My Dutch book is here!

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that I’d been contacted by a Dutch editor about including one of my photos in Droomonderduik, a Dutch book she was editing. I agreed, and in exchange, she offered to send me a copy of the book when it was out. Today, by international mail, the book arrived!Continue reading “My Dutch book is here!”

Droomonderduik: “Dream Hiding”

A few months back, I received an email from a Dutch editor. She’d seen one of my photos from the Artis Zoo in Amsterdam, which I’d taken during our trip there back in 2010. The editor was working on a Dutch-language book about the zoo, and she wanted to include my photo in the book.Continue reading “Droomonderduik: “Dream Hiding””

The Netherlands: The End

Day 10.7 Thursday, April 22, 2010 So far so good, and I’m actually feeling pretty positive about going out tomorrow.  The skies are still problematic but some flights are leaving and the situation gets better every hour, so, fingers crossed. Today, we decided to hit our last museum (or what I hope is our lastContinue reading “The Netherlands: The End”

The Netherlands: Days 10.5 & 10.6 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)

Day 10.5 Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Success? Relief? I hope so. We spent all last night checking trains and buses, but nothing we could find was getting us anywhere any faster. Our B&B hostess found a train to Istanbul that would take only two days, but some legs of the journey were unavailable for onlineContinue reading “The Netherlands: Days 10.5 & 10.6 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)”

The Netherlands: Days 10.3 & 10.4 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)

Day 10.3 Sunday, April 18, 2010 Ever since this fiasco began, we’d been considering alternate forms of travel, just in case.  As Tuesday approaches and the situation in the skies shows little sign of improving, Jennifer decided it might be smart to start planning alternate travel now, just in case our Tuesday flight gets canceledContinue reading “The Netherlands: Days 10.3 & 10.4 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)”

The Netherlands: Days 10.1 & 10.2 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)

Day 10.1 Friday, April 16, 2010 Stranded still.  The volcano continues to spew, the European authorities in charge of their respective airspaces continue to freak out, many of our fellow passengers are growing irrationally angry, and it’s looking more and more like we’re in this for a longer haul than anyone would like. We wokeContinue reading “The Netherlands: Days 10.1 & 10.2 (the Great Volcano Standstill, 2010)”

The Netherlands: Days 9 & 10

Day 9 Wednesday, April 14, 2010 We had planned today to go to Haarlem, but when we bought our train tickets to Hoorn yesterday, a saleswoman launched into a pitch to sell us bus-tour tickets, and we decided to take the brochure and peruse it just to make her happy.  And sure enough, while waitingContinue reading “The Netherlands: Days 9 & 10”

The Netherlands: Days 7 & 8

Day 7 Monday, April 12, 2010 I am quite too relaxed to write.  I’ll try to jot down a few notes, but I expect to sleep soon. We did the Artis Zoo today, a beautiful complex packed not only with an excellent zoo but also with a planetarium, an aquarium, a zoological museum, an AfricanContinue reading “The Netherlands: Days 7 & 8”