Tag: Netherlands

On the subject of running Dec 29, 2015

The year is coming to an end again, with so much left to run. I can't repeat my 2013's record of 800 km this year—in 2015 I've only run some 600 km. Not because I'm lazy, but due to being more active in aikido.

Houten's "bike avenues" are great to run on, also because there are not so many bikes using them at the time when I'm running, that is in the evening and during the weekend.

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Nightwish, Arch Enemy, Amorphis at Heineken Music Hall Nov 28, 2015

It's now Movember (a.k.a. Musical November), which means — showtime!

And today's report is about the Finnish symphonic metal legend Nightwish.

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The monument of Elfstedentocht Nov 22, 2015

Every winter an average Dutch casts glances at the thermometer, hoping for a real cold to come.

The cause for such a strange wish is called Elfstedentocht, or the Eleven cities tour.

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Dodgy kiwi Sep 9, 2015

A year ago I posted about fruit groves in Houten. Last summer brought a sudden news on that topic.

A decade ago our neighbour has planted a kiwi tree. The plant has been growing into our two gardens, but has never given a single kiwi fruit. Until the last summer, that is, because mid-August we've spotted the first fruit ever! Too bad for our neighbours, it was a dodgy one, as it's growing on our side of the fence. Houten kiwi.

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SAIL Amsterdam 2015 Sep 4, 2015

Between the 19 and the 23 of August Amsterdam hosted a huge marine event called SAIL Amsterdam. It's held once every five years, and is most known for its tall ships (apart from hundreds of other ships). During the event they sail in loops around the IJ lake, giving the area a totally different look and attracting millions (yes, millions) of visitors.

For these days bridges over the IJ are open or even get dismantled to let the tall ships sail in.

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Getting a Russian visa Aug 6, 2015

In my last post I offered you some insight into the Hell's Kitchen, usually labelled with a sign Почта России (Russian Post).

This story is about a quest called "getting a Russian visa". I have to warn you it won't be as dramatic as the previous one. Partly because the main burden is usually on the shoulders of the receiving person.

As I had ho experience with a Russian visa, I decided to get a private one, which means you need an invitation from someone living in Russia. It might be a better idea to get a tourist visa instead. Because even getting an invitation is a task for a smart, swift, brave, patient and lucky.

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