How the Dutch speak

I realize that I’ve been rambling on about Amsterdam for more than 5 month now, so maybe it’s time to wrap it up and start writing about something else, but before I do that I would like to write just a tiny little bit about the Dutch language. Historically the name Nederlande (which means low […]

Dutch painters – Vincent Willem van Gogh

 Photo from January 1886 Vincent Willem van Gogh was born on March 30th 1853 in Zundert in the Netherlands and died on July 29th 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise in France.   Van Goghs most famous early work: The potato eaters During his short life he moved many times between the Netherlands, Belgium, England and France and […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Willem van Aelst

Willem van Aelst was born inDelft in 1625 or 1626 and died in Amsterdam around 1683. He was a painter and painted still life. Willem van Aelst was the son of a lawyer from Delft. He was taught to paint by his uncle Evert van Aelst, who painted still life. From 1645 till 1649 Willem […]

Amsterdam’s painters – Cornelis Ketel

Cornelis Ketel was born inGouda on March 18th1548 and died in Amsterdam on August 8th 1616. Cornelis Ketel was a mannerist painter. Ketel was apprenticed to the painter Anthonie van Blokland in Delft from 1634. In 1635 he moved to Paris, but had soon to return to the Netherlands because of the political circumstances. Here, […]

Holland versus Netherlands

Holland consists of the 2 provinces Noordholland and Zuidholland Noordholland is a peninsula between the Northsea and the Ijsselmeer. More than half of Noordhollands surface consists of drained land. The island of Texel in the Wadden Sea is part of the province Noordholland. Amsterdam is the largest city of the province. The province Zuidholland is […]

About moving between countries

So, the first time I moved between countries was in 1977, when I was 20. By then I’d been working at something called Fernmeldeamt, which was part of the German postal service, where I’d worked with phone services and radio transmissions to ships and far away places, first in Hamburg and then in Kiel in […]

Double graduation

Todays assignment: Write about a graduation ceremony that was particularly meaningful for you I didn’t know that it would be that way before I got children, but for nearly 31 years now my girls have been the most important part of my life. We’ve lived alone the three of us most of their childhood and […]

Don’t they know that?

Today’s assignment: Border Not that many years ago we still had borders in Europe. Places where you had to drive very slowly past a little house, where a man in uniform sat behind an open window and looked at the passing cars and at you. Sometimes he would make a gesture with his hand that […]

Our way home from the Camino de Santiago de Compostella

Today’s assignment: Just one word: Hitchhiker (In My way to the Camino de Santiago de Compostella I described my daughter Lises and my way from Denmark to the Pyrenees. ) During the following several weeks we walked along one of the official roads to Santiago from France over the Pyrenees and into Spain, turned right and […]

Nuclear power, Michael Jackson and Sail Amsterdam

Today’s assignment: Describe the largest crowd you’ve ever been part of Large crowds are not my favorite, especially if the space gets tight. I’m not claustrophobic or anything, but I prefer to keep a distance. As I mentioned earlier, I was born and raised in a very small city with a population of 2500 good […]