Category personal

Pickets

By now you all know I’m developing my own house. The Benjamin One. Somehow it continues to feel like nothing but fiction. The design only exists in my computer. Talks I have with the local government, buyers, contractor, friends and colleagues are……

Cobouw

Last week a Cobouw journalist interviewed me regarding the Benjamin One Project. He wanted to know what inspired me in the design. I answered “iPhone”. Read the full article here.

Heroes

Exactly seventy years ago more than 150.000 Allied troops, about half of them Americans, invaded Western Europe. They started on the beaches of Normandy and liberated the entire continent within 12 months. Six years ago I visited the beaches of…

Bald Eagle

My summer holiday of 2012 was a 3000 mile road trip in the United States. It was one of my best holidays ever. So, how come I never wrote about it here? The answer is simple. Since I arrived back…

Crazy weather records

The Dutch are experiencing the coldest spring since 1984. In fact, this years spring might be one of the coldest since 1901. This weather fact is reported as hard news by De Telegraaf, the largest newspaper of the Netherlands. Although this news…

Meanwhile in Amsterdam…

Tomorrow, Queen Beatrix abdicates the throne, thus her son Willem-Alexander becomes King. This all happens in Amsterdam, which is now buzzing with activity. Today, I was fortunate to see the Queen on the last full day of her reign. This…

Stunning view from the World Trade Center

Yeah, I’m biased, but I think New York City is the most beautiful city in the world. A few days ago, this feeling was reinforced after checking out the Daily Mail. This British newspaper published a “mind-blowing picture” (see above), which they snapped…

Talkshow event Bolder75

Earlier this month, I directed the fifth episode of talkshow event Bolder75. One of our Bethel editors created this short but great compilation (see video above). You’ll see excerpts of Renze Klamer (the host) and his guests (Fajah Lourens, Foppe de Haan, Jan Slagter and Otto de…