I recently read an essay in the New York Times: "Going Dutch: How I Learned to Love the European Welfare State" by Russell Shorto. It's a lengthy read (20 minutes?), but as a professional writer, Mr. Shorto does a much better job than I can of addressing and summing up most of my conflicted opinions about living here.
Topics run the gamut from conflicting views (Dutch vs. American) on socialized health care to public housing to individuality to professional ambition to cling wrap.
Want to know what I think about living here? Want to know whether I want to stay here or return to the U.S.? Read Mr. Shorto's wonderful essay and let's chat over a cup of coffee. Even if it's on a Sunday.