Late Night Hooligans
As I lay in limbo one night, I heard the crash of glass breaking, praying it wasn't the windshield of my car parked next to the outside canal on the street below. On a walk earlier in the day I saw broken car glass on the sidewalk and wondered if it was a reoccuring theme in this seemgly Payton Place.
The next morning, we walked past the Indian Restaurant where we had dinner the night before and noticed windows smashed. Obviously, ethnic groups have recently become targets in Holland. Its unfortunate to see the Dutch (just a few of course) take such severe measures when they are thought to be some of the most open minded and liberal people on the face of the planet. With the 9/11 and March 11 bombings, it is apparent, the world is becoming more and more divided by ethnic origins, based on a few extremists. It was sad to see this restaurants windows broken and the fear that it put into the hearts of people who fled to Holland to seek refuge from such activity.
- Business Travel
Enjoy the local apple and SALIVA donuts!!!
Looking down into the cellar of a famous posh bakery located on the main place of the town ("markt"), me and my family witnessed the talents of the baker in preparing those local apple fritters or donuts called "appelflap", and consisting of an apple ring between two discs of dough. This experienced man (aged about 50) used neither his baking tools nor his hands to this purpose, but... his mouth!
We were quite amazed to see him licking the edges of the discs of dough and to crimp very elegantly the discs together with his teeth and lips, thus using his saliva as a kind of glue. I find it as shocking as disgusting.
Unfortunately, this says a lot about the local conception of hygiene and food, as well as about the respect of customers.
Enjoy the local apple and SALIVA donuts!!! 2
I'm a girl from Delft and I can assure you that this says nothing about local conception of hygiene and food, but more about the bakery. Fortunately the bakery doesn't exist anymore. It's now a branche of Subways. Enjoy your food in Delft!
- Budget Travel
Reading a map!
Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?
The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies tend to be more aggressive and females more passive. As adults, in spatial operations, men have the edge in such skills as negotiating a maze, reading a map, and quickly discriminating between right and left. Men also perform better than women when asked to visualize an object and imagine rotating it. On the other hand, women tend to perform better than men when asked to look at objects of different shapes, sizes, and colors, and then to group them in some order.
This still doesn't explain why Paulien turns the map all around when I'm asking for the road to travel, while I like the map at one point so I can better visualize our position. Help!
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Road Trip
Do drink enough!!!
For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the city lanes with its historical houses and bridges will go up and down.
Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
* The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
* Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
* Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
* Blood is 92% water;
* Water protects and cushions vital organs;
·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
* Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.
- Hiking and Walking
- Museum Visits