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Bashful Bear

It’s not often you spot an ijsbeer (polar bear) in the middle of the Domplein, so I can be excused for wanting to take advantage of this rare occasion and get a few wildlife photos. Sadly, like many animals, a … Continue reading ?

Domtoren as Fietstoren

              It’s been kerstmarkt (Christmas Market) weekend here in Utrecht, with markets popping up all over town. We hit them all, except the one at Mariaplaats, including the newest one at the Domplein. There … Continue reading...

Zeven Steegjes From a Different Perspective

I wrote about the Zeven Steegjes (Seven Alleys) two years ago. For a moment, I thought I’d written about them two years ago to the day, but then realized I was a month off. Still, close enough. Last month, while … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Letters van Utrecht

More info … Tagged: art in Utrecht, letters of utrecht, letters van utrecht, photography, street poem, things to see in Utrecht

Rotterdam’s Cube Houses

As mentioned previously, while some friends were visiting last month, we took a trip to Rotterdam. There was only one main goal that day — a post still to come — but while we were there, I really wanted to … Continue reading ?

Happy Sinterklaas

Today is St. Nicholas Day, when all the Sinterklaas celebrations come to a sugar-filled finale. I missed the Sint’s intocht (arrival) this year and I think I’m being punished for it with a cold that won’t go away. No gifts … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Sunshine on the Oudegracht

Tagged: oudegracht, photography, utrecht canals, utrecht wharfs, wordless wednesday

The Dutch Connection to Thanksgiving

Originally posted on A Flamingo in Utrecht:Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate, and happy Thursday to those who don’t. Regardless of your nationality, it’s always nice to take a moment to think about the good things in your life...

The Abaya - Back in Black

There has been a lot of discussion lately about what women in Saudi Arabia must wear when they are out in public. That traditionally black cloak worn over her clothing that hides the female form is called the abaya, and lately there have been heated discussions about whether colored abayas should be permitted or not. Show More Summary

Caturday: Ginger Edition

Lurking in the shadows — or on a wall, or under a bench, or beneath a grate, or out a window — at Flora’s Hof and the connecting bookstore, you’re bound to come across a fearless ginger cat. I’ve seen … Continue reading ?

Domtoren in the Mist

Last week, Utrecht turned a bit misty, but that didn’t stop the city from looking stunning as usual. A number of people took amazing photos of the Domtoren with its own shadows in the mist. And now it turns out … Continue reading ?

Modern Rotterdam Centraal

While my friends were visiting, we did end up taking a couple of day trips to Rotterdam and Amsterdam. Our visit to Rotterdam was for one specific point of interest, which I’ll post about eventually, once I can whittle down … Continue reading ?

Caturday: Pretty Kitty

As my visiting friends discovered, Utrecht is full of adorable cats and we were all stopping regularly to admire them. This is one I happened to spot on one of the little side streets off Twijnstraat leading down to the … Continue reading ?

The Complete Opposite of Today

Just six days ago, it was a glorious autumn day. Today, it’s cold, grey, and miserable. Maybe tomorrow will be nice again. Tagged: Dom cathedral, Dutch light, dutch weather, photography, utrecht cathedral

Enchanting Najran - Saudi Arabia

Last month I took a little trip down to the city of Najran, in southern Saudi Arabia near the Yemen border. The fascinating history of the area, the friendly people, along with the varied geography make this place a must-see destination for any expat living in Saudi Arabia. Show More Summary

Bikes and Birds

A few of the bird statues to be found in the courtyard of the Willem Arntsz Huis. Tagged: big yellow birds in utrecht, bird sculptures, bird statues, dutch cycling dutch bicycles, utrecht art, Willem Arntsz Huis

Utrecht Cathedral, Inside and Out

It’s been a fun and busy week, with friends visiting, giving me a chance to explore the city anew, as well as visit a few new places here and in other cities. Lots to post about, lots of photos to … Continue reading ?

Saudi Women Have Fun!

Post by Maktoum Bob To Pac. Enjoy this very short video that gives you a glimpse into the lighter side of living in Saudi Arabia. Even though women cannot drive here yet, they can still manage to have fun.

Winter Festivities in Utrecht

We didn’t really get any snow last year and the way these last few months have been surprisingly warm, I’m not sure we’ll get any snow this year, either. But even without snow, there are plenty of winter traditions and … Continue reading ?

Dona Nobis Pacem - Blogging for Peace in 2014

Dona Nobis Pacem - is Latin for "Grant Us Peace." I have dreamed of a world of peace for as long as I can remember. When I was a child in 1950s, I would often have difficulty falling asleep because of all the images swirling around in my head of Nikita Khrushchev threatening to bury me, the Cold War, and the Nuclear Arms Race. Show More Summary

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