Hi, my name is Thinkie, welcome to my blog! 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.
I started the month in Maartens guestroom, still feeling ill from a cold on my birthday. Wilma came by to drop off some presents (cream puffs, yum!). Fran came by to pick something up. Maarten and I did a little celebrating with Doctor Who. We made cheesecake but were too full from the cream puffs to eat it, so we saved it for the next day.
Wilma made me a birthday card
I visited my grandparents to celebrate my grandpa's 87th birthday. Afterwards, Danja and I curled up on Maartens couch and watched 'Elizabethtown'. More cream puffs and a pizza were involved.
I spent an evening with Roeland and his friend J. I cooked a simple Indian dinner.
Jannet brought me a pretty candle holder in cookiemonster blue as a birthday gift, as well as shoving a bar of rolo chocolate in the letterbox. She's a good letterbox-filler, that one!
I attended the monthly film night in The Hague. B, K, A and I had dinner at BIT (tasted awesome but they were skimpish on the french fries). As a birthday present, B treated me to a big shared plate of... cream puffs. With chocolate. I see a new trend here... B, A and I went to see 'The imitation game', which was all right.
Don't worry; they usually serve the burgers with bread, but I opted out of that
Maarten and I attended 'Park light'; a side event of the Amsterdam Light Festival at Park Frankendael. It was raining, my wet feet sloshed in my shoes, and the art wasn't really all that interesting, but we had a nice evening anyway. afterwards we had a swirl-ice cream and kebab.
I celebrated my birthday somewhat belatedly at Café De Burcht. Loved having all these friends, acquaintances and family members around; Roeland, Maarten, Bram, Wilma, Frank, Nicolette, Danja, Annelies, Guido, Jannet, Rob and others. We hung out at the café for hours. Afterwards, F and Guido took me out to dinner at a Greek restaurant (Delphi on the Nieuwe Rijn). Loved the food! Oh, and there were presents, too, even though I had asked people to pay for their own drinks as a present. I haven't asked consent for placing photo's of all my guests, so I can only show you a couple of photo's.
I forgot to include a scented candle R gave me. (Please don't take that as inspiration to get me scented candles or scented anything; I appreciated the gesture but I'm overly sensitive to such smells; they make me feel ill.)
More Doctor Who with Maarten. We 'caught up', so now we have to wait untill the next series...
Dinner with Roeland, J and S. We had a nice evening!
Bram and I hung out on a Thursday. He'd bought pieces of cake as a belated birthday present (yum!) and we saw 'Wallace & Gromit and the curse of the ware rabbit' and 'Enders game', with dinner inbetween.
After my cold was over, I studied very hard for an exam on Greek and Roman Antiquity, but didn't manage to learn enough to dare take the exam. Bummer, because my next chance for this exam isn't untill June...
I attended a new years reception at the former KIT in Amsterdam with Bram, Annelies and Maarten, and met up with other friends and acquaintances. We attended lectures, about plastic waste and about what type of animal we are in an organization (appearently, I'm a lion. Roar!). There were drinks and new years wishes. Afterwards, the four of us headed back to Leiden and had dinner at 'India way', a tandoori restaurant that had been on my wishlist to visit for a very long time. We had a lovely dinner and came away with very full bellies.
I attended two days of an Open University seminar on difficult heritage in museums. Loved it! There were lectures and we visited Museum Vrolik and the Nieuwe Kerk.
Roeland and I went to Heerlen, where he had to act as a lawyer to get his bachelor's degree in Dutch Law. He passed. His last exam also went well so hopefully... There were lots of students and the organization had made a whole day out of it, with vlaai (the regional pastry over there) and a good lunch. Someone even arranged a seperate room for me so I could study for my exam for a couple of hours until Roel's turn was up. We also got a tour of Open University's campus (which we as distant learners usually don't get to see).
They even got to dress up for the part :-)
The warehouse with study books.
