Liebster Award

liebster-awardNominated by Jenny

Sometime ago Jenny nominated me for the Liebster Award. Thank you Jenny! I was, and still am, very proud to be nominated. And then nothing. I was suddenly very nervous how to continue. Not nervous as in Aaaaahhh! But uncertain about my English grammar. And with good reason of course.

I am Dutch. And to write in English is not easy. Every Dutchman pretends to be fluent in English but I know better. A famous Dutch Football coach, Louis van Gaal recently answered a reporter on his question ‘what is Manchester United going to do against Arsenal?': ‘That is different cook …’ Nobody understood him. He tried again: ‘that is different biscuit …’ And stopped trying. What he was trying to say is that Arsenal is another ballgame than Sunderland or Westham United. He translated a Dutch saying directly into English.

So far I most likely made tons of mistakes but he! I am Dutch! And we don’t make mistakes :) Everybody else does.

On topic. The Liebster Award. I will answer the questions the best I can and believe me: it’s the truth and nothing but the truth. Or something close to the truth. Or an outright lie of course.

First question: Magic away one bad thing from the world

Discrimination on gender. Simple answer on a devilish difficult problem. In a lot of countries it is not discrimination but religion. And since I am for freedom in religion it is really not up to me to comment. But … I believe that man and women are equal and that not giving education to women creates a lot of problems and injustice. The world would be a better place with equal rights.

Second question: 2 songs that make you instantly happy!

Fields of gold. By Eva Cassidy. Does it make me happy? Yes, in an awkward sort of way. When she start singing I always get tears in my eyes but to know that some people are capable to generate so much emotion in another being makes me very happy indeed.

Miserere Mei by Gregorio Allegri. For me it is perhaps the most beautiful music ever composed. Together with Finlandia from Sibelius of course.

Third Question: the best comfort food

Salted Herring with onions. The first thing you should eat when you need a treat for your tummy is a raw herring. You can wake me up in the middle of the night for it, show it to me and I love you for it! Guaranteed. Did you know it also good against seasickness? I tried it once and walked away. So Herring it is.

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Fourth question: Photo from my childhood

Can I skip this question? I hate most of them.

Fifth question: Dream holiday destination: Buenos Aires

I love to dance. Me and my dancing partner, a lovely lady from a small town in Holland, participated in Latin American dancing contests with no result at all. But who cares? As long as we could dance on the music of Miquel Calo or listen to Carlos Gardel, Mercedes Sosa we were happy. So I want to visit Buenos Aires to learn to dance. Really learn to dance. And meet Eva.

Sixth question: My three best traits

Only three :) Where to start? My Linkedin profile is a good begin. At least it gives an idea who I am in my work.

I am experienced International Business Development Manager who combines outstanding relationship management, collectively with project management, and marketing skills to identify opportunities for growth, development and revenue generation.

An extremely service oriented individual who can multitask in a fast paced, ever changing environment and focus on meeting Customer needs to build lasting relationships.

I love animals in general and my cats in particular. My friends love to talk to me because I can listen. I admire people who dare to live and are proud to show it without bragging. I can really love someone … but like to be loved also. Or is that a bad habit?

Question six B: (forgotten) Ideal Weather

26 degrees Celcius, 50% humidity, and a terrance with a view. With or without a white Burgundy. Beer will do.

Seventh question: My fictional hero

Captain Bigglesworth. Biggles. This fictional brilliant fighter pilot of the Great War was, and still is, my lifetime hero. Written by Captain W.E. Johns he lives on to be a fighter pilot in the second world war flying Spitfires, Hurricanes and in the 50’s even Hawker Hunters. There is one thing I would like to change in his character. After losing his Marie in 1917 I cannot remember him being around women ever again. 97 books and no girlfriend … No way I could live that way! But then, flying a Camel or a Mosquito …

Question eight: City or country? (Why?)

A difficult question to answer. Being born in Rotterdam i am definitely a city boy. But living in a small town also has its merits. I met my wife at a fair and love to drive so I am bit of both I guess.

