About the writer

Name: Cirsten

Born: 1956

In: Germany

Lived in: Germany, Denmark, Netherlands

Works as a translator, but has a passion for writing

18 thoughts on “About the writer

  1. Hi Cirsten!
    Thanks for following. I’m a happy camper now you are joining me as I trip around by RV, plane, car and time machine to the past.
    Comments, compliments, critiques and wisecracks are most welcome.
    You have a great blog. β€œSee” you again soon.
    Which Way Now 101 aka Carol

  2. Hello Cirsten,

    Thanks a lot for stopping by my blog.

    I really appreciate your effort in introducing the great painters and their work here.

    Frankly, most of them are unheard of and I was really amazed by their great work.

    Thanks a lot for sharing.

    Have a good day πŸ™‚

  3. Hallo Kirsten! It’s nice to see a person with the same professional background πŸ˜‰ I am an interpreter and a linguist πŸ˜‰ And I also adore writing;-)Thanks for adding me!!!

  4. Sounds like an interesting project. I write myself but so far haven’t published anything, hope to one day. If I understand it correctly you are living in Germany? And born in 56, year of the monkey. Same here. Look forward to reading more. Good Luck with your writing.

  5. Yes, I do like living in Denmark. I find things are so much easier here than for instans in the Netherlands. Like when you have to have something done at the city hall or a phone company or other public things. Here in Denmark I am used to call them or go there, talk to a person, and then the thing is done. In the Netherlands it was my experience that everybody talks about service, but nobody is giving it. You can walk from A to Z until your feed are bleeding and talk as much as you want to, but before you start shouting at people they will not take you seriously, and they will do their best to make you someone elses problem. That really bothered me.
    Here people are more of my own kind and I feel safe here.
    I think it’s a great idea you come to Denmark next summer. A good summer like the one we just had is wonderful in Denmark.
    You’re welcome to contact me before you go, and I will find out what’s special and worth visiting at that time.

    • Hello Cirsten,
      I have read your article on the adventures with your daughter on your way back from Compostella. There are miracles for the pilgrims, and sometimes strange ones!
      I am a French/Australian visual artist, dedicated to site-specific art. I have done myself a Compostella pilgrimage, and have done a number of pilgrimages as an artist, leaving small sculptures along the way.
      I am preparing a project in Northern Jutland about “Pilgrim Stones”, based on the dream idea that bthe stones brought by the Great Glaciation from the mountains of Norway and Sweden were (and still are, very slowly…) on their way to Compostella…
      Do you have any connection with a Danish Pilgrim association?
      That could possibly help me…
      Thak you in advance, and cheers,
      Francois Davin

    • Kaere Cirsten,
      I am a local of Amsterdam, and I have a link with ‘dejlige Danmark’ too, for my mother was born there, in Hellebaeck. Your remarks on 29-09-214.. about Dutch buraucracy I find very interesting.

      I was wondering: Have you ever compared the old inner cities (Gamle Bu..) of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lisbon, Genova and Boston USA ? I put this question to you as an outsider of our Dutch capital.. who has looked at our heritage and alleys. My opinion on the “Old Inner City” of Amsterdam is rather poor and ‘sad’… I really think, that this capital is actually very negligent/distingterested and such already for as long as many generations of city management (mayors & council members) )with all their boasting of modernity and progessiveness (‘I AMsterdam’ etc). With all of that – including the many years-long construction of the new, second Metrol Line (the NZ Lijn”, as well as above all that the unrolling.. of the socalled RED Carpet, the “Rode Loper”) they really lack proper interest in the history and heritage, that is still present in the 200 alley ways between the Central Station and the Mint Tower (the “Munt”), and between the canals Singel and the Oude Schans (west/east). I researched most of these 200, esepecially looking/concentrating on indiviual alley history (heritage), which each one still hold. And which needs to be retold (in my opinion), or made visible. And when you do that you restore these most interesting alley… with suitable paving, alley lanterns, hanging wall signpost and get artist involved with ugly empty local wall (the show the local alley history).

      So, how do yu look upon all this from Copenhagen ?

      Hils, Herbert

      • Hi Herbert,
        Well, I’ve never been to either Lisbon, Genova or Boston, and my last visit to Stockholm is 20 years ago, but for at least Copenhagen and Amsterdam I agree that the historical value of our cities is neglected.
        After living in Amsterdam for about 10 years, it is my experience that the city spends huge amounts of money on cleaning and maintaining the streets though. Every street in town is swept at least once a week, in the city center several times a week, and the streets of and around the red-light district, at the Centraal Station and in front of the Royal Palace every day. And they really take care of the pavement of their streets. They have to, because the ground under Amsterdam still moves, and the stones in the streets move with it, so every street is repaved every few years.
        Pretty much all houses within Amsterdam’s Prinsengracht, and many houses on the outside of it have a history that is several hundred years long. The association Willem de Keyser has bought and restored many of them to their former glory, but most of them are owned by people, who just want to live in them. I think there is a law about when you own a house in Amsterdam that you have to maintain it to a certain standard, but many house owners just want to have their privacy and don’t want tourists to come and look through their windows, which I for one do understand. So where do you draw the line? Amsterdam is a living museum and the city attracts millions of tourists every year, but within all of this, the people living there need to have their privacy and peace as well.
        It should be possible to present the history of all the houses and streets within the Prinsengracht though, either in book format (many books) or in magazine format (many, many magazines), because it is possible to find all the information in the archives. To do so you would have to be a group of writers who are willing to commit to this task long term because there are thousands of houses to write about. Maybe it would even be possible to interest the city hall or the association Willem de Keyser in this project. One could make it a kind of association people join for a certain amount, and then they could get every magazine or book for free, and the rest could be sold in on and off line bookstores. I would love to be a part of this, but I don’t live in Amsterdam anymore and am busy writing other things

        Oh, by the way, I live in Aarhus, which is one of the early Viking cities.

        Cirsten

  6. Hello Cirsten

    When you are back in Amsterdam – Come and visit Keizersgracht 251

    So you can see how it has been restored πŸ™‚

    Kind regards,

    Willem Jan Kuipers – current owner and the one who restored the house πŸ™‚

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