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Emily Falconbridge
Ali Edwards
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Revlie
Marit
Elise Blaha
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Corinne Delis
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Maarten Batenburg
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Roeland van Wely

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In August...

I started the month with a weekend at fantasy event Castlefest. On saturday I went with a whole group of friends and acquaintances, on sunday I went with Wilma, Danja and Bram. It was hot and sunny and we mostly hung out in the grass, listening to bands.

Maarten, Rob, J. and I met up in 's-Hertogenbosch for a boat trip to Heusden. A nice, sunny day with friends!

I visited Guido. We cooked together at his place and had a fun evening hanging out together. Yay for new friends!

Thanks to some really good discounts, Roeland and I got to spend two days in the north of France. We visited Lille and the new Louvre branch in Lens.

I cooked Maarten a pre-birthday dinner.

I attended the monthly film night, this time at the arthouse cinema. A walk around town with Guido, a nice dinner followed by the movie 'Bird People', which was ok with kind of a weird twist.

Bram and I like to stroll along the streets and canals of Leiden, catching up and catching some fresh air (and some icecream in early august). During the El Cid-week (the week the freshman students of Leiden are introduced to student life) we went to get a cup of hot chocolate at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden during our walk and found ourselves in the middle of a (free) classical concert by a student orchestra (Collegium Musicum). Nice!

K. treated my to a couple of days in Madrid, where she had to go to pick up her new puppy. Nice time, nice company, nice city, nice museums!

I attended the fireworks at Scheveningen with Bram, Guido and F.. I've seen better fireworks, but we had a nice evening + restaurant dinner.

Wilma keeps bugging me for empty glass jars for her current jam-making frenzie. Thanks to her, I have pretty much become the crazy girl digging trough her friend's trash for empty jars. Thank you Bram, glad you survived eating the jam Wilma sent in return...
I tasted some of her jam myself and it wasn't bad, which is something considering I usually dislike blackberry jam.

I've been growing basil, and used it to make my own pesto for a dinner with Roeland and former neighbour M.. Recipe in Dutch. After dinner we played rummikub and won one round each (NOW I get why it's not Roeland's favorite game: he doesn't always win! Got him to play another two rounds later in the month which verified it ;-) ).

Maarten and I saw the first episode of the new series of Doctor Who. Timetravelling dinosaurs, quips, pretty girls, 19th century London and the drone of Frankenstein.

I attended the opening of the new Meermanno-exhibition about birds. I have yet to see the exhibition itself, but the opening was nice, with Ivo de Wijs, our curator Erik Geleijns and a few other speakers and a short concert by Ellen ten Damme and her magpie. Click here to listen to a radio show with recordings of the opening.
Maarten was in the neighbourhood and came over for a cup of water in the museum's garden afterwards.


Birds on the pavement showed the route from the KB-building to Museum Meermanno on opening day.

Bram and I visited the Lakenhal to see the exhibition on Gerrit Dou just in time before it ended. Worth while!

Maarten and I spent a day exploring Naarden, a good example of a fortified town. We spent most of that time at the Vestingmuseum, and did a boat trip around part of the town.

Geplaatst op 03-09-2014.
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In July...

I had dinner with Roeland and two of his friends. I made spinach pie and a salad. Afterwards we went to a lecture at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities).

I spent some time with Lap, who stayed in Zoetermeer while her people went on holiday.

I baked chocolate bread. I put too much cocoa in it. It was pretty good with chocolate paste though!

I (wo)manned a Museum Meermanno-stand at the Dordtse Boekenmarkt (Dordrecht Book Market) with A.. We sold some books and postcards and told a lot of people about our museum.

I got my very own tiny radish. Learning a lot about gardening in pots these days.

I had dinner at A Roma restaurant in Den Haag with Maarten, Bram and other nice people. Afterwards most of us went to see 'How to train your dragon 2'. My expectations had been low, so the movie exceeded them: a 6.

I spent an afternoon in Leiden with L.. We hadn't seen each other since last fall so it was nice to catch up. Since I had broken my little toe we didn't do much walking. We first hung out at the roof terrace of La Place above V&D (which offers a nice view over part of the city), and then sat in the sun at the terrace of Café De Bruine Boon, where Maarten joined us for a while.

Maarten and I saw 'Un long dimanche de fiancailles' on dvd. Not as good as Amélie, but we did like it.

I went to see M. and other students of the Paul van Vliet Academie perform at the Zeeheldentheater. So cool to see them working to make their dream come true!

J. and I visited the Thermenmuseum in Heerlen: a museum on Roman times in that region, centered around the remains of a Roman bathhouse.

I attended the last part of the James Bond marathon with friends and acquaintances. Another fun day, but I'm glad we'll be picking other movies again for future marathons ;-)

A new exhibition was opened at Museum Meermanno, on ex-libris. It ends at August 17, so come see it quickly!

I was studying ethics and liked it. Especially that time when I had a couple of hours between work and my next appointment and I brought my book to the beach!

I had an interview at a bureau that hires out personnel to cultural institutions. They're going to try and find a payed placement for me! Fingers crossed!

Bram, G., F. and I had a great day sailing at the Kagerplassen.

Maarten and I went to see Den Haag Sculptuur (The Hague Sculpture), including the exhibition at Museum Beelden aan Zee.

I visited Museum Twentse Welle.

Roeland beat me at Scrabble. Twice.

