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Riverside at De Boerderij Jun 6, 2017

Another childhood's dream has come true! I've been following the Polish prog band Riverside almost since its birth. Okay, I was in my twenties back then, so strictly speaking it wasn't childhood.

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Half marathon: Ijsselstijnloop Jun 3, 2017

Today I've run yet another half marathon (21.1 km), in the small town of Ijsselstein, which is near to Houten we live in.

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Review: Xiaomi In-Ear Headphones Pro HD Jun 3, 2017

I'm not really into reviewing gadgets, but in this case it's worth doing it. Today I'd like to review Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro HD by the well-known Chinese make Xiaomi.

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The architecture of our time: Emoji building May 23, 2017

What I like about the Dutch is how they manage to combine classic with contemporary, conservative with conspicuous. For instance, the modern Dutch architecture is usually quite geometrical and sober, with no gaudy elements. As you have a closer look, you suddenly spot emojis on the façade!

Vathorst, a young district in Amersfoort (where we once held our aikido demo), has recently got an apartment building with twenty-two emoticons picked from the popular messenger WhatsApp. I decided to take a look at this new attraction after I've read about it in the local news.

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Level C1 reached! May 22, 2017

My latest Dutch language course has come to an end. It took almost a year to get through, partly due to my entrepreneurial adventures. I've started the course, at the time paid by my employer ING, in July last year, and kept getting lessons long after leaving ING.

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Bulgaria ‣ Part 2. Plovdiv May 21, 2017

We decided to dedicate the last day of our Sophian journey to Plovdiv, going there in the morning and returning in the afternoon.

This idea was suggested by Slavyan during the Free Sofia Tour. Plovdiv is easily reachable by bus departing from the Sofia Bus Station. The direct trip takes two hours and costs 14 leva (€7).

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