Sunray of the day

I am 1 out of 300.000 people in the world who speaks Frisian.

The ones who don’t know about Frisian language; it is the second language of The Netherlands, besides Dutch. It is a minor language, just like Gaelic in Ireland, Welsh in England, almost all countries have one or two minor languages. — Interestingly, many major language speakers are often not even aware of this richness in their own culture.

Frisian is my first language. It is the language of my subconsciousness; I dream in it and I count in it.

To get a feeling for what kind of language Frisian is, I would describe it as a mix between Dutch, German, Danish and English. As a matter of fact it is the language closest related to English in European mainland.

Last year, someone or an organisation had the idea to add Frisian to Google Translate and they organised a Translate Week. I was very enthusiastic! It was a way to secure the existence of my beloved mother tongue. So I entered the Google Translate Community.

What I want to share with you is this compliment I got today from Google:



I spent quite some evenings making and improving translations and it now makes me very happy to get an email of appreciation for it. 🌞



If you want to learn some Frisian yourself; there is a NEW online course on it.

Three weeks to get you from non-speaking to get the basic concepts and know some every day sentences.

Here is the link!

Also, you can try out some sentences on Google Translate.

* Note: not all sentences and words are translated already. When in doubt, you can ask me. 🙂


Country music – sunshine for your heart

Here is a confession: I like – no – I love country music. It is my guilty pleasure.


I will tell you why I love country music so much and why you should not be afraid to enjoy your guilty pleasures!


According to Wikipedia:

“A guilty pleasure is something, such as a movie, a television program or a piece of music, that one enjoys despite feeling that it is not generally held in high regard.”


Why is country music generally not held high?

  • Because the music is from the – lagging – country side?
  • Because the lyrics are so simple?
  • Because all the songs sound the same?


It is the boring mainstream anyways who decides what is ‘generally not held high’.


Country side

I am a farm raised girl and country songs have often the country side as their scenery, it’s what I know. It gives the feeling of ‘good old times’. Of course I do not agree that country side would be lagging, that’s a discussion I am not even going to start!


Simple songs

I must agree that the lyrics often contain the words; truck, gravel, bar, beer, whiskey, jeans and/or t-shirts. The jeans preferably blue and the t-shirts white.

But country music lyrics are often surprisingly poetic. Like the metaphor for how fast his ex was over him:

“She was over me before the grass grew back where she used to park her car”

(Song: Break up in a small town – Sam Hunt).


Songs with a story

I would classify country songs as songs with a story, simple message and ‘family friendly’. Even though the songs are almost never about political or cultural ideas, there is a strong conservative vibe from the songs. References to church, religion and/or good behaviour are common. Like this one:

“When the work you put in is realized

Let yourself feel the pride but

Always stay humble and kind”

(Song: Always stay humble and kind – Tim McGraw)


Sweet memories

“Did you know that… your life time preference for music is developed before or while you’re a teenager?”


For me country music is also bringing back sweet memories:

  • When I was a little girl my father used to play country music on Sundays while he was reading the paper.
  • When I was teenager we played this with friends while talking and drinking a beer.
  • When I was in Canada, it was kind of the music to listen to.


Let me hear about sunshine, tan lines and bare feet. Listening to country makes me extremely happy!


Don’t let mainstream decide what you like, no one is born to be part of the boring mainstream anyway.


Let me introduce you to some songs, so you can hear for yourself that there is quite some variety in this awesome genre:

Different for girls – Dierks Bentley (Listen how whiskey is used in the lyrics)

I wanna be that song – Brett Eldredge

Sun song – Common Linnets (Also the song of the week. 🌞)

That don’t sound like you – Lee Brice

Make you mine – High valley (You’re hallelujah, Sunday morning…)

I listen to many other genres of music, but maybe that’s a topic for later.


Starting a new blog

This is my very first post. I feel my fingers running over my keyboard finding their way to the right keys. Still, my mind is not sure yet where to begin.

There are already so many blogs out there that it is hard to be original and ‘new’. And since it is hard, I will still try, but also accept if I don’t achieve originality.

This first blog is about my mind flow for starting this blog.

First of all there is this drive to write. I like to write and tell stories. Two things about story-teling that are typical me.

  1. I tell too much context, especially in written stories.
  2. I tell too little context and hop into the clou of the story.

So whether the one or the other is an overcompensating system, I don’t know (yet). Anyways, this drive explains why I started this blog.

Then, during my studies I was in Canada for my internship for 5 months and during that time I also blogged about my experiences, it was to update my family and now I sometimes read it to relive that time. Now I’m working as a PhD candidate in the UK and in The Netherlands. Three elements here are very interesting.

  1. PhD life itself, since I’m in between student and employee. It’s confusing, entertaining and always interesting.
  2. My personal life is now more complicated, but also more adventurous now I live in two places.
  3. The differences between the cultures in the UK and NL, especially now that after voting for the Brexit the UK is not so united anymore.

Now I knew that I wanted to write a blog and what it should be about, I needed a name for my site. And that’s difficult! In the end it became ‘Try the sunny side’, it’s inspiring, uplifting and positive. My first name is Tryntsje (pronounced as Trynche) and I love the sun!

I hope I will be inspiring to you! 🌞