Question nine: my favorite blog

Sometimes you feel very special about someone. So you write a blog. Or two. Or three. Or … This blog is written in the bleakest hours of my life. Corazón, no le hagas caso! It is in Dutch and Spanish.

Corazón, no le hagas caso!
No te amargues por su ausencia,
Mijn hart, let er niet meer op!
Lijdt niet meer onder haar afwezigheid,

que no vale ni la pena
vamos, vamos…
Dat is ze niet waard,
vergeet haar, vergeet haar…

para que vas a tomarlo así
si no se lo merece,
Je moet het niet zo zwaar opnemen,
als ze je niet verdient,

corazón, no le hagas caso!
que aun se puede ser feliz
Mijn hart, let er niet meer op!
Dan kan je weer gelukkig zijn

Last question! The birthday celebration for the love of my life.

Inez and I love to drive horses. We learned it the hard way: in the City of The Hague. Not at the Countryside. So I asked my ‘ritmeister’ and his groom to drive us around Gouda. She loved it!

Inez 50

 

I loved this challenge. Thanks for reading. If you made it to this point of course!

Weekly Photo Challenge

Gone, but not forgotten

A typical Dutch interior in the 70’s. When I visited the Netherlands Open Air museum I was overwhelmed by memories of my youth. The colors, yellow, pink and purple, the kitchen and even the books could have been found in our house. The only difference is the car outside, a Renault 4. We drove a VW Beetle … The past is gone, but not forgotten.

The Netherlands Open Air Museum is a national museum focusing on the culture associated with the everyday lives of ordinary people.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Gone, but not forgotten

Weekly Photo Challenge – Converge

Butterfly Sailing

One of my favorite exercises to teach my sailing pupils after a long day training is ‘Butterfly sailing’. Not an official technique, and certainly not something you want to do with beginners, it requirers a good sail trim and balance in the boat.

The boats are tied together and have their sails set before the wind. However, the boats are connected bow to stern, so one boat has the wind from the front and the other directly from behind. The immediate reaction is a slow turning in circles. The crew jumps from one boat on the other forcing the boat to haul upon the wind and making headway. Is this picture the sails converge nice and seem to blend together.

butterfly sailing converge

Weekly photo challenge – converge

De bloggende terras-tijger en de golddigger

In Brasserie Terminus Nord, tegenover het Gare du Nord zat ik aan een achteraf tafeltje een The Noir te drinken. Het rino-virus had me eindelijk te pakken. Ik had zelfs geen trek in een Pression wat voor mij het signaal is dat ik echt beroerd ben.

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Vlak naast me, in het halfduister zaten een jonge vrouw en wat oudere man. Een man die goed geland was. En dat liet zien. Patek Phillipe om de pols, jasje van Brioni en dasje van Hermes. Grote bos zwart haar dat een beetje grijs begon te worden bij de slapen. Een CEO kop. Zou me niet verbazen als het een bekend politicus was. Of een acteur.

Zij was knap. Buitengewoon knap. Een schoonheid zoals je ze zelden ziet. Geen klassieke schoonheid maar een vrouw die Ik niet voorbij kan lopen zonder even om te kijken. Waar ik een rode nek van krijgt omdat ik net iets te lang naar haar kijk en zij met zo’n minzaam lachje terugkijkt: “ik weet het schat, ik ben knap en onbereikbaar” Middellang bruin haar, een beetje golvend en een brutale lok voor haar ogen. Reebruine ogen, ik permitteer me een stijlblunder. Ze waren verliefd.

Heel erg verliefd. En konden niet van elkaar af blijven. Zeker niet nadat een fles roze bubbels was opengetrokken. Zij werd daar zo aangeschoten van dat ze bij hem op schoot kroop en aan het tongzoenen sloeg en …

Brasserij Teminus Nord bestaat sinds 1925. Het interieur is een voorbeeld van Art Deco. Aan de plafonds kroonluchters, de muren hangen vol met spiegels en de banken zitten slecht. De obers lopen in Jacquet en betalen doe je bij de receptie. Een groot deel is ingeruimd voor gasten die komen lunchen en een klein hoekje met leren banken voor het café. De paarse kleur van de gevel zie je ook binnen terug. Een kroeg met donkere hoekjes voor verliefde stelletjes. Waar je kan wegdromen over tijden die niet mee terug komen.