More hanging out with Bram. We visited the Sieboldhuis museum. He had gotten us some moorkoppen (large cream puffs with chocolate glazing). Yup, definitely a trend... (let's not talk about what this very enjoyable trend is doing to my relationship with the scale, all right?! ;-) )
I ended the month with a couple of days in Ghent, visiting the light festival with Maarten. I so love this city! We were very happy that they brought back the light festival after skipping a couple of years. And off course there were some museum visits to make, Van Eycks to worship and hot chocolate to drink.
If you've wondered why I went from infrequent blogging to no blogging at all: I had some trouble with a new version of my FTP-program, but I finally got it working again, yay! So here's a recap of what I did in December!
Maarten and I watched Heroes and Doctor Who.
Jannet played for Sinterklaas. I got a bar(!) of Rolo chocolate and a plate and bowl with Cookie Monster on them! :-)
The rolo-bar didn't make it onto the photo ;-)
Dinner with Roeland and R, lots of talking about photo cameras.
I attended a lecture by Caroline Drieënhuizen at Spui25 in Amsterdam. She spoke about colonial heritage-objects. A nice warming up for a seminar that I would be attending in January.
Guido and I spent half an afternoon staring at Greek vases and burial monuments at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Afterwards, we had dinner with Roeland and exchanged Sinterklaaspresents. I got a moose hat, cool!
I celebrated Sinterklaas with Wilma, Fred and Maarten.
I visited the Midwinterfair in Archeon with Wilma and Maarten. Bram, Annelies and B were there too.
R and I went to see the opening of an exhibition at Ars Aemulae Natura: 'Kunst en wetenschap' (art and science). An acquaintance of ours, artist Johan Scherft, participated in the exhibition. His 'gewone gorgel' was my favorite object in the exhibition. I want one as a pet!
Bram and I visited back and forth and went out for hot chocolate. He gave me some sinterklaas presents.
I attended the Salon de Museologie. It was about museum inspiration from abroad.
Maarten and I spent two evenings in Amsterdam to see the Amsterdam Light Festival. We did a boat tour and a lot of walking.
Annelies gave me this box of chocolat cigarettes that now have a more politically correct name on one of the days I went to Amsterdam :-)
I visited the James Bond exhibition at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam with a group of friends and acquaintances.
I attended christmas dinner at Meermanno. The food was cooked by co-workers (I just brought my own stuff to make things easy, with all my food intolerances, but got to sample some soup and a piece of pie). We all got two books, and many of us had brought one or more of our own books that we were ready to let go of to serve as extra presents. We ate in the attic, which was decorated for the occasion.
Roeland and I had dinner with P&M and their 3y/o daughter. Hadn't seen them in a while, it was nice to catch up!
I got the coolest farewell gift from my collegues at the magazine: my very own full colour edition with lots of kind farewell messages!
Roeland and I went to see Mr. Turner. He liked it, but I thought the painter was (presented as) too much of a caricature.
F hosted a Monty Python marathon at his place. B attended as well, as did a co-worker of F for part of the day. Lots of laughter and some good conversation.
Bram, Maarten, Annelies and I spent a day watching hobbitses (the 1st and 2nd movie) and having christmas dinner. Tolkien, good food and great company! We never got to dessert #4: we were stuffed!
A couple days later the four of us had dinner at Maarten's place (I cooked a few simple Indian dishes) and went to the cinema to see Hobbit movie #3.
On christmas day I had dinner with Wilma, Fred and Roeland @ W+F's.
On boxing day there were plans for dinner with friends of Roeland's, but the host got ill. I joined Wilma, Fred, Maarten and my uncle and his family for another dinner @ W+F's.
The weekend after christmas I visited J in the province of Limburg. There was snow, which is always deadly to the train services, so I arrived a couple hours late. We had dinner and hung out on Saturday. On Sunday we visited Maaseik. On my way home I stopped at 's-Hertogenbosch to have a drink with my favorite polar bear. Hot chocolate off course!
During the weekend I had fallen ill with a cold. I ended the year recovering in Maartens comfy and relatively quiet guest room. I watched some episodes of Fringe and the movie 'Adam'.
Eating too much chocolate. I blame it on the season.
Waiting for a new e-reader to materialize out of thin air. I had just started Game of Thrones book 4 (a guilty pleasure) when Roeland killed the e-reader.
