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Arrow Rock Festival 2007

Posted on July 2nd 2007 by Amy in Life in Holland, Pop culture

Last Saturday we went to the Arrow Rock Festival in Biddinghuizen. The festival took place at the Walibi World amusement park, in a large field set up for festivals and events. The festival hosted a dozen artists and was headlined by Aerosmith. Here are some short clips of the event:

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Boeing 707 cockpit sunk for Dutch divers

Posted on July 2nd 2007 by Amy in Life in Holland, News, Scuba Diving

Last Sunday the cockpit of an Air France Boeing 707 was sunk in De Beldert lake in Zoelen, the Netherlands. The sinking took place over a year later than originally planned. By the end of the day nearly 20 divers had already visited the new wreck. More »

Peter Gabriel’s tour bus in flames on Dutch highway

Posted on July 2nd 2007 by Amy in Funny, Life in Holland, News, Pop culture

The legendary musician Peter Gabriel was stranded on the A27 highway in the Netherlands on Saturday when his bus broke down in flames. More »

Vlinders aan de Vliet

Posted on May 5th 2007 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature

Today we came across a strange attraction when driving from Leidschendam to Voorschoten. Vlinders aan de Vliet (Butterflies along the Vliet [river]) is an enclosed tropical garden in a large greenhouse with hundreds of beautiful butterflies. Here are some photos of our visit.

Butterflies at Vlinders aan de Vliet in Leidschendam

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Our visit to Texel

Posted on May 2nd 2007 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, Travel

Last Sunday we visited Texel! We first took an early train (7:00) from Leiden to Den Helder, which lies in the northern-most tip of Noord Holland. On the way we saw a Spoonbill and our first Crane (Kraanvogel). When we arrived in Den Helder, we took a bus to the harbor and there stepped onto the TESO ferry to Texel, which is the largest and most populated of the Dutch Frisian Islands and also the westernmost of this archipelago, which extends to Denmark. More »

Veluwezoom National Park

Posted on April 24th 2007 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature

Last Saturday we visited one of twenty national parks in the Netherlands, Veluwezoom. We used the NS Lentetoer to travel by train from Leiden to Rheden (Lentetour is a special spring train ticket that allows two persons unlimited travel around the country for €35 in first class). More »

Driverless robot bus crashes again, financially

Posted on April 18th 2007 by Arthur in Life in Holland, News, Science & technology

Rotterdam ParkshuttleThe saga of the Rotterdam ‘parkshuttle’ continues. After nearly eight years of setbacks (including the December 2005 crash), the driverless robot buses — that are supposed to bring commuters from a metro station to an office park on a two-kilometer special road — takes another blow as the company that made the buses has filed for bankruptcy. More »

Comedy Central comes to Holland

Posted on April 13th 2007 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Pop culture, Television

Comedy CentralAfter Germany and Poland, Comedy Central will now also start in the Netherlands. The new TV channel, owned by MTV Networks, will start on 30 April and will broadcast on an existing channel only from 8pm to 5am every day. They have just launched their website at where you can see their TV schedule. This includes That 70s Show, Saturday Night Live, The Office US and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. More »

Our visit to Oostvaardersplassen

Posted on March 16th 2007 by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature

Last weekend we went to Flevoland for a day to hike and watch birds at Oostvaardersplassen. The weather was beautiful and there were many people out and about walking and bicycling. We saw Red Deer, Konik wild horses and several new birds. 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 »