CNN Europe TV changes appearance

Posted by Arthur in Pop culture, Television

CNN Europe today changed their TV look. The familiar American red and blue interface has been replaced by a much more British, simple, boxy look. More »

February 11th 2006 | 10:40 am CET | 1 Comment »

Beachcombing for corned beef, shoes and hammers

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News

Last night a Liberian cargo ship off the coast of the island of Terschelling lost dozens of containers in a heavy storm. The Dutch island’s beaches are now littered with stuff; the lost containers reportedly contained shoes, hammers, corned beef, aluminum suitcases, toys and … hamburgers. The police of the mainland town of Harlingen has sent a ‘mobile unit’ to the island to assist the island’s police force in preventing people from stealing the Liberian hamburgers. More »

February 10th 2006 | 5:14 pm CET | No Comments »

Emigrants pouring out of the Netherlands

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, News

CBS reported today that last year the Netherlands saw a population growth of only 30,000, the lowest since 1900. The scant growth is largely due to the large number of emigrants. More »

February 10th 2006 | 3:37 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Leiden overflowing with bikes

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland

The warehouses used by the municipality of Leiden to store improperly parked bicycles are nearly full. Because of this the city can no longer clear illegally parked bikes from the train station area. The city needs storage space for at least 3,000 bikes. More »

February 10th 2006 | 10:03 am CET | No Comments »

Leiden tourist info via cellphone

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland, Science & technology, Travel

Tourists in Leiden will soon be able to use their cellphones as a city guide. Using the network of Wireless Leiden, visitors will be able to hear tourist tips while out on the town, in their own language. Information on restaurants, shops and cafes will also be available. More »

February 9th 2006 | 8:39 pm CET | 1 Comment »

Leiden-only Rembrandt money coming soon

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland, Travel

A series of special Rembrandt coins will be available to the public starting February 15. The coins will be issued in Leiden and can be used as legal tender at participating stores and restaurants in the Leiden area. More »

February 9th 2006 | 4:31 pm CET | 2 Comments »

Travel book praises small Leiden museum

Posted by Amy in Leiden, Life in Holland, Travel

American travel book publisher Let’s Go has named Molenmuseum De Valk in Leiden, the Netherlands, as a unique travel destination with outstanding service. More »

February 9th 2006 | 10:40 am CET | No Comments »

Flu shot, schmoo shot

Posted by Amy in Personal

I was so proud of myself for getting a flu shot last December. Well guess what? I’m sick. More »

February 8th 2006 | 7:42 pm CET | No Comments »

Dutch otters in hot water

Posted by Arthur in Life in Holland, Nature, News

Otters are rare in the Netherlands; the last native one was killed in a road accident in 1988. Since 1992 Staatsbosbeheer (National Forest Preservation) has been trying to reintroduce the otter in Dutch waters. Today five new ones were introduced in the Overijssel nature park De Wieden. More »

February 7th 2006 | 8:06 pm CET | No Comments »

Supermarkets: Does size really matter?

Posted by Arthur in Food, Life in Holland, Shopping & Stuff

One of my favorite things to do when in the United States is to look around at grocery stores. There is so much to see that we don’t have here in the Netherlands, and the selection is so much bigger; hundreds of different types of shredded cheese, potatoes and other produce much bigger in size than anything sold in Holland, and aisles of strange sodas that Europeans have never even dreamed of. The average supermarket in the U.S. has 45,000 different products, compared to ‘only’ 15,000 in the Netherlands. More »

February 6th 2006 | 6:52 am CET | 2 Comments »