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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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Cupcakes in 2011

My crochetted cupcake mascottes in 2011:


Lots of small chocolat friends to be found in Bruges!

These sweet, colourful friends are calld 'Gentse Neusjes' (Little noses from Ghent)

Cupcake and Botje (little 'bot), another travelbuddy

'Out of my way, little cupcake!'

@ Starbucks Antwerp Central Station. Turns out caramel from Starbucks has soy in it. No more playing with chocolate-caramel muffins from Starbucks for Cupcake!

At STAM Ghent

Designhuis Eindhoven, during an exhibition of light art:

Vondelpark, Amsterdam. These friends are smart, they're taking precausions

Playing with some Belgian friends on the way to London

Hanging out with a mate from London


With a Bossche Bol in 's-Hertogenbosch

Always fun to find little friends to play with when you're visiting people!

Geplaatst op 16-04-2014.
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Helmond 11-11-2011

We spent the rest of the afternoon of November 11, 2011 in Helmond, where we had a brochure guide us on a tour of the town. Unfortunately, the local castle was taken over by some Sinterklaas media circus.

Geplaatst op 14-04-2014.
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MU: After the bit rush; Design in a post digital age

After breakfast at Subway on November 11, 2011, Maarten and I visited art gallery MU. There we saw the exhibition 'After the bit rush; Design in a post digital age'. Some of the works were interactive, so we spent some time playing around.

Colour Chaser - Yuri Suzuki

D/Struct - Lucas Maassen and Raw Color

Small versions of Theo Jansen's 'Strandbeest'

Godmode - Tim Knapen. Visitors were invited to make a drawing, scan it in a photo copy machine, and then the images were shown moving on a screen. And by moving, I mean animated. I drew a cupcake but didn't close up the top of it's head properly. So it was animated like the sides of it's glazing where opening and closing ;-)

Digital Fungus - EDMV projected on a plant

Kiosk - Unfold

Geplaatst op 13-04-2014.
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Glow 2011 - Day 1

On November 10, 2011, Maarten, Rob and I visited GLOW 2011; the annual light festival in Eindhoven. We didn't see all of it; Maarten and I spent the night in Eindhoven so we could see the rest of it the next evening.

Reading the same book on our way south. When Maarten got it, he decided it was too bulky to travel with it. So I cut it in half and added an extra cover for each half.

In front of the train station was Cupola, by Luminairie de Cagna; a big dome of coloured lights that reminded me of their project for 2010.

Glow for kids; lamp screens decorated by grade school kids.

Charm on Speed by Projektil

Light Painting by Artslide & Spectaculaires.

Burning Van Abbe Museum by Xavier de Richemont.

Interstices in a synaptic space by Afterlight.

Binary Waves by LAb(au)

Volume by United Visual Artists.

Fireflies by Tamar Frank.

We also saw several side projects:
Hiroaki Umeda: split flow by Baltan Laboratories and the Van Abbe Museum. In a dark hallway, beams of light would change colour if movement was detected. We moved and Rob danced and in doing so, we produced rainbows. One of our favorites that evening.

At how many lux...? by Onomatopee, an international group of artists. A series of rooms with different works, and a small café.

And a few more things we encountered:

Al that walking in the cold had made us hungry, so we ended our evening with a meal at the restaurant above the train station.

Geplaatst op 12-04-2014.
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The National Day of my Faculty

I study at Open University. Its buildings are all over the country (and Flanders) and the students are spread out. So once a year the university organizes a day of lectures in Nijmegen for all cultural studies students to get together. We can choose between several lectures. In 2011, the theme was heroes (which, funnily enough, corresponded with the children's bookweek theme superheroes that was going on at the same time.) I attended three lectures. The organization took care of lunch.

The first lecture was given by my mentor Arjan Vader, on how the trend of naming streets (and often all streets in one new neighbourhood) after maritime heroes evolved.

The second lecture was by Irmin Visser, another teacher of the OU, on heroes in the arts. He's a nice lecturer but mostly focussed on antique heroes and their myths, with which I'm already familiar since highschool.

