Typical Dutch

When the first sunbeam hits the Netherlands, people go out to the city and go sit on a terrace. It’s the number one thing to do when the sun is shining. You dress up, have fun with friends and watch all the people coming by… I love it too! The next picture is taken in Breda, a lovely city in the south. During my high school years I spent many hours at this square called ‘Grote Markt’, which is much larger then this picture can show. In 2003 DJ Tiësto, world’s best DJ and born in Breda, gave a free concert at this square for over 10.000 people!

Breda

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Amazing advertisements

Yesterday, I was reading posts from a very read-worthy marketing blog called Molblog (it´s only in Dutch). My eye came across a funny advertisement, and the blog posted a link to more funny guerrilla advertisements. If only all advertisements could be this funny, I would actually pay attention to them :-) If you would like to some examples click here. This one, at Venice Airport for the Venice Casino was my favourite.

Advertisement Venice Casino

Sun is shining, the weather is sweet…

This song was a real ear worm today! I’m just loving the wonderful weather in the Netherlands the past few days…and hopefully the days to come. My university campus can look really depressing during the winter days, but now everyone is sitting outside, relaxing in the sun and just enjoying themselves. Even my faculty building looks almost fine in the sun – despite it’s greyness.

ErasmusgebouwChalet Brakkenstein

The other building is Chalet Brakkenstein, located in park Brakkenstein, which is at our campus. I did yoga at our sport center for a while, and when the weather was nice, our teacher would take us to the park to do our exercises. Today I just went here to read a book, currently I’m reading Catch 22. Being at page 200, I don’t know how I feel about the book yet. If you have read it and would like to share your opinion about it, feel free to leave a comment.

World Press Photo

Espen Rasmussen

Although I enjoy taking pictures, I don’t have a special talent for it. The photographers who sent in their photos to the World Press Photo jury sure do! Only until half a year ago, when I visited an exhibition of World Press Photo winners of ’06 in Copenhagen, I found out that the organisation behind this great annual press photography contest is Dutch. This makes me love it even more :-)

Akintunde Akinleye

The winners of 2007 were announced in February already, and today the exhibition tour, featuring many prizewinning photos, started in the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. The exhibition will be in many cities around the world. If you would like to see if the exhibition comes in a city near you, click here.

Fayez Nureldine

By clicking on the photos I posted here, you can find out the story behind them and their photographers.

Das Leben der Anderen – movie

Das Leben der AnderenI already wanted to go see this movie (in English ‘The Life of Others‘) for a while, but somehow never got to it until yesterday. I’m so happy that I did since I really liked it! And this wasn’t only because of my fondness of German, the story really keeps you interested through all 139 minutes. That Oscar for ‘Best Foreign Movie’ was well deserved.

For those who haven’t seen the movie or heard of it yet, here’s a short description:

    “In the early 1980s, the successful dramatist Georg Dreyman and his longtime companion Christa-Maria Sieland, a popular actress, are big intellectual stars in the socialist state, although they secretly don’t always think loyal to the party line. One day, the Minister of Culture becomes interested in Christa, so the secret service agent Wiesler is instructed to observe and sound out the couple, but their life fascinates him more and more…”

The styling of this movie is brilliant! They have carefully chosen locations that looks east-germanish and the general grayish mood is very well recreated. Interesting was to see how the houses were decorated, typical sober eighties style (which I have only seen in pictures since I am too young to remember). I just loved the twist in the story in the last 20 minutes. A brilliant movie that anyone even remotely interested should see!

Accident & lovely people

HulpYesterday I was biking trough my university campus on my way to catch a train to Amsterdam, when al of the sudden I heard loud braking sounds. When I looked where the sound came from I saw a car coming towards me… The next seconds seemed like eternity but somehow I managed to make a turn with my bike so that the car only hit me and my bike from the back. When I was lying on the ground, the driver yelled something at me which I can’t even remember and drove off!

I wasn’t really hurt but shocked! Thank god for the lovely people that helped me. After they took care of me, one guy even managed to fix my bike. People and actions like that can truly make my day!

Brussels

Kuifje

Coming from the Netherlands I’m ashamed to admit it, but my visits to Brussels have been limited to a few trips to the Zaventem airport and back. This weekend, I visited a friend there and he showed me and another friend around a bit. I was surprised by how beautiful the city was! Somehow I expected a large city filled with grey buildings, but none of that was true. What I found were nice parks, beautifully renovated buildings, nice shops and squares filled with people enjoying the lovely weather. If that sounds good, I suggest you keep Brussels in mind when you´re thinking of your next weekend trip.

Even though my friends didn´t allow me to act like a true tourist taking pictures on every corner, I managed to take some.