Andrew Sinclair


Dutch Innovation Week

+ (April 30, 2004)

It’s my last week in the Netherlands, and for a long time I’ve been meaning to do a little mini-series here about some of the things I think the Dutch do well. Thus I bring you: Dutch innovation week. Monday:... more

By now everyone knows the advantages of wireless internet access. For companies like Verizon, wireless is a new market and a new opportunity to make some money. For companies like McDonalds, wireless is a way to get some press attention... more

The Chipknip

+ (April 29, 2004)

Remember the marketing campaign for the “high-tech” American Express Blue credit card? The problem was that you really can’t improve much on a credit card, and making it clear and adding a useless microchip didn’t do much to impress. Perhaps... more

Reusable Beer Packaging

+ (April 28, 2004)

Recycling is a good idea, but grinding down glass and re-forming it into new bottles every time someone drinks a beer is far from an efficient system. In the Netherlands, bottles are cleaned out, re-labeled, and re-filled. This is similar... more

Opt-Out Direct Mail

+ (April 27, 2004)

Marketers use the term “direct mail” to refer to marketing with physical mail (commonly known as “junk mail” to the recipients). In the US at least, the term “opt-out” is gaining ground as a recognized affirmative request not to receive... more

Dutch Bicycle Infrastructure

+ (April 26, 2004)

Bicycling is one of the most efficient means of transportation, but the bicycles can only truly be effective when a society builds the infrastructure to support them. While the US struggles to fit bicycles into a transportation system built for... more

Dutch Movie Ratings

+ (April 10, 2004)

I remember seeing this poster when I was a kid standing in line at a movie theatre. I was amused by the contrast between the happy kids with movie-viewing giraffe for the Rated G movie and the dodgy looking unaccompanied... more

Delta Project

+ (March 29, 2004)

I spent yesterday afternoon checking out the Delta Project in the Zeeland province of the Netherlands. A large portion Zeeland (as in “sea land”) lies below sea level and is thus susceptible to flooding. In the 1950s, a large storm... more

The BeerTender

+ (March 19, 2004)

Check out the "BeerTender" that’s being heavily marketed here in the Netherlands (and is apparently available in Switzerland (in English) as well). It’s a little keg-like dispensing machine that apparently keeps the beer cold and fresh. It's the kegarator for... more

Leiden in the Spring

+ (March 17, 2004)

Today was clearly the unofficial start of the spring season here in Leiden. Bar owners started setting up their outdoor seating and I even saw some kids taking a boat out on the canal. It was all due to the... more

Beer is Cheaper Than Water

+ (March 5, 2004)

Naj of The Take suggested I use my record company refund to purchase the liquid essence of life: beer. In fact he may be on to something. In the Netherlands you can actually buy flavorful domestic bears like Heineken, Amstel,... more

Maastricht Carnival

+ (February 23, 2004)

I went down to Maastricht this weekend for the Carnival festivities. Maastricht is situated in the very south of The Netherlands, right in between Belgium and Germany. It was therefore a very international affair with lots of um-pa music in... more

Super Bowl: Dutch Style

+ (February 2, 2004)

I’m not a sports fan, so if I watch a portion of the Super Bowl it’s purely to absorb the cultural aspect of the event. I will admit that I do enjoy chips, salsa, and beer, and the combination of... more

Delft Trip

+ (January 31, 2004)

I've been at Leiden for over three weeks now, and the University finally decided it was time to have orientation over the last two days. The only notable event was yesterday's trip to the historic city of Deflt. Delft is... more

Amsterdam, City of Sin

+ (January 28, 2004)

I finally got bored enough to get myself to another Dutch city yesterday: Amsterdam. It’s only about 30 minutes from Leiden on a comfortably smooth train. I really need to get out more. I spent a while in the Rijksmuseum.... more

Academy Building at Leiden

+ (January 26, 2004)

How about a picture today. This is the Academy Building at Leiden. I have two classes in there.... more

Dutch TV

+ (January 14, 2004)

I’ve been watching a lot of TV lately. It’s the first time I’ve had cable in about four years. I even have a movie channel called “canal+” which is like HBO. Most of the shows are the same as in... more


+ (January 12, 2004)

This is my street in Leiden (on the right) and Rapenburg (the canal street on the left).... more

In light of the fact that it’s been in the single digits in Boston lately, I really shouldn’t complain… but in light of the fact that there has been no light in Leiden since my arrival:... more

I had my first taste of Dutch nightlife this weekend – an expedition to a club in Rotterdam. The place had a little more style than a bad Boston club, but was otherwise the same as what you’d get in... more

My Apartment

+ (January 8, 2004)

For the first time in my life, I have my very own apartment. It’s quite comfortable, and it features three of the ugliest lamps I’ve ever seen. I thought I might share these with the world: There’s no internet access... more

My journey to Leiden took me through Iceland. This is because I flew on Icelandair, which I now realize is pretty much a budget airline. There were no free drinks or extra legroom on my Icelandair flights - to the... more

My semester abroad is officially underway. I’ll start with some background that can be referred to later when people are confused about what I’m writing about. Here goes: I’m finishing my last semester of law school (I go to Boston... more