fair cadres as well fair spot...marek
Mooi wijkie He! de laaning en de molenwijk het oudste gedeelten van Spijkenisse, denk ik? nou Ed ik vind het klasse dat je deze foto,s voor mee heb gemaakt, mijn dank is groot! groet uit een warm Thailand, Michel.
Hi Michel! Zal er af en toe nog wel wat bij zetten. Het is naast de Voorstraat en het Noordeinde het laatste oude Spijkenisse. Houden zo!
Thanks Marek! Its a joy to live in!
Nice place to live, Ed :)
Thanks Kasia! I hope to get old here!
Hi Wil, happy to see your place. But what about yourself?
Thank your by the way for your comments.
Hi Abadallah! On page 1 of my collection you can see my wife on a chair on the beach. I myself is to be seen on this picture in the corner right below (shadow!)
You have a nice shadow there and your street looks beautiful. I love the brick instead of tarmac. Is it me, but I notice when I was in Amsterdam that most people did not use shutters or curtains? I found myself compelled to look at peoples' lives as I walked down streets. One explanation was given to me that the Dutch by their nature are not nosey (like I am I guess) and the other from an American who lives there said the Dutch can be very status oriented. What is your thought?
Hi Chris! You're right by saying the Dutch are very status oriented. And (most) Dutchmen aren't nosey, except burglars perhaps....! Its funny you told it because its a good view on the Dutch, it also explains why we have such a variety of foreigners in such a small country. Every house is open to visitors, there is a rule over here: Your friend is my friend!
It's the opposite here. Something perhaps that didn't transfer over from New Amsterdam to New York, when the English took over. I think we might be more like the English. If someone rings our doorbell unexpectedly we might pretend we're not home. Saying hello and eye contact in public is considered aggressive. So you don't look at someone too long on the subway.
Not sure, but I think it could be because foreigners had to reluctantly live in close proximity to each other since the inception of this city. They spoke different languages so interaction was difficult and then the generations after repeated the habit. That's my guess. Sure there must be other factors. You'd find an open home in the South where they always have pies and cakes just in case someone stops by. Not in NYC. For good or for bad. If you read David Sedaris' Me Talk Pretty One Day, he writes a chapter about what the perfect out-of-town guest is to a New Yorker--they act like a shadow. Or if you've ever watched the sit-com Seinfeld the characters Elaine and George are exaggerations of the truth. It's terrible but true. At the same time we can be quite gregarious, especially if a tourist asks a question of where something is, we'll compete to give you the shortest route and alternative routes if there is construction blocking streets in the area.
Holland has better hospitality. We do have a live and let live attitude though, which maybe we got from the Netherlands.
Hi Chris! You're right when you say Holland has better hospitality in general. But there are diffences. In the north the people are a little bit closed to strangers, in the south the people are much more open. They laugh a lot more! Of course in every big city, north or south, life is different to the rest of the country. Its going so fast that there is no more room to live normal. Sometimes it occurs to me like another planet where people forget the've got neighbours. Two years ago we moved in the city we live in to another part with more elderly people. It was like stepping back to happiness. Strange enough with also much foreigners around, a happy place!
But the Dutch are not holy! Take a look at our government and you see people forcing their believe to everyone. But I think this is common to a lot of countrys. I got one golden rule: Share your happiness with everyone and the world is a better place!
Hi ya Ed,
When I was in Amsterdam, I did notice that people were a bit, stand-off-ish, but very nice once you started talking to them. My fondest memory was doing laundry in the neighborhood south of Vondel Park (I stayed on Emmastraat. The neighborhood reminded of a strikingly beautiful Brooklyn neighborhood. Anyhoo, an older woman and a Romanian man helped me to work the washer and drier and then he rolled a joint while she was asking me about Dutch New York. I felt that Amsterdammers had a different approach to strangers than say an American who can be very, loud and "Hey how ya doin'?", "Nice to meet you." I do like the "How ya doin'?" aspect as they pat your back because it is with the best of intentions. I found the Dutch approaching refreshing though.
Interesting to hear the difference of the regions' culture.
I wish my population would elect an atheist one of these days, or at least an agnostic. Perhaps there would be less conflict. I am a catholic survivor, went to parochial