About me

Extreme Ironing – a wonderful outdoor sport, here being done in Switzerland, a wonderful small European country

My name is Michael. I was born in Russia and I have lived in Israel for many years. All in all, I’ve lived in 5 different countries, but at least in the geographical sense I have spent most of my life in Asia. In recent years I have been living in Rotterdam, in the Netherlands, a small European country (SEC for short). Since I was born nor raised here, I have the advantage of an outsider view on local life and habits.

The town of Kotor in Montenegro, a small European country

This blog is about certain aspects of life in a small European country, which make it different from other small European countries but also different from a large and/or non-European country. I try to identify and explore these aspects, for the enjoyment of my readers and myself.

If you would like to re-publish anything from this blog, you are free to do so under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. In plain language – you can use any text and images I publish here (unless credited otherwise), as long as you do not modify them or get any profit out of their. For commercial and/or modified use of content please contact me using the form below.

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I also welcome guest posts to this blog. If you want to contribute by sharing your experiences of travelling or living in a small European country, have ideas on what makes a country big or small, would like to debate the definitions of Europe, want to discuss the differences between small European and non-European countries, your content is welcome at Small European country.

Also, if you enjoy my writing and would like me to write a guest post or a column for your website, have any other writing-related proposals, or would like to comment privately on the contents of this blog, please contact me using the form below:

8 responses to “About me

  1. Thanks for visiting Terribly Write. I’ve been exploring SEC and enjoying your writing. I’ll be stopping back often.

  2. I also live in a SEC. It is nice to view Netherlands from your perspective.

  3. basya

    I appreciate your comments on Why Gaza blog…. please keep writing.

  4. Hey there Michael! I’m doing a project where I’m following ten exciting, fresh, and interesting bloggers each day for the month of March 2015, and you’re today’s #3! Feel free to come visit me when you can at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com, and follow if you like what you read. Have a good one!

  5. Hey there, I nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger award! Check out the rules of the award on my blog here: http://bit.ly/1HlX4oM & keep up the great work!

    • Thank you very much. This is my first blogging award and I appreciate your compliment. It really means much to me to know my writing inspires someone. Especially since I myself am a very extravert person, I am much pleased to know I can not only communicate with but actually inspire introvert people. Again, thank you for valuating my work.

  6. Pingback: People Who Live in Small Places #5: The Netherlands |

  7. Hi

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and liking a post. Hope you come back again soon

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