It’s high time for another one of my pet peeves. This commercial by CSX, one of the big railroad companies, annoys me no end: Continue reading
Posted in Transportation
Tagged american railroads, Austin, commuter trains, environment, freight trains, Opinion, pet peeves, public transportation, sharing railroads, society, traffic, transportation
There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands and in cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike. The BBC’s Hague correspondent, Anna Holligan, who rides an omafiets – or “granny style” – bike complete with wicker basket and pedal-back brakes, examines what made everyone get back in the saddle.
Click here for the entire article by BBC News.
This is cool. And Dutch.
Posted in Emigration / Immigration, Holland, Technology, Travel
Tagged emigration, immigration, innovation, Innovative roads, Netherlands, new road technology, science, transportation
This is the second post in a series about American high school students’ impressions of a presentation about the Netherlands in World War Two. Click here for the introduction to said presentation.
Posted in High School, Holland, World War Two
Tagged America, army, Dutch soldiers, education, Headwaters School, history, Khabele School, Nederland, Netherlands, onderwijs, transportation, tweede wereldoorlog, United States, World War Two, WWII
This is the first of a series of posts about my family during WWII. For a brief history of the Netherlands in WWII, click here.
Most of the stories about WWII come from my mother’s side of the family. My grandparents were in their 30s when the war started, my mother was five, and my aunt turned one on a beautiful day in May 1940. (The family celebrated her birthday outside, and saw the first German planes fly over on their way to bomb the blazes out of Rotterdam.) My uncle was born two years later, in the middle of the German occupation. Continue reading
Posted in Holland, World War Two
Tagged Bezetting Nederland, bicycles, checkpoints, confiscaties, confiscations, Fietsen, German occupation, history, hongerwinter, hunger winter, Netherlands, transportation, tweede wereldoorlog, World War Two, WWII
A blog that I visit a lot is A Flamingo in Utrecht, which has wonderful photos of Utrecht, the Netherlands: streetscapes, vistas, and photos of everyday life. It inspired me to post regular photos of Austin. It doesn’t have much to do with being a Dutch immigrant here, but oh well. I love Austin and all its quirkiness, so let’s just say it’s a counterweight to all my griping. Continue reading
I usually took the bus and the train from my home in Eemnes to my high school in Bilthoven. But in early summer of my senior year, if the weather was nice, I would cycle to school. It was a 45-minute bike ride.
On the way back from school I often battled a head wind so then it could take almost twice as long. Continue reading
Posted in High School, Travel
Tagged Creative writing, cycling, Dutch, high school, humor, middelbare school, Nederland, Netherlands, no hands, school traffic, teen driving alternatives, transportation, verkeer, zonder handen fietsen