Out of averting the inevitable a community was born

March 25, 2020 today. 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 peopleContinue reading “Out of averting the inevitable a community was born”

Beacons of Nordfriesland

Nordfriesland or North Frisia. The western coast and islands of 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 fifteen islands and Halligs in between. It is here where a specific celebration of bonfires takes place onContinue 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 from each other the ancient pagi ‘districts’ Westrachia, present-day Westergo, and Austrachia, present-day Oostergo. Hence its name Middelzee ‘middle-sea’. It was a processContinue 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…”

Legend of Esonstad

When, on a moon-clear night, on top of the dike at Lauwersmeer (Lake Lauwers), you look out over the water, you just might see in the distance the spire of the former city of Esonstad above the water. A drowned city, also written as Ezonstad, and in the early-seventeenth century known as Esonstadium. Esonstad wasContinue reading “Legend of Esonstad”