The start of another beautiful winter day

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Greetings from a freezing Rotterdam

Our day trip to Rotterdam was thrilling, yet dominated by a particularly cold weather front. Glad we had the proper winter clothes in our backpack.

Rotterdam is a very urban city, with about 1 million inhabitants, many students and many people with a migrant background, whoch makes for a very vibrant, lively culture, also in the restaurants: many with Surinam, eastern or middle eastern menus. The architecture is simply stunning.

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“Successful people who wake up really early” – business insider

Interesting article, although I do not agree with the suggested implications. Although it is definitely beneficial to get up early, these examples seem to be extreme. The average human needs its eight hours of sleep per night, I know I certainly do. It is possible to deviate from this for several days, or weeks or even years, but in many cases the organism will then get the bill in the form of some unpleasant disease – mental or systemic.
Also, the article doesn’t mention when these people go to bed: it is easy (and eye-opening) to turn in at 10pm and to get up at 5:30am, in such a case early rising does make s lot of sense for people that actually have “early riser genes”. From these examples, I get the impression that these managers hardly sleep at all! What do their weekends look like: binge sleeping 12 hours on Saturday and Sunday?
In truth, I would welcome an article that lists managers that go to bed at 11:00pm and get up at 7:00am. Mediocre people can be successful too ;-)

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Statue in Paris – close to the Sacré-Coeur

This is the statue of the chevalier Lefebvre de la Barre, a young Frenchman,  tortured and beheaded because he refused to take off his hat to honor a religious procession.

I came across this statue on our trip to Paris a few months back. It can be found close to the Sacré-Cœur – although I suspect most tourists pass it by without glancing at it once.


The moral of this story ? Better take of your hat when zealots walk by.

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As seen in Rotterdam “Melly Shum HATES her job”

I feel a lot of empathy for this woman. Wish I had the courage to advertise my view on life in a similar way.

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YouTube: impressions of our November trip to Paris

We managed (again) to bypass all the typical major attractions. Instead we walked the northern part of the city, had a nice coffee here and there and enjoyed the architecture, the stores and shops and the quiet of the less frequented areas.

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Driving through California, heading to San Francisco


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