De ogen die me in de spiegel aankeken waren hard en berekenend. Alsof ze twee gezichten had, zo verschillenden de ogen die hem aankeken en de blik die ik in een onbewaakt moment opving. Het was maar een kort moment maar het maakte mij veel duidelijk. Berekening. Een klassieke golddigger. Ik kon de humor er wel van inzien. Zijn hand gleed zachtjes over haar borsten naar beneden en kwam tot rust tussen haar dijen. Ik voelde me een voyeur. Soft porno in de brasserie. Maar ik zou liegen als ik niet bleef kijken.

Normaal gesproken hebben mensen die zoenen de ogen dicht. Een natuurlijke reflex. Ik had ineens door dat zij mij aankeek. Tijdens zijn liefkozingen. Licht geamuseerd. Ze wist dat dat ik haar doorhad. En dat het haar geen ruk kon schelen. Alleen de Patek Phillippe al is een jaarinkomen voor een modaal gezin. Ik schoot keihard in de lach. Zij ook.

Mijn lichte ‘ongesteldheid’ was ineens een stuk draaglijker. Adrenaline doet wonderen.

Cee’s Which Way Challenge

Netherlands Architecture Intstitute

My latest entry in Cee’s Which Way Challenge. A corridor leading to the entrance of the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

Since 1993 the NAI has been accommodated in a striking building designed by Jo Coenen and situated on the edge of the Museumpark in the centre of Rotterdam. From 2013 on the NAI is the home base of The New Institute, the organisation that is the result of the merger between the NAI, Premsela, Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion, and Virtual Platform, knowledge institute for e-culture. The building houses important archives and collections of Dutch architects from after 1800 and makes them accessible to the public.

Netherlands Architecture institue - witchwithaview

Cee’s Which Way Challenge #15

Malala Yousafzai

Malala youngest winner of nobel peace prize ever

Almost all newspapers emphasize the fact that Malala is the youngest winner ever of the Nobel Peace prize 2014. Does that really matter? Not for me. The fact that a young girl is awarded with the most prestigious award in the free world is not the message: we all need to be aware of the cruel injustice and violence that is forced upon people all around the world. And not sit back and say: Aww … Terrible! But stand together with them and stand up against their oppressors. And not look away. Malala was almost killed, fighting for her right to go to school. What would we have done? Most likely nothing.

That’s why she deserves the Nobel Peace Prize 2014.

malala Yousafzai

Need I say more?

Congratulations to Malala Yousafzai & Kailash Satyarthi who have won the Nobel peace prize 2014

photo: Amnesty International

Cee’s Which Way Challenge – The Yellow Line

The Yellow Line

My third entry in Cee’s Which Way Challenge. A very personal one. A while ago I didn’t feel well. So I decided to visit a doctor. Within five minutes I was on my way to hospital. In the end everything turned out to be ok, but at that moment I was scared speechless.

Having never before visited this hospital I had no idea where to go. Just follow the yellow line, the lady of the reception said to me, and enter the third waiting room on your right, a doctor is seeing you straight away.

I wonder how the colorblind find their way …

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Cee’s Which Way Challenge #14

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Good Morning Cotswold

Geert Smits:

A must see picture! Thanks Nomad of Woods for sharing this.

Originally posted on Nomad of Woods:

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I went to a walking trip i Cotswold,UK and covered about 50 KMs. In these 50 KMs spanned over 2 days, there now a single moment when we were not mesmerised by outstanding landscape. I will be posting entire journey but to start with; a warm good morning to Cotswold, one of the most beautiful part of England.
Photo details-
Camera NIKON: D3100
Focal Length: 24mm
Shutter Speed: 1/200s
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO/Film: 200

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