Feeling cold, even though winter has mostly been relatively mild so far.
Looking at lights: christmas lights and the light art of the Amsterdam light Festival.
Watching Game of Thrones with Roeland and Heroes and Doctor Who with Maarten.
Having a cold. Some christmas presents take a while to fully manifest... I'm coughing and nose-blowing my way trough it in Maarten's guest room.
Making people smile with my new moose hat.
Trying to imitate the sound of a moose to go with my hat. I need a lot of booze and cigarettes before I stand a chance to come anywhere near it. Or maybe my coughing will do the trick.
Listening to Mumford & Sons - Babel.
Chatting on facebook. From making stupid jokes and researching moose mating sounds together, to deep, heartfelt conversations about the serious stuff of life. I could say a lot of negative stuff about facebook, but I'm sure glad it's there to help me keep in touch with people.
Sucking on candy to calm my stomach and throat. I had no idea that there was a tropical variety of Napoleon candy.
Sorting trough my recent photo's to choose which to have printed and which to show on my blog. Always nice to relive the good stuff of the past months.
I visited Guido for an evening of Role Playing Game. Fun, even though I was almost killed by a
I went out for drinks with Francien.
Maarten and I saw several episodes of Doctor Who.
Fran and I attended a seminar on Museums and confinement at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden (National
Museum of Antiquities).
Maarten and I spent two days in Eindhoven to experience light festival GLOW.
A cool timelapse of GLOW 2014 by Aap Noot Niels
Ik studied for my exam on ethics. I got a 9 out of 10. I picked up Cultural history of antiquity
again and started Expressionism.
I went out for drinks (and yes, some white chocolate cake) with Jannet.
I attended the member-meeting of my patient organization. I was secretary of the meeting, with
some aid from Maarten who took notes when I was talking/discussing. We waved off R. who's term as
chairman has ended, and M., who stepped down as a board member. And I met P. and turned over my
place as head editor of our patient magazine Lees ME to her. I'm still busy finishing some tasks
for the magazine, but no new tasks will come my way.
Maarten and I went to see 'Samba' in the cinema. It was okay.
Some of the rooms hold modern day populair books and childrens books with bird illustrations or
information on birds. This shows the wide range of everything bird+book: from recipe books to
guides for pigeon keepers. More interesting to me are the medieval manuscripts and other
historical books. Some of those have beautiful illustrations, others illustrate the history of
scientific research on birds. Books by Jacob van Maerlant, Ulisse Aldrovandi, 'Nederlandse
vogelen', all giving an overview of different types of birds, with illustrations and information.
But also Hendruk Werkman's 'Chassidische legenden' and other bird art. One of my favorites is
Adriean Coenen's 16th century 'Visboeck'. Some of the fantastic misconceptions the older books
hold about birds are quite funny from our modern day point of view.
A 15th century bestiary, made in France (collection Museum Meermanno).
Visboeck, Adriaen Coenen. A great source of inspiration for art journalers! (collection KB, see
the rest of the book here)
Liberi Amicori (friend books). When did such books become a thing for children? I would love to
have an album like that with texts and drawing from friends and relatives! (even if they don't end
up like tiny works of art like these 17th and 19th century examples from the KB-collection!)
My great grandfather kept pigeons and had them fly in races. He had a lot of trophies. Books like
these show how most of us have some connection to birds, even if it's just to eat them or their
And if you can't get enough of birds: there's a small exhibition on Donald Duck as well!
You have untill January 4 to visit 'Vogels'. Yay, that was me, blogging about an exhibition before
it ended! ;-)
On a sunny day in early October, I dragged myself from my sickbed and took Roeland to go see the Calder exhibition in the gardens of the Rijksmuseums. I'm a big fan of Alexander Calder, ever since I saw a documentary on him years ago. I've seen his work in many different museums and am known to scare museum guards by the way I squeal and come running when I spot one of his artworks.
There were 18 of his works on display; 4 inside the museum, 14 outside. I'm not a 100% sure, but I think they were all new to me. The mobiles and stabiles are always my favorites. I love their balance and their dynamics, with the moving parts. The selection came from many different collections and was made by Alfred Pacquement, former director of Centre Pompidou.
