Out of averting the inevitable a community was born

March 25, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic is climbing towards its second peak. Uncertainty of how destructive the pandemic is going to be in the long run. How many family members and loved ones will it take? A phenomenon of chaos and destruction that confronts us with the limitations of an engineered world. Some people exclaimContinue reading “Out of averting the inevitable a community was born”

Hero of Haarlem: a dragon in disguise?

It was a Yankee by the name Mary Mapes Dodge who wrote ‘Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates. A story of life in Holland’. The book was published in New York in 1865. It is about poor, 15-year-old Hans and his sister Gretel. Gretel wins the Silver Skates. The price for winning an ice skatingContinue reading “Hero of Haarlem: a dragon in disguise?”

Beacons of Nordfriesland

Nordfriesland, or North Frisia. The western coast and islands of the region Schleswig. Stretching from the Danish town Tønder in the north to the river Eider in the south. A broad strip of land by the sea with all islands in between. It is here where a specific celebration of bonfires takes place every year.Continue reading “Beacons of Nordfriesland”

Bil. A wasteland of non-integrated migrants?

This is the story of the reclamation of the former Middelzee ‘Middle Sea’ in the Netherlands. A shallow inland sea that used to cut present-day province of Friesland into two. Separating the shires Westrachia (present-day Westergo) and Austrachia (present-day Oostergo) from each other. Hence the name Middle Sea. It was a process of centuries toContinue reading “Bil. A wasteland of non-integrated migrants?”

Another brick in the wall

Who has not dined at least once in an ’80s Chinese restaurant that carried the name ‘The Great Wall’? At least you have been at one for a take-away. Yes, you do! Besides the big orange and white goldfish, of course, also a painting of the magnificent wall gliding through remote mountains of the ChineseContinue reading “Another brick in the wall”

Half a million deaths. A forgotten North Sea disaster…

Did you know that between 328,770 and 502,190 people lost their lives around the North Sea? On the flip side: millions of possible casualties have been prevented succesfully. For now at least… Half a million casualties is a lot. How could we forget about such a huge number? Did nobody notice? Did nobody mention? ItContinue reading “Half a million deaths. A forgotten North Sea disaster…”

The mother of all dikes

Ladies and gentlemen, it is time to get down and dirty. Nope, this article is not about lesbians. This dike is not made of flesh and bones, but it is made of dirt, dung and, ok probably ‘bones‘. This dike is actually an old Route 66. A dike is an artificial slope to regulate waterContinue reading “The mother of all dikes”