Rachel Heller

writer, blogger, teacher

I am a writer, blogger and teacher-trainer living in Groningen, the Netherlands. Born and raised in the US, I met my Dutch husband while I was in the Peace Corps in Malawi. I blog at Rachel's Ruminations (rachelsruminations.com) about travel and occasionally other topics that interest me.

I am available for content writing--blog posts, for example, and articles--but also for copywriting and content editing. In addition, I am looking for opportunities to collaborate through my blog by writing sponsored posts or through other forms of social media work.

While I am based in the Netherlands, I write in English and my biggest audience is in the US.


Travel writing

Guide to Malawi: Everything you need to visit independently
Malawi, known as "The Warm Heart of Africa," has held a special place in my heart ever since I served in the Peace Corps there back in the 1980's. A small land-locked country in...
A Tourist to the DMZ
DMZ stands for the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea, which is anything but demilitarized. It's a wide strip of no-man's-land that embodies the tension that...
Masada and the Israeli Army
The story of Masada is treasured by the Israelis today: the people of Masada are national heroes.
The Jane Hotel: Nautical Flair
A hotel review. When I entered the lobby and spotted the stuffed peacocks on the wall, mounted vertically with their faded tail feathers dangling, I knew the Jane Hotel wasn't...
Nikko's Breathtaking World Heritage Sites
Nikko, Japan, nestled in the mountains north of Tokyo, is a small town, but is home to an incomparable assemblage of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Top Odd Sights in the North Netherlands
13+ slightly weird, definitely quirky, very off-the-beaten-tracks things to see in the North Netherlands
Groningen walking tour
Groningen is the perfect place for an off-the-beaten-track weekend escape. Home to a world-class university, its young population makes it dynamic and hip, yet its small size...
Planning a Vacation with Teenagers
"Can I bring my Nintendo?" This was my then-14-year-old son's first question when we announced that we were taking a trip to Malawi, East Africa.

Expatriate Life

Classroom culture in the Netherlands
This post discusses how to handle arriving as a teacher at a new international school and finding that it has a very different school culture than your own.
The accidental expat
There are two kinds of expatriates: the kind who move to a foreign country to seize an opportunity for a job or education, and the kind who move to a foreign country for love. A...
Why I renounced my US citizenship (Hint: it's not because I'm avoiding taxes!)
After my American Studies lectures, amid the clamor of students packing up and making their way out of a crowded lecture hall, a few students often line up to ask me individual...
Is Black Pete racist?
A post discussing the racist Dutch tradition of Zwarte Piet.

Other Topics

The Wrong Choice
an article about a Dutchman, my father-in-law, who fought for the Germans in World War II.
Israel and Palestine: Toddlers in a Sandbox
an opinion piece about Israel and Palestine
Shaken convictions
“Yes! That’s just what they deserve, and the sooner the better!”
Emotional Blackmail via Facebook
This blog post discusses the frequent emotional blackmail implied in many viral facebook posts.

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