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Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Gaanderen November 3rd 2020

It's almost a cliché to talk about the pandemic in ones blog. But sometimes you can't get around clichés. And so let's get it out of the way, yes my life too has been shaped in one way or another by Covid-19, and yes this blog is partially about it. But only partially. Only in the sense that a lot of my actions in the last year have been influenced by what was, and was not possible. In my case, I think I was rather lucky. A lot was possible. I could still travel to Germany, even during the height of the first wave. Not as a tourist, but as a lover. Many couples were separated by borders during this time, but not me. Germany and my country kept their borders open and so I could ... read more
Schwaebish Hall
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Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Gaanderen October 10th 2019

The years, like the seasons, like the Intermezzo's go by. They come and go, ever and anon. And so I find myself writing my 19th Intermezzo blog, or in Latin numbers: Intermezzo XIX! Who would have thought all those years ago? My travels have changed over the years, mostly in length to be honest. I used to travel up to eight months a year, now it is more like five. If I am lucky! Sometimes it is less. My Intermezzo's on the other hand have remained remarkably consistent. There is always the urgent need for money when I return, the frenzied search for a trial, the sigh of relief when I find one, and the even bigger sigh of relief when I actually manage to participate in it without it being cancelled, and the ultimate sight ... read more
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Gaanderen

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Gaanderen November 10th 2018

It's been a long, hot, dry summer. An endless summer that started when I got back from my last trip in April. 'But that's spring!' You might cry, and you would be right, but it was already warm like summer in April. The blossoms were in the trees, the air was sweet and fragrant, and the wind was hot, hinting at things to come. The grass was still green and rain wasn't a distant dream yet. Time went by and the blossoms made way for the first shoots of green on the trees, and rain became more sporadic. In the meantime I found a trial and soon was ensconced in a clinic in the north of my country for three weeks. They took us out for daily walks, I got to see a lot of Groningen, ... read more
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Gaanderen

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Gaanderen January 9th 2014

My dad died. He died on Tuesday the 10th of December 2013 from lung cancer that had metastasized to the brain. This blog is about that event, but mostly it is about my father and it is dedicated to him and his life. For most people he was a friendly man, or a good colleague and friend, but to me he was papa. This simple word conveys everything that he was and still is for me. Final moments He wasn't alone when he died, my mum and I were with him. We told him we were there, not to be afraid and, most importantly, that we loved him. My mum kissed him. He reacted to us in those final moments, so we know that he was aware of us being there. He died at home, ... read more
My dad in 1942
On a boat in 1946
Family photo 1955

Europe » Netherlands » Gelderland » Gaanderen March 15th 2006

In two days time I am finally going to start on my overland trip through Europe and Asia with Australia as ultimate destination. This week I spend most of my time preparing for the trip, buying the last essential things and researching part of my journey. Because until now I only knew that my first stop would be Cologne after that I only had a rough idea in my head of the route I would take through Europe. I have filled in the blanks for the rest of Europe and made a small calculation on the costs until Turkey, where things will become cheaper. But to keep things exciting I won't tell you my plans just yet, you will just have to keep looking at my website to find out where I am and what I ... read more
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