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”

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 in the Netherlands. The Middle Sea was a shallow inland sea that used to cut present-day province Friesland into two. Separating the ancient shires Westrachia, present-day Westergo, and Austrachia, present-day Oostergo, from each other. Hence the name ‘middle-sea’. It was a process of centuriesContinue reading “Bil. A wasteland of non-integrated migrants?”

Refuge on a terp 2.0, waiting to be liberated

August 21, 1930, Wieringermeer. The reclamation of another piece of the Zuyderzee (Southern Sea) was completed. An area, when it was still land, that was called Creilerwoud (Creil Woods). Land lost to the sea eight centuries ago, during the most destructive All Saints’ Flood in 1170. The reclaimed land -or polder– now being named WieringermeerContinue reading “Refuge on a terp 2.0, waiting to be liberated”

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…”