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Fast food still bad at Disneyland Paris

Posted on June 30th 2007 by Amy in Disney, Food, Pop culture, Travel

Last month we visited Disneyland Resort Paris (DLP) for two days. The park is celebrating its 15-year anniversary with new shows, new attractions and new decorations. Unfortunately they did not take the opportunity to improve the dining experience at the parks, which remains dismal. More »

Low-cost airline Vueling

Posted on June 18th 2007 by Amy in Travel

At the end of May 2007 we flew to Andalusia for a 10-day holiday. We stayed outside of Beas, a village about 50 minutes west of Sevilla. We flew to Malaga on Thursday 17 May with Vueling, Spain’s new low-cost airline. Vueling claims to be Europe’s ‘next generation’ budget airline, and though we are not sure what that means, our flight was quite pleasant and we would surely fly with Vueling again in the future. More »

Taiwan highway to close for butterfly migration

Posted on March 31st 2007 by Amy in Nature, News

Check out this article from the Guardian about an unusual wildlife operation. More »

Don’t waste food!

Posted on March 19th 2007 by Amy in Food, Personal

An article on the BBC website last Friday revealed that British households waste over 3 million tons of food per year. That amounts to just under a third of all food bought, although half of that is inedible matter such as packaging. Wasting food has been a pet peeve of mine for some time, so it’s nice to hear that someone is taking notice. More »

To the jerk who stole my bike

Posted on February 8th 2007 by Amy in Life in Holland, Personal

First, thank you very much for leaving the severed chain lock on the rack where I parked my bike yesterday afternoon at the metro station. Seeing the lock this morning surely saved me at least a half hour of paranoid searching and re-searching, mumbling to myself and figuring I had gone mad, not remembering just where I had parked my bike. But I know that I did indeed park my bike where I thought I did, it just wasn’t there this morning. But my shiny red lock was. So thank you. More »

Ten tips for The Gambia

Posted on February 1st 2007 by Amy in Top Lists, Travel

In January 2007 we traveled to The Gambia on a 9-day package tour that included flight, transfers and accomodation. We hired a guide to take us on a 5-day upriver birdwatching trip along with three hard-core Finnish birders. We did not travel independently outside of the resort area, and many of these tips are meant for those who will visit The Gambia in a similar fashion. More »

134 Gambian birds added to lifelistexternal link

Posted on January 26th 2007 by Amy in Birds, Nature, Personal, Travel

We went to The Gambia for 11 days earlier this month, and saw about 150 birds, 134 of which we managed to photograph. They have now all been added to our online lifelist. More »

Dozens of baby seals stranded by North Sea storms

Posted on January 3rd 2007 by Amy in Life in Holland, Nature

In the past couple of days, 43 baby seals have been brought to the seal shelter Zeehondencreche in Pieterburen, a town in the north of the Netherlands. The babies lost their mothers and were washed ashore during rough seas. More »

Amy’s Best and Worst of 2006

Posted on December 31st 2006 by Amy in Personal

Just in time, here’s my Best & Worst of 2006. More »

Hunting, an unpopular sport

Posted on October 25th 2006 by Amy in Life in Holland, Nature

Boar-hunting season in the Netherlands officially began on 15 October. Besides wild boar, hunters in Holland may shoot hares and rabbits, pheasants, wood pigeons and mallard ducks. With this in mind the Dutch animal rights group Dierenbescherming requested statisticians from Blauw Research to survey the population on the subject of hunting. The group surveyed 1278 people. The result: 97% of Dutch residents disapprove of hunting as a sport. More »