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Restaurant Bla Bla

March 9, 2011

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Every time I visit Rotterdam in the Netherlands, I try to stop by Restaurant Bla Bla for dinner. Bla Bla is located in the Delfshaven neighborhood, where I lived for a month last year when work sent me on special assignment. It is a strictly vegetarian restaurant that maintains a small menu focused on what […]

Watching the ships roll in, then I watch them roll away again

January 15, 2011

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My office in Rotterdam overlooks a large harbor where they unload container ships in a constant frenzy twenty-four hours a day. There is no hint what is being transported, just that it is speedily on the way to customers somewhere on the European continent. Everything comes via container ships – cars, bananas, new stereos, everything. […]

POTD – Girl walking her Dinosaurs

May 28, 2010

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Picture of the Day – Girl walking her Dinosaurs – Seen in a shop window along Oude Binnenweg, Rotterdam.

Remembrance of the Dead

May 4, 2010

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Today is the Remembrance of the Dead in the Netherlands. It is a National holiday to remember those killed in wars since WW2. Flags everywhere fly at half mast. Ceremonies are held throughout the country and there is a two minute period of silence beginning at 8pm. During those two minutes, TV broadcasts are turned […]

Blaak Market

March 11, 2010

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Every Tuesday and Saturday there is a large market in central Rotterdam. It is in a section called Blaak (pronounced Block). Blaak is an interesting part of the City, home to the famous cube houses, the pencil building, and a tram stop that looks like it would be a part of the Jetsons.There are over […]

A Feast for One

March 7, 2010

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The Dutch are serious about fish, wanting it fresh and as close to whole as possible. In America we are so used to all of our food being sliced, diced, and pre-packaged, it is sometimes easy to forget where that food comes from. It is also easy to forget the impossibly large amount of work […]

Pilgrim Fathers Church

March 6, 2010

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Just across the canal from my apartment is a rather plain looking church. The church drew my attention with the chimes the regularly can be heard. The sound of the bells makes me feel like I am in old Europe, it is very pleasant. The church has a long history, particularly relevant for American visitors. […]