The last lecture, which most students attended, was by Pieter Steinz. There was a lot of delay since the sound installation wasn't working. In the end he decided to risk his voice and do without it. I sat up front so I could here him well. He gave an interesting lecture on people who have become the material of myth and literature but have actually lived or are based on a real person. He has written a book on the subject: 'Macbeth heeft echt geleefd' (meaning something like 'Macbeth really existed'.)

It was fun to hang out with fellow students and meet people I don't often get to meet. Including my non-student friends M&J, who live in the east of The Netherlands, with whom I went out for dinner in Arnhem afterwards.

Geplaatst op 05-04-2014.
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In March...

Polare, a large chain of bookstores, went bankrupt. They had a big sale of part of their stock. I filled several bags with books (they charged 5 euro a bag). I only bought two books for myself, the rest will be birthday presents and such. Later that day I had tea (tealess tea for me, off course ;-) ) with Roeland and his neighbour R..

It was starting to look and feel like spring. I had a nice afternoon walk in Zoetermeer with my friend F..

Later that day I visited Wilma and Fred to celebrate Fred's birthday (Maarten was ill so he couldn't come along). We had Greek take-out for dinner.

The florist had wrapped the cellophane in a way that reminded Maarten and me of ears. So I added eyes and a mouth...

At Meermanno I started entering the Doeve collection into the collection database. We had a farewell reception for G., who had been sacked due to cut- backs. And at the end of the month, I worked with L. to get the digital newsletter ready and out the door.

Fran and I attended the Salon de Museologie. This month's topic was: 'what can museums learn from commercial blockbuster exhibitions?'

The monthly Friday night's drinks night in Leiden was fun. I learned a new trick using beer coasters.

I found this scene on the window sill. The colourful paper fruits made me think of the flower garlands people offer to the gods in Asia. Was someone offering to the dalek?

Or was the dalek offering them to the cow? Whatever it was, it seemed kinda out of character ;-)

I attended a study day in Amsterdam for city planning. Teacher Irmin herded his flock of students all around the city center. He had appointed each of us a building about which we had to give a 5-minute presentation on location. I got 't Aepgen, one of only two historical houses with a wooded facade left standing in Amsterdam. We got nice, sunny spring weather.

I caught a bad cold that kept me in bed for a while. Even using my laptop was too much for a couple of days, so nothing left to do than rest and read some light fiction. This happened shortly before my city planning exam, so I had to postpone it :-/

When I was feeling a little better I attended a monthly gathering with some friends and acquaintances. Still spring!


I voted.

I met up With Jannet a couple times.

I walked around in Leiden with Bram.

Maarten and I went to see 'Her'. Kinda sweet.

After months of looking for it, I finally got my hands (mouth...) on a Magnum Five kisses #1: crème brûlée!

Maarten and I attended B.'s birthday party. I ate too much chocolate profiteroles and shared last place when we played Boonanza.

Roeland and I went to see 'The Grand Budapest hotel'. Weird but all right.

My wallet got stolen. Thankfully my passport and my chipcards for public transport weren't in it, and I was able to block my bank card and credit card before the thief used them.

I attended the third James Bond-marathon at B.'s. Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and good company, and waaay too much chocolate and potatoe chips. And some cheese and berries.

I went to church with P.. The religious aspect isn't for me, but he had convinced me that attending a service was a good way to experience a church the way it is meant to and get a look around. And P. doesn't go to church just anywhere: he goes to the historical Westerkerk in Amsterdam. As he promised, the organ music was good, as far as I could judge. It was an interesting experience. We had drinks along a canal afterwards, the weather was nice and sunny. After saying goodbye I walked around town for about an hour. Then I took a train to The Hague, where I met up with Maarten. We shopped for clothes for him and visited granny-in-law, who has recently turned 90.

Geplaatst op 01-04-2014.
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Canals of The Hague

After work on October 3, 2011, and after walking along my beloved Hofvijver, I met up with Maarten for a walk along a stretch of The Hague's canals; Bierkade, Zuidwal, Buitenom. We started at Spui and ended at the Westeinde hospital.

Geplaatst op 24-03-2014.
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An Equal Music

Someone in my student coörporation held a lecture on this book in september 2011, so I read it beforehand. The central theme is music, woven trough a lovestory. Not something I would have picked myself, but a good read!
During the lecture some of the music that played a role in the book was played. I wrote about how I experienced that here.

Geplaatst op 23-03-2014.
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