Tag: Netherlands

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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Up in the air Aug 2, 2015

Summertime is the high time for flying.

One of my colleagues has got a Private Pilot Licence (PPL) and his own share of a light aircraft Diamond Star DA40-TDI. Which he offered us to fly. Diamond DA40-TDI Diamond Star.

It's been my first, but hopefully not last, experience with this type of aircraft.

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Trimming big Jul 20, 2015

I've always wondered how those mile-long roadside hedges get trimmed. And recently witnessed the process, which, expectedly, makes use of technology:

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The Gentle Storm and Stream of Passion in Melkweg Mar 29, 2015

It's been a while since my last gig report, time to catch up with the latest developments in the Dutch rock world. I've a perfect occasion as I've seen two live rock legends.

The project called The Gentle Storm, which is just one year old, were presenting their debut album The Diary in the Amsterdam club Melkweg (I've seen Pagan's Mind there before).

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Happy New 2015! Jan 3, 2015

We had a great time celebrating the New 2015, together with our Russian and Ukrainian friends. Red caviar is a typical Russian delight.

Here, outside of our homelands, we're still friends, you know.

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Househunt Dec 12, 2014

So we've settled in Houten. It's time to go in particulars on how we sought a house.

Looking for a house has a special name in Dutch: huizenjacht, which literally translates as "househunt". During the hunt we gradually figured out a number of criteria:

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