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Celebrating Nijntje (Miffy)

While friends were visiting in November, I finally got around to seeing the dick bruna huis. Admission is included in your ticket to the Centraal Museum (which is across the street from the dick bruna house), but I had never … Continue reading ?

Review: Buddhism Through American Buddhist Women’s Eyes

This newest series of essays written by American Buddhist women, edited by Karma Lekshe Tsomo is one of a number of such volumes introducing and promoting women’s roles in the current formation of Buddhism in America and worldwide. Other important volumes include Sandy Boucher’s Turning the Wheel: American Women Creating the New Buddhism, Lenore Friedman’s […]

Book Review: Brad Warner’s Sex, Sin, and Zen

Being a follower of trends mostly within the Theravada and vipassana scenes, I have never had an opportunity to read Brad Warner’s work. Although I was aware of him as a kind of youthful, funny, irreverent, and popular figure within American Zen circles, I never thought about diving into his now series of books and […]

Wordless Wednesday: Dreaming of Colour

(Not quite wordless as I feel the urge to rant about Flickr and how my original photos looked much better on my laptop than they do now that they’ve been filtered through Flickr. Grrrrrr.) Tagged: autumn color, oranje, oudegracht, photography, … Continue reading ?

Wordless Wednesday: A Bit More Pieterskerkhof

Tagged: Dutch architecture, photography, pieterskerkhof, Utrecht churches, winter light, wordless wednesday

Time Travel: Pieterskerkhof and the Domtoren

The browser tab cleanup continues … This image (photo via Het Utrechts Archief) of Pieterskerkhof, with the Domtoren in the background, is from 1925. This is a stretch that really hasn’t changed much at all. That’s Pieterskerk (St. Peter’s Church), … Continue reading ?

The Dom’s Architect

I’m a tab hoarder in my browser and regularly have more tabs open than is really necessary, but often they’re made up of things that I want to write about. However, sometimes I feel like they require more research than … Continue reading ?

Blue Sky Dreaming

It’s that time of year again when the skies are grey and rain shows up in the daily forecast. In other words, the weather vacillates between meh and miserable. I really should get one of those sun lamps, but until … Continue reading...

Wordless Wednesday: Utrecht

Tagged: architecture, dom, domtoren, photography, Utrecht churches, Utrecht from above, Utrecht skyline, view from above, willibrord, wordless wednesday

New Year’s Fireworks Over Utrecht

Happy New Year! Tagged: fireworks, holidays, new year's eve, video

Utrecht’s Beautiful Canals

One last post today, as I noticed people getting to my blog via searches for the beautiful canals of Utrecht. We do have beautiful canals, the Oudegracht being one of the best known. I like how it changes depending on … Continue reading ?

2014 in review

I keep seeing so many end-of-year comments and posts today that I have to keep checking that today is really the 30th and not the 31st. Fortunately, there’s still a day or two left of 2014 to get things sorted, … Continue reading ?

The Dog Days of Christmas

I am irresistibly drawn to dogs and regularly find myself admiring the many dogs we see while out and about. Occasionally I can get a quick snap or two of some of them, but dogs being dogs, most photos end … Continue reading ?

Touring Utrecht’s Christmas Markets

The other weekend, Utrecht was overflowing with kerstmarkten (Christmas markets). Mariaplaats, Twijnstraat, Domplein, Stadhuis, and other winter festivities at Neude were among the offerings and fortunately the weather cooperated. It was a gorgeous sunny winter day. The Domplein was the … Continue reading ?

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 ?

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