What makes a place home?

Just had a brief thought about this as I was landing in Schiphol and getting a feeling like I was visiting home. What makes the Netherlands feel like home to me?

I have been moving to a new country about every year for the past 6 years for studying, and now I’m acquainted to the process of getting used to new places:

  • struggling with the bureaucracy about visa thanks to my Chinese passport;
  • arranging studies and housing;
  • getting local ID, student card, bus card, library card, bank account;
  • have a local sim card, know the best data plan and how to top up;
  • slowly learning where things are: cheapest grocery, bus/bike/tram routes, fastest way to class, where good food can be expected;
  • making some new friends, this is probably the most important. Sometimes it’s effortless, but other times impossible…

Once through this process, I more or less call a place “home”.

But how long can this title last? Maybe only until more than three of the above becomes invalid, then it becomes “just a place I used to live”.

Sustainable Conference Hosting

I do my best to go to many sustainability conferences (when the student registration price and travel expenses are acceptable) in search of inspiration and connection to the latest real life practices. Of course I couldn’t help but noticing and judging how sustainable the event hosting was each time, so I decided to collect my reflections Continue reading

8th European Conference on Sustainable Cities & Towns (上)

The hope to better organize, to reflect upon and to share what I have learn from these events was one of the things that drove me to start this website in the first place. So, here it is, my first try of writing a conference journal. The whole event has been truly inspiring to me so here is my attempt to capture some of the moments…

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“Fixed vs. Growth”

Read this super cool article Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives the other day, and shared it with some friends who told me that they also found themselves resonating with it. After poking around the topic, I started reading the book introduced in the article, Mindset by Carol Dweck and decided to share some notes here with people who have the desire to be better as a person and to achieve something.

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Storytelling for corporate sustainability

I recently explored a bit more into the corporate side of sustainability and was generally happy about the information I have come across so far. It seems that CSR is gaining momentum with large corporations in the lead.

“When faced with the science of climate change and transparency into corporate accountability in 2016, sustainability is simply part of doing business.”– Nancy Buzby

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