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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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Bulgaria ‣ Part 1. Sofia May 13, 2017

There's this country on our globe that is kind of special for Russian-speaking people, because they use the same alphabet but pretty different words. Which usually results in something either incomprehensible or hilarious.

That country is called Bulgaria, and I recently happened to visit its capital Sofia, and also to spend a day in the nearby Plovdiv.

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Oddland, Until Rain, Wolverine at De Boerderij May 7, 2017

It's been for the first time that a support act was as interesting for me as the headliners. At the end of the day, all three participants of The Progressive Aspects Tour proved to be up to par!

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The castlerun, third edition Apr 18, 2017

Last Easter Monday I've completed my third castlerun De Halve van De Haar, a half marathon (21.1 km) held in the park of the De Haar castle.

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