Janey Waney, 1969
Untitled II, 1954/1970
Tamanoir, 1963. This anteter-like stabile is the only monumental sculpture of Calder that permanently resides in The Netherlands.
The dog, 1958
Five empties, 1973
Spunk of the monk, 1964
Les trois ailes, 1963
Some of the works were displayed in the entrance hall of the museum. I missed out on the one in the library.
Untitled (mobile du garage), about 1954
Jerusalem stabile, 1976
Le 31 janvier, 1950
Afterwards we did some hanging out at the museum square with ice cream.
Roeland and I checked out the Taptoe in Leiden for a short while. Not my cup of tea, but I can appreciate the amount of practice that goes into such a performance.
Roeland and I visited Amsterdam, just in time for me to see the Calder exhibition in the gardens of the Rijksmuseum. I like Calder. His work makes me happy. As did having an icecream and a half on Museumplein.
I suffered from a cold for over a week, so I hung out in bed with my study book on ethics. I also worked on a writing assignment and did work for Lees ME ('my' magazine).
I spent evenings with Maarten watching Heroes, with Roeland watching Game of Thrones and with Bram checking out brochures from the museums he had visited during his vacation.
Years ago, Maarten and I promised Danja a trip to Barcelona for her 16th birthday. She turned 16 last summer and so she and I spent part of her fall break there. We saw lots of highlights, city panoramas, the sea and even a few museums, and had a great time together.
Danja and I stayed the night before our trip at Wilma and Fred's, for practical reasons. Luka helped me pack our suitcase.
Monthly drinks-meet in Leiden. Mostly talked to Guido.
I was asked to think about a couple of lectures I could give. The topics are up to me, anything within the cultural field that might appeal to the intended audience. Bram and I had a nice walk trough Leiden brainstorming about it and having ice cream. Got me further in thinking about the type of topic I could cover and some ideas on how to give a lecture, but I'm still not sure about specific topics. Any ideas?
Guido had prepared a role playing game-adventure for me, we had a fun evening online using Roll20. There's snow and at least one giant bird of prey... To be continued!
Go on, tickle my belly! I dare you!
I had quite a busy end of October, meeting up with lots of friends I hadn't seen in a while. And having waaaay to much yummyness with sugar in it.
B. and I had lunch at La Place in Leiden. Yes, I consider a green smoothie and a pear-chocolate tart lunch ;-) It was nice catching up and we brainstormed about how I can find a job.
Dinner with F. and Roeland, and a walk around the center of Leiden with F., and another find-a-job-and-reach-my-goals brainstorm. Yay for all these friends lending me their brains and insights in such a way!
G. and I went to see the bird-exhibition at Museum Meermanno. I hadn't found time to see it before, and G. and I hadn't seen each other in months, so it was nice to combine the two. Afterwards, we had hot chocolate and cake at Hooistraat, a nice little place near Meermanno.
L. and I went for an autumn walk near Amersfoort. We got a little lost and ended up walking over 10km, yikes! But the fall leaves, the mushrooms, the weather and the company were worth it. A nice brownie at the very first café we stumbled upon after re-entering Amersfoort helped too, as did dinner at L's place.
J. came to spent a fourthnight in Maarten's appartment while Maarten was on vacation. I showed him around the old part of Zoetermeer, we had a quick drink at my grandparents' and we crawled under a bridge to find a geo cache (with succes, and with spiderwebs in my hair). I stayed over for one night.
Two days later I showed J. around the city center of Leiden. Later that day we had dinner with Roeland.
Lunch at La Place
The next day I worked at Meermanno (long-term project almost finished!) and J. came to visit the museum. Afterwards we had drinks and something sweet at Hooistraat (seeing a pattern here? ;-) Who's up this week?). We ended the afternoon looking for a hard-to-find geocache. We got help from another geocacher. It was getting dark. A small group of teenagers was hanging out nearby. One of them came to ask if we needed a light from her mobile phone, since she had noticed that we were looking for something. So nice of her! We did find the cache, yay!