can. though, i usually say it as opposed to writing it. my bff’s hubby is dutch, gjis, and we love him… thanks for popping by me old blog.

  8. Hello! I really like your blog! I was wondering if I could “interview” you? Haha. I call it an interview, but it’s just a few questions for me. It’s for my blog so it’d be really cool if you participate!
    Let me know if you’re interested by contacting me at: spreadlove2621@gmail.com


  9. Hey thanks for liking my post! This is so strange, you’re the third person from Leiden I now know of these past couple of days! I’ve been working (and hence, have met officially) with two of them – my thesis supervisor and a PhD student of hers are both from Leiden. Not much of a story there, just thought it was a cool coincidence, haha.

  10. How do you manage to balance three blogs at once?! I’m having trouble keeping just the one afloat…
    I once made the mistake of mispronouncing Missouri as ‘misery’ in the vicinity of an American exchange student. He was not pleased.

    P.S. You don’t look very Dutch. (This is a compliment.)

    • They have a hierarchical order in which I maintain them. This one is most important and basically always updated, the Dutch one is only once a week and merely a reflection on how my book is coming along (not that much creativity required) and the third one is for when I don’t have more important things to do (the reason it has been quiet for a while now). So it seems harder then it is. What does typically Dutch look like?

      • Ah, so I followed the wrong one 😉

        I’m not quite sure what I’d say typically Dutch looks like, but when I saw your picture and afterwards read that you were Dutch, my brain went ‘wait, what’!

      • You’re more than welcome to follow both ;-). As you can see, I posted something today, so don’t worry. I’m in the US in the picture, wearing clothes bought at Banana Republic and drinking American coffee. Maybe that confused you?

  11. Hey, thanks for the follow. I’m actually from Missouri (Well, I’ve lived here for over 20 years, so I guess that counts.) I haven’t got into your blog yet, so I apologize for the question, but where have you been to in Missouri? The cover picture almost looks like it’s outside of Joplin.

    • That’s alright. You may have noticed how I’m coming over in a week, so you’re right in time for the next round. I think living in Missouri for 20 years does qualify you, no doubt. My girlfriend lives around Saint Louis and as Kansas City is a place we visit quite often, the photo was probably taken on the way there. I’ve not been in Joplin (yet).

  12. Zo, ik ga mijn berichtje lekker in het Nederlands typen. We praten al genoeg engels doordeweeks. Ik las je verhaal in de insite. En ik dacht eindelijk. Hehe, herkenning. Ik heb in 2010 mijn vriend leren kennen. Hij komt uit Portland, oregon. Maar woont nu in Boise,Idaho. Wij zijn aan het plannen om mij volgend jaar in Amerika te laten wonen om mijn studie af te ronden. Ik heb ontzettend bewondering voor stellen die het uiteindelijk lukt om samen de toekomst in te gaan. Ik hoop dat het je goed af gaat daar in Missouri. Amerika is een land waar ik nog steeds, elke keer als ik op bezoek ben, van onder de indruk raak. Maar ik voel me er absoluut thuis. Succes met de laatste loodjes. Take care.

    • Ha! De herkenning is helemaal wederzijds. Ik ben ook mijn studie aan het afronden, maar dan in Nederland. Daar doen werd me toch iets te duur… Jullie ook veel succes; het helpt om te weten dat je niet de enige bent die zoiets onderneemt.

  13. Bas, I look forward to reading your insights on American culture! I studied at the University of Leiden (through an American program) and I lived in your hometown for six months. I loved my experience in Nederland and have great memories. Thank you for sharing and thank you for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the “Unfortunate Photo” post! Steph

  14. Hello Bas,
    It never seizes to amaze me how naturally English language comes to native Dutch. I will check out your blog later. I happened to read your comment on Jenn’s blog. It appears you’re a deeply Christian guy. Well, that’s ONE THING that you can have in common with most Mid-Westerners!

    Anyway, I posted a comment on GOD/Satan/Sin issue at Jenn’s blog post. Feel free to post your thoughts. Here’s the link:

  15. Having just commented on your Halloween post I wanted to read more about you. I’m very interested in your take on the American way of life as a Dutch man living in Missouri. I write a lot about my experiences living in California as a Brit and I really look forward to reading more about your travels so I’ve signed up to follow you. Great to meet you Bas 🙂

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