Category Archives: personal

jetting around my expat universe

Last day in Cairo. First day of Ramadan, the city is weirdly quiet. Temps go up to 41 degrees today. But my sentiments are not dominated by my place of residence of the last year and a half as much … Continue reading

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Leo & Tineke Vroman

Leo Vroman, one of our national literary icons, recently died. Poet, artist, scientist, and above all – for me – someone who manages to move me to the core. And I don’t really know why. It’s not his poetry – … Continue reading

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witch world

How many worlds can one live in? Plenty turns out. Physically, I’m in Cairo (Egypt) most of the time. But is that therefore the most important world I live in? The neighbourhood I frequent is quite small, so Cairo, would … Continue reading

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Cairo Half Marathon ’14

Just ran the Cairorunners half marathon, second edition. A well-organized fun event, with plenty of volunteers, a good location for this in Cairo (a New Cairo circuit starting and ending at Festival City mall), a pleasantly undulating course, with long but doable … Continue reading

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an idiosyncratic scrapbook

You may wonder why I label my Mustang Trail Race reflections a scrapbook. Well maybe you don’t because my whole blog of fancies follows that approach.

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disclosure for the Mustang race scrapbook

Disclosure zero: the race organizer, Richard Bull, is a good friend. Putting together a scrapbook is always a very personal project. My scrapbook is never going to be yours. The information out there, including this scrapbook, is stupendous and easily accessible. … Continue reading

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music magic

It’s been a long time since I listened so much to music. Blogging is one of the reasons, as I enjoy spicing, illustrating, saving or mitigating words with some appropriate music. Another is my running on the same track time … Continue reading

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Egypt is more than trouble

Every place has many faces of which one or two tend to dominate its media image. Unfair, and thus in need of some correction. Some sounds that make Egypt make me happy:

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moving to Shanghai

It’s still half a year into the future but the move is now confirmed. My blog started off – very first post – with announcing a future move to Egypt. I actually moved to Cairo, and that’s what I should … Continue reading

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the good, the bad and the ugly

Christmas holidays brought all the kids to Egypt and we spent most of that time in the Sinai. A couple of days in Dahab  to explore under water, walk, run, climb and relax, and then a four-day camel trek in … Continue reading

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the original thought

Does it exist? It’s a question haunting me. No, that sounds too dramatic. Bothering? Pestering? Occupying? None of them really in the mark, but something akin, something part of this fuzzy category of fancy. And yes, all categories are intrinsically … Continue reading

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Cairo, a wet city in flux

Egypt’s first dose of cold weather makes for an unusual sight: Stepping out of my gate, the street in all directions is flooded, and what is on my doorstep is not even the worst as a short outing into Mohandeseen … Continue reading

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un nimweegs rondje

Nijmegen, my home town figures prominently in my running imagination. It’s where I started running, it’s where my love of trails originates. One’s own kids are the most beautiful in the world, and one’s own home turf feels special by definition, … Continue reading

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state of fear

My current status of a man of leisure with plenty of reading time allows me to indulge. More than a 1000 pages of Michael Crichton in three days. I normally list my reading here, but the last Crichton I read, … Continue reading

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promoting Dahab

Marjan & I spend as much time as we can in Dahab, former hippie hang-out and Israeli R&R destination, fabulous snorkelling right from the beach, plenty of different reef sites, stunning mountains lining the coast, laid back and cheap, and … Continue reading

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Joe Odd

While living in Phnom Penh I got to know this artist, Nic Grey. Came across his work in Java Arts during the last day of his first exhibition there. Was swept off my feet. He is soon opening an exhibition about … Continue reading

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getting through the day the male way

waking up, not easy.

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harassing females on Caireen streets

walking Cairo streets with two young friends of my daughter recently was a mixed pleasure. Not too difficult to ignore the ridiculous behavior of mostly young males from anywhere between 12 and 35. But very tiring to suppress the waves … Continue reading

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swimming to Cambodia

I didn’t actually swim, so the title is but a crude way to share my admiration for Spalding Gray with you, one of the great story tellers of all time. But I did visit, again, and felt very much at home. … Continue reading

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Bangkok through the lens of Cairo

When one visits a new environment first impressions are important to document. It is even more important to analyze what they tell you something about. Sure, they offer an interesting perspective, not yet desensitized by habituation,  on the new environment. … Continue reading

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freediving

Even before moving to Egypt I had heard about Dahab being a centre of freediving. Whatever the pursuit, I am quite gearphobic, so diving without bottles, tubes, and lots of other stuff sounded attractive. Mmmm, still need a wet-suit…well, sometimes … Continue reading

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Dutch Diplomacy

Does it exist? There is Double Dutch, going Dutch, Dutch treat, what about Dutch diplomacy? You might have missed it but we just celebrated the abdication of our queen Beatrix and the coronation or her son Willem-Alexander. Huge in the … Continue reading

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wondering about Alexandria

Marjan and I made use of a long weekend to bus North to Alexandria, one of the other capitals of Egypt.  It’s a big city (4.1 million in 2006) but what a breather, literally, from Cairo. Nothing much is left … Continue reading

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promoting Cairo streets on foot

Walking Cairo streets is enjoyable, despite the terrible press the city gets. I knew there were bound to be locals who know that and live it and even promote it. A little while ago I came across Cairobserver, a great … Continue reading

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more about zappa

I’ve shared more visuals of his  and the amazing mr. Bickford here. The ones below are more about the person and his music. If you like Zappa you probably know these videos, if you don’t know him you probably don’t watch … Continue reading

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