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I'm a student in cultural studies, a museum enthusiast, a scrapbooker and an art journaler. I love to travel within Europe and I enjoy photography. You can read more about me on my homepage.


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I enjoy:

Emily Falconbridge
Ali Edwards
The Green Frog Studio
Michelle LaPoint Rydell
Elise Blaha
Les ateliers de Karine
Corinne Delis
Amy Tangerine
Bram's tea blog
Martijn Coenen

And in Dutch I enjoy:

Maarten Batenburg
Museum Meermanno
Roeland van Wely

I live, I love, I create, I capture, I learn, I enjoy.

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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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)


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.


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

Cute vehicles:



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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In June...

The skyline of The Hague seen from the bus from Zoetermeer to Leiden.

Maarten and I had drinks with Frank and Danja in Zwolle and visited Kasteel het Nijenhuis in Heino, part of Museum De Fundatie. This was one of the visits we paid to family members in late May and early June to spread the news about our upcoming divorce. We're doing all right, considering the circumstances, and we're still good friends.

We published a special issue of Lees ME, about how to cope with the mental and social consequences of falling ill with the biomedical disease ME. It's in Dutch, you can order it trough contact@me-cvsvereniging.nl (7,50 incl. postage within the Netherlands).

I studied for my exam about the history of collections and museums. I'm a bit bummed I only managed to get a 7 out of 10. Too much divorce-distraction and too many names and details to memorize for my ME-brain.

Salad with my own homegrown chives and parsley!

I went to the open air cinema next to the Pieterskerk in Leiden with Bram and B.. We saw 'The Lunchbox', it was good! So cool to watch a movie beneath the stars!

Roeland and I visited the Nationaal Glasmuseum in Leerdam, where we saw an exhibition on Ernst Haeckel and glass art inspired by his work.

Summer = strawberries!

Another episode of the James Bond-Marathon with several friends and acquaintances, loved the vibe!

I attended the monthly movie night: nice food at the filmhuis restaurant, followed by the Japanese animated movie 'The wind rises'. The story wasn't that interesting, but it looked good.

I attended the spring-meeting of my patient association. Nice to see and meet certain people in person! Maarten said good bye as secretary; his term ended.

I joined in for a monthly sunday afternoon drinks-gathering, in the sun. My friend F. had won a bet by sticking to his diet. His prize was a drink of his choice... Go F.!

I spent a long weekend at J's in the province of Limburg. We had good times: I got a tour of his village and its surroundings, we visited Tongeren (especially the Gallo-Romeins Museum), and on the last day Maarten joined us for some geocaching and a short visit to Maaseik, where I met the stone version of my heroes Jan and Hubert van Eyck.

Thankful for a lot of time spent with friends and other nice people!

Summer = vanilla-orange icecream!

Geplaatst op 05-07-2014.
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