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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

Caturday: A Progression

A cute little back street in Utrecht on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The vanishing perspective, the rounded corner of the building, the different shades of bricks … they all caught my eye. But it was the rounded corner building that … Continue reading ?

Happy Halloween

Halloween’s not really a thing here, unfortunately. I always loved it in the US and had a nice selection of decorations. Sadly, they were left behind and only our two black cats made the big move. They’re the best decorations … Continue reading ?

Almost Wordless Wednesday: Religious Imagery

A moment captured in the Pandhof next to the cathedral. My continuing photographic goal is to get a photo of a wittevrouw (literally “white woman”, but referring to the cloister of nuns who wore a white habit) on Wittevrouwenstraat/brug. Someday! … Continue reading ?

Utrecht Wijnproeverij Woensdag

Excuse me while I do a bit of work promotion. We’ve got a lot of great wines at Vino Veritas that are only available by the bottle, due to being a bit pricier. That means that many people don’t get … Continue reading ?

The Real Reason Why I Cannot Drive in Saudi Arabia

This is the video I made for the Women's Driving Campaign movement. Some people might be shocked at my use - twice - of the "P" word. But basically it is the real reason why I am denied the right to drive here in this country.

Tour De France 2015 Route Presentation

Today is the grand announcement of the route of the 102nd Tour De France taking place next summer. It’s relevant to Utrecht, because Utrecht is where the race begins next year! We’ve known that for a while, but the official … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: Cruising the Drift

Tagged: drift canal, photography, utrecht canals, utrecht tour boat

Send in Your Video in Support of Saudi Women Driving

I have written so many times about the fact that women are banned from driving here in Saudi Arabia. I have been very vocal about my objections to this unfair driving ban based solely on gender discrimination. I personally drove safely...Show More Summary

Wordless Wednesday: Urban Scenery

Tagged: photography, urban architecture, utrecht architecture, Vredenburg, wordless wednesday

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