I visited the exhibition 'De Gouden Middeleeuwen' (The Golden Middle Ages) at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National Museum of Antiquities) with Wilma.

Jannet came over for dinner. She let me try her violin, and the cat didn't even panic!

Geplaatst op 01-08-2014.
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MAS Antwerp

During our day in Antwerp on December 18, 2011, Maarten and I visited the recently opened Museum aan de Stroom (MAS). It has an interesting architecture and houses several collections that used to be housed seperately. The roof terrace offers good views over the city.

The museum has several floors. The permanent exhibitions are divided by themes: world harbour, world city, life and death, power... other floors house an open depot, room for temporary exhibitions, offices, a restaurant and a multifunctional space. Downstairs there's an entrance hall, a cloak room and a café.

The exhibition spaces are located in the center of the bouiding. Around this core there's a sort of promenade with glass on the outside. It winds its way up and around the core. Entrance to this promenade and the roof terrace is free, you only have to buy a ticket if you want to enter the exhibition rooms.

We saw a temporary exhibition of 16th and 17th century art from Antwerp from the collection of the Museum voor Schone Kunsten that was being renovated: Meesterwerken in het MAS. These old masterpieces were shown alongside modern art. And they had Jan van Eyck! :-)

Geplaatst op 23-07-2014.
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The Cather in the Rye - J.D. Salinger

Recently I picked up 'The Cather in the Rye' from Roeland's bookcase. It's one of those books that I knew by name, because it's a classic, but I had no idea what it was about. The title made it sound like a scary Hitchcock movie: this creep lurking in a field of Rye, taking and killing people who wander into it... That was very far off, but after reading, the title does make sense.
The use of language sets the tone and you get taken into Holden's head, as he tells you what he wants to tell you about how he seemed to be derailing (in certain ways) because he has troubles coping with his younger brother's death. While you're reading, you slowly start to interpret what has happened to Holden and what he is going trough. He only tells you stuff from his perception, looking back, as a 17y/o, at himself as a 16y/o. That allows him to do add some insight he has gained since, but especially the adults are shown within the limitations of a teenage boy's view of them and their behaviour. Glad I've read it.

Geplaatst op 22-07-2014.
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Antwerp

On December 18, 2011, Maarten and I visited Antwerp.

Geplaatst op 21-07-2014.
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Midwinterfair 2011

On December 11, 2011 I visited the Midwinterfair in Archeon with Maarten, Wilma, Frank, Harry Potter aka Danja, and her friends Bellatrix Lestrange and Hermione Granger. All kinds of wandwaving and spells all around, cold, our friends of Donderelf, steampunk inventions and such from the Underground Laboratory, chatting handpuppets, some great costumes, huggers wanting to spread the love, a nazgul sniffing our hands in search of The One Ring (I didn't tell him Marit has it ;-) ), music, a victorian photographer, and a good athmosphere.

Photo's taken by Wilma, Frank and me.

Geplaatst op 18-07-2014.
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Glow 2011 - Day 2

On November 11, 2011 Maarten and I saw the rest of GLOW 2011 (part 1 here)


Dinner.


Tunnel of Love by Studio VOLLAERSZWART; a dark bicycle tunnel with glow-in-the-dark hearts.


Crossing into the unknown - side project by TU/e students.


Secret service by Bert Vredegoor, turning an old factory-like building into something of a gothic church.


Prometheus: a Tesla coil machine producing lightning flashes, accompanied with loud music it seemed to react to. Side project by TU/e students.


Above the city was a laser beam, from one of the TU/e buildings to the Van Abbemuseum.


Brainpulse by Openlight. Purple lights on a building front, that react to flashing camera's. Their video explains it better:


Flits by Wiersma & Smeets. A hall filled with flashing, soundmaking, lightgiving installations.


S.J. van Embden monument by Peter Vink.


'Transformatie' en het fluisterbos (Tranformation and the whisper woods) by Michel Suk and TU/e.


Windgrafiek by Ralph Brodruck


I thínk this is S(w)inging Biorythms: Feel the tone of light, by Stichting onderzoek licht en gezondheid.


Schoonheid van stagnatie (Beauty of stagnation). Projections by Michel Suk and music composed by Bart van Dongen.


Glow Carpet by We Make Carpets. A carped consisting of glow-in-the-dark stones.


Metropolux by Har Hollands and Cees Bos. With a zeppelin!


Exquisite Zone by Karasic & Van Gelder. Visitors could send drawings trough their smartphones, which were then projected on a building together with other people's drawings.


Ending the day with Swirl froyo.

Geplaatst op 16-07-2014.
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On the street - Pictograms

No hiding and sulking behind the curtain!


In a tramcar in Brussels

Mixed poledancing area


In a tramcar in Brussels

dogs prohibited, violators will be decapitated.


's-Hertogenbosch

Is it just me or do te people of Baarn have an odd way to play minigolf?

Cute vehicles:


's-Hertogenbosch


Oslo

These little guys make me think of Fisher Price people.

If that angle is correct, I'd be terrified if I was sitting in a wheelchair!

Do not sit in a feminine way here.

1: cover your ears with your hands, not with earphones. (Or: Warning: using earwarmers can cause utter despair) (Or: Use both hands to lift your head off of your shoulders)
2: Do not position your feet like that when doing sit-ups.
3: Do not kick against the trash on the floor of the vehicle.

I'm sure the people of the balloon stand about 50 meters away are very happy about this...

Geplaatst op 12-07-2014.
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