September 2015 - January 2016
  • Day44

    Nijmegen City Centre

    November 8, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    The centre of Nijmegen is the Grote Markt, sitting high and over looking the Waal river.

    A strange bit of trivia: Nina Simone lives here.

  • Day44

    The Real America

    November 8, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    America is a pretty typical Dutch village, by which I mean remote. It's hard to imagine how such a small country with such a high population density could even have patches of 'remoteness', but it does. The Netherlands, despite it size, is the world's second largest exporter of agricultural products. 17 million people live in the Netherlands, the vast majority of which are in the cities in the north along the coast; Amsterdam, Rotterdam, the Hague, Utrecht, etc. The south of the country, where you find the villages, is very sparsely populated and almost entirely agricultural.

    The few roads in and out of America are impossibly straight. Lined with oak trees, they cut through the flatness of the fertile farm land with Euclidean precision. Upon arriving, a sign greets you and then you are in the village itself. There's a railway station, a small highstreet and a couple of pubs. People here are pottering around on their bikes, a few are tending to their gardens, but everything slow, slow, slow.
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  • Day43

    New Frontiers

    November 7, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Exploring the new world earlier I discovered a new species of animal. There, in front of me, were what can only be described as sheep with a giraffe like necks. They appeared to be herbivores, munching away on grass as they were. But, upon seeing me, they came marching over looking all grouchy and spoiling for a fight. Who knows what would've happened next if I hadn't ran away.Read more

  • Day43

    America

    November 7, 2015 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    So I was in America this morning and ran into a bush named George. Had a little chat, and it's not true what they say about him, he's quite the intellect.

  • Day43

    Holländer Fahrrad

    November 7, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    20 Euros on Ebay: a second hand 'Holländer fahrrad'. Large, comfy, three gears, front and rear lights which work when a sensor is pointed at the front wheel - quite the bargain. Peddle backwards and it grinds to a halt, which is a bit strange. It's robust, though, very robust.