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To the zoo

Posted 1 June 2006 - The Hague (NL):

Beside Moscow, another topic that seems to be hot these days: the zoo. Knut, Berlin's favourite polar bear cub, Bokito from Rotterdam, and Boris the Siberian tiger who apparently likes people to speak French to him - they all make headlines.

Here's a photo of Nala and Simba in Rotterdam Zoo.

(© Rotterdam - NL, February 2001)
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What you see..

Posted 2 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

Uhm, I sometimes get asked whether I ever 'cheat' with postings.. Well, I do and regular visitors will notice.. Sometimes I get annoyed with old photographs and then just kick them out of the archive database. Or post two days in one go.. Or vertical photos. They steal to much attention because they are so much bigger than horizontal ones. Anyway, I'm not suffering from blog stress. And by the way, below is the original text of my posting, I only changed the photo this time. I like photos with cars and crossroads and electricity posts and put this one in place of a tree looking like a dragon. That photo just started getting on my nerves, sorry for the inconvenience.

".. oftentimes is not what you get. But objectives sometimes justify means, as was the case in the Big Kidney Hoax: a nice piece of unconventional yet effective marketing."

(© West Mersea - UK, July 2006)
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Family matters

Posted 3 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

New family member on board! My sister gave birth to a healthy kiddy yesterday, a girl by the name Esmay, weighing 4250 grams. Even though I've already got a photo of the small thing, I will do with posting an archive photo of mother and father, on their wedding day in June of last year.

(© Delft - NL, June 2006)
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Portrait week

Posted 4 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

One week to go before the Scandinavio-Scottish trip and it's going to be a busy one. Football on Monday, family stuff on Tuesday. On Wednesday and Thursday, I'm taking portrait photos for Ruimte voor Helden again, just like the one below portraying the manager of a chain of Medical Advice offices. Then on Friday: off to Scandinavia..

(© Deventer - NL, May 2007)
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Do more by working less

Posted 5 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

When reading the newspaper yesterday, I read an article about a book called 'How to be free' by Tom Hodgkinson. It contains some nice hints about the good life, some of which sound very familiar to me: don't wear a watch, throw away your TV, don't care about insurances, take a nap in the afternoon..

There's a whole organisation behind this movement. For more info see the Idler website or read an (old) interview with the guy who says that doing nothing may be more useful than working hard.

(© Ault - FR, May 2007)
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Colourful United '07

Posted 6 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

Here's the 2007 version of the Hollyhock team photo:

(© The Hague - NL, June 2007)
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Ex - ex - architect

Posted 7 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

I could spend this article on the G-8 but I won't because it looks like nothing positive will be achieved over there.

Another subject of long and heated debates is the demolition of the Black Madonna: a residential building in the centre of The Hague that has been controversial since the first plans to have it constructed back in 1982. Through this (and other designs), architect Carel Weeber tried to initiate a public debate about architecture. He managed quite alright.

The Black Madonna will be replaced by - yet another - complex of ministry buildings.

(© The Hague - NL, April 2007)
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Hit the road

Posted 8 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

Or rather.. hit the air. We're flying to Copenhague tonight for a quick escape from everyday reality. For more photos like this one, have a look at Mr. Lee's album.

(© Delft - NL, June 2007)
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CPH, status OK

Posted 9 June 2007 - Copenhagen (DK):

In spite of some heavy thunderstorms passing by at Schiphol Airport last night, we had quite a steady flight into Copenhagen. During our approach to Kastrup, we had a nice view over the city. One thing that itches is the fact that I can't say a word here. Danish people sound like Germans speaking Swedish. I can copy the sound, but that's where it ends. We're here for only three days, and that's too short to really pratice.

No complaints apart from that. The weather is nice and the parks are filled with happy people enjoying the sun. Summer is in the air :)

(© Copenhagen - DK, June 2007)
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Denmark Day 2

Posted 10 June 2007 - Copenhagen (DK):

Our second day in Denmark's capital has been just as pleasant as the first one. We have once again walked around the city and picknicked and slept in the park -this time accompanied by three Danish friends. We're leaving for Sweden tomorrow and got our train tickets secured so all looks good for the days to come.

(© Copenhagen - DK, June 2007)
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From Denmark to Sweden

Posted 11 June 2007 - Varnhem (SE):

We left the outskirts of Copenhagen this morning to make our way to Sweden. We first passed the big bridge that connects the two countries. Then spent some time in Malmö and took the X2000 high speed train to get to Nässjö and catch a train to Skövde, right inbetween the big two lakes. We arrived in the early evening and were served a nice dinner by Bas's parents' friends. After dinner, they showed us their little Stuga, a nice little building bigger than a hut but smaller than a house. We'll be staying there until Thursday.

Below photo shows the Christiania neighbourhood in Copenhagen, where just about anything is allowed, except taking photos...

(© Copenhagen - DK, June 2007)
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Du gamla, Du fria

Posted 12 June 2007 - Varnhem (SE):

This is a portrait of our backpacks, sitting in front of the stuga I mentioned yesterday.

It's very nice to be back in Sweden, and its the first time I see Sweden in summer (except a morning trip to Malmö in 2001). Lots of green, lots of lakes, and lots of red wooden houses. Very Swedish. People speak Swedish, which I can definitely handle a lot better than Danish. It's nice to hear those sounds again! Our stuga is really nice and I will try to post some photos of it tomorrow.

So what are we up to while in this part of Sweden? Some cyclying, some walking and some swimming. And enjoying the sound of silence.

(© Varnhem - SE, June 2007)
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Sweden so far

Posted 13 June 2007 - Varnhem (SE):

This is a photo of the road to Fallsköping, just outside the house. It doesn't really get dark here at this time of year. Thanks to the fresh air and exercise, we do not have any trouble sleeping.

Yesterday, Espen - Folkert and Geertje's son, took us to one of the lakes to swim. The cycling route was nice and allowed for some nice photos.

Today in the afternoon, Folkert and Geertje took us to a nice restaurant in Skövde for lunch. We then went for a walk in the forest and took the bus to get back to Varnhem.

(© Varnhem - SE, June 2007 )
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IFK och Ullevi, vi är i Göteborg

Posted 14 June 2007 - Göteborg (SE):

Another photo of the Swedish landscape. I took this photo on the way back from the lake where we went swimming the other day.

I'm now reporting from Göteborg, where we have arrived a few hours ago. We will move on tomorrow in the afternoon, and head for Moss in Norway to visit Siri and Mladen. But first we need to get a good impression of Göteborg, which is said to be similar to Amsterdam. Twentyfour hours to check whether that's true..

(© Varnhem - SE, June 2007)
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European newspaper tour part II

Posted 15 June 2007 - Göteborg (SE):

After a first appearance in a local Polish newspaper in 2002, we now made it to a local Swedish one, at the noble occasion of Bas and me testing alcohol free wine at a stand in front of Skövde's Systembolaget:

(© Skövde - SE, June 2007)
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Out of Sweden, into Norway

Posted 16 June 2007 - Svinndal (NO):

After all this time of having wanted to visit Göteborg, I think I got a bit more excited than I should have. Well, it was nice getting an impression of it, even though that impression was a bit disappointing. I found it to be a bit of a combination between a typical border city (like Venlo or Heerlen in the Netherlands) and a typical harbour city like Rotterdam. And altogether not as similar to Amsterdam as promised. Anyway, the photo below is the one I ended up liking most.

In the meantime, the B&B travel circus has moved to Svinndal in Norway. We are visiting Siri and Mladen and it's really nice to see them again!

(© Göteborg - SE, June 2007)
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Discovering Norway

Posted 17 June 2007 - Svinndal (NO):

We're still in Svinndal, Norway and this morning I went for a hike in the forest with Siri's father and Marte's father - Marthe being Siri's travel mate from 2002 and we're meeting up with her tomorrow in Oslo. We went off track, through the green and over the rocks. It's the first day we have real rain, but the weather was just perfect for this walk.

Yesterday, I first cycled to the nearby lake with Siri and took the photo below. Then the four of us (Bas, Mladen, Siri and me) want to Fredrikstad to see the old and the new city. In the evening, we (this time: Bas, Siri's brother and me) went swimming in the lake, and all the nature around here is just so nice: fresh air smelling of wood and grass, fresh water and even the tap water is noticeably nice. Altogether, having a wonderful time here. Tomorrow, I'm flying to Scotland to see what life is like on that side of the sea. And I'll post a photo of this morning's hike.

(© Svinndall - NO, June 2007)
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Marchons, marchons!

Posted 18 June 2007 - Glasgow (UK):

Here's one of the pictures I shot during the Sunday morning hike with Siri's and Marthe's dads. It was precisely what you call cross country, just straight across everything, fully using and enjoying the Allemannsretten. Lots of wet grass, trees, rocks, mud and everything - very exciting altogether!

(© Svinndal - NO, June 2007)
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Architectura di Tutti Frutti

Posted 19 June 2007 - Glasgow (UK):

I left Bas in Oslo yesterday and made it to Glasgow on my own. I was here before, in 2001, but I somehow hadn't realised how cool this city is! It's a big mess, but an interesting one. A mixture of plain ugly and once-beautiful buildings in all styles you can imagine. All that doesn't keep me from moving on to Stirling this afternoon though...

(© Glasgow - UK, June 2007)
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Grtz fr Choockterland

Posted 20 June 2007 - Lochearnhead (UK):

Hello again, it's me from Scotland. In spite of my never ending sneezing since yesterday, I'm still having a good time. I'm staying with Katie en Charles. Katie being Bas's former classmate in Poland and Charles being her boyfriend. We drove around the countryside for a bit today and I managed to get some nice photos, including this portrait photo of the two of them.

Other news of the day: Stock agency Jipla put a selection of my photos online for other people to buy and use in educational publications. It's mostly standard photos and no real exciting art stuff, but it's still a nice way of making my photography a bit more useful.

(© Kenmore - UK, June 2007)
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When in Rome..

Posted 21 June 2007 - Lochearnhead (UK):

And when in Scotland... And so I had Scottish breakfast in the morning, tried local whiskys during the day, ate haggis in the evening and almost got flooded with beers and whiskey afterwards..

(© Killin - UK, June 2007)
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Lakes, mountains and clouds

Posted 22 June 2007 - Edinburgh (UK):

Today was my last entire day in Scotland and I used it to get from Lochearnhead to Edinburgh. Below photo is from last Wednesday's roundtrip.

(© Crieg - UK, June 2007)
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Back in The Hague

Posted 24 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

This year's summer holidays rocked! Thanks to the people we met and especially the people we stayed with. If any of you is reading this: some photos will be coming your way soon! And for the Dutch speaking people an extensive travel report as well.

There's not much time for unpacking, I'm leaving for Poland on Tuesday evening!

(© Lochearnhead - UK, June 2007)
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Houses and Streets

Posted 27 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

During any future trip(s), I am planning to take more photos of just streets and houses. They look so different by country or even by region. And they pretty much determine the local landscape. Most of the time, the sight of those streets and houses brings back rather exact memories of what walking around those specific places was like. Anyway, here's two for Scotland..

For Dutch people who like reading: I finished my trip report and if you are brave enough to start reading it, here is where to click.

(© Scotland - UK, June 2007)
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Blue flowers

Posted 27 June 2007 - Wyszomierz (PL):

My friend Bas is graduating in Organisation and Management today. That by itself is a good thing but it's even more impressive when taking into consideration that he scored 9 out of 10 for his thesis and that he has been able to complete the thesis at all after his accident now two years ago.

Below photo is from 2002 and shows Bas on top of one of the Polish Tatra mountains. It serves as a reminder that whenever something seems difficult, there's always a small blue flower that will smile at you and help you persevere in whatever is the right thing to do.

(© Tatras - PL, June 2002)
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Weather extremes

Posted 28 June 2007 - Bialowieza (PL):

Extreme weather patterns are taking over Europe, with big floods in the UK and extreme heat in the south of Europe.

Here in the east of Poland, it's rainy, windy and rather cold.. I took this photo on today's morning excursion to the open air Bizon park nearby.

(© Bialowieza - PL, June 2007)
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Jedziemy do domu

Posted 29 June 2007 - Bialowieza (PL):

Today is our last day in Poland. I'm looking forward to a quiet weekend and week in Holland. One of the best things about travelling is returning home and being happy to be there again.

So, what have we been doing here? Meeting lots of telecom people among whom the future female president of Russia, eating bigos and drinking Żubrówka.

(© Bialowieza - PL, June 2007)
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Portraits for E-zine

Posted 30 June 2007 - The Hague (NL):

Another edition of the Hero-Zine came out this week and it contained some photos I took earlier this month. In the first week of June, I visited architect Jan Weeda to take some portrait photos. Below is one of them that was not used for the e-zine which is a perfect opportunity for me to post it here:

(© Rotterdam - NL, June 2007)
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