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How The Dutch Got Their Bicycle Paths


[youtube id=”XuBdf9jYj7o” width=”600″ height=”350″] A friend shared this on Facebook yesterday and I found it so interesting.  I had no idea there was such a history behind how we got our bicycle paths.  I think it’s wonderful that there are so many biking paths in the country and that cyclists can travel safely.  Something that is sorely missing in Canada, much to the dismay of some of my cycling friends back there. It’s amazing that a country that is so small and has so little space can figure this out and put it into action but a huge country with ... Read More »

Het Dak van Rotterdam


Today someone in one of my photo clubs shared something on Facebook and I thought it was SO cool!  It’s a website that has taken a collection of panoramic and 360 degree photos taken from all different rooftops around the city.  They have put it together so that you can tour Rotterdam from above via these photos. (The following photos are screenshots from the website, not photos I have taken – I wish!) Basically, you just click on the circle to see the view from the rooftop of that building. You can use your mouse to pull the view from ... Read More »

Legoworld 2011


My husband is a serious Lego Junkie.  He and his friends are really involved in the robotics side of Lego and over the years he’s become increasingly busy with it.  The biggest event of the year for them is Legoworld in Zwolle.  He goes there each year for almost a week where he and the other Mindstorms guys put on a big display to show the visitors the robots they designed and teach them about what can be done with the Lego Mindstorm (and other related) products. Last year I was in Canada while he was there, so I decided ... Read More »

Penny’s Race Day


Last weekend I went to watch my friend Penny run her first 5k.  This was a huge thing for her and she had been working incredibly hard to get there, so there was no way I could miss it!  I was so proud of all she has achieved over the last while, and I couldn’t wait to be there screaming for her as she crossed the finish line.  I was also keen to take photos because while I have taken photos from races before, like the Rotterdam Marathon, I’ve never known anyone that was taking part.  I was excited about ... Read More »

IMAGES Texel Trip


Back in June I went on a day trip to the island of Texel (said “Tessel”) with my photography club.  This is something I was really looking forward to as I’d not been to any of the Dutch islands in all the time I’ve been living here.  It was a bit of a long way to go for a day trip but it was so worth it, I loved the scenery and catching up with some of my photo club friends. Texel is one of the islands in the far north of the country.  All of which I hope to ... Read More »

Petting Giraffes at Dierenpark Amersfoort = AWESOME!


I’m baaaack!  Actually I’ve been back for almost two weeks, but I’ve either been busy, didn’t feel like writing or was having issues with my host.  Anyway, I’m here now and that’s what counts. Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos of the our time in France yet because I made a deal with myself that I’d catch up on all the photos from other adventures before I even started them. Argh, it hurts!  I’m so itching to share all of the cool places we saw and things we did! The first set of photos I promised that I’d work on ... Read More »

The Day I Almost Killed a Cyclist


Rant incoming! It’s about people, and how they suck… and the rules of the road in the Netherlands that I just don’t understand! Today my husband and I were driving to the supermarket, and he nearly hit a biker with the car.  We both instantly thought that the guy was in the wrong, and apparently he thought the same about us. Here’s the scene: We were driving along the street when we came along one of these weird dremples (speed bumps) with the pole next to it.  The reddish lane is a bicycle lane, but this old-ish lady in a ... Read More »

101 List – Learn To Make HDR Photos


One of the things I’ve been most determined to do from my 101 List is learning to make High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photos.  I’ve seen some amazing HDR photos on Flickr and really wanted to learn to do it myself, but on first examination it seemed really difficult.  This was when I first got my DSLR camera and I already had so much to learn that I figured I’d save the HDR for later. Today I was messing around and decided to download Photomatix and see how it all works. I hadn’t already taken photos for this purpose so I ... Read More »

Rainy Day in ‘s-Hertogenbosch


Well, as promised after the Divas Day Out in Den Bosch I finally got around to working on the photos.  I am glad I didn’t bring my good camera, but they didn’t turn out too bad with the point and shoot. There was shopping. Lots and lots of shopping… It started at LUSH where Paule and Penny were quite keen to visit.  I spent the entire time poking at and playing with the Shower Jellies, weirdest things ever.  I thought it was all a bit expensive for what you get.  I’m not yet convinced. There was also more jewelry shopping, ... Read More »

30 Days of Truth: Day 5


I have a list of things I want to do in my life, my 101 List!  One thing I really want to do is become more independent and self sufficient here in the Netherlands.  Sure, things are a lot better than they were but I still have a long way to go. The two things that would really make a big difference is going further with my Dutch courses and getting my drivers license.  Both of which I say I’m going to do every year but something always gets in the way.  With the Dutch lessons it’s just fear and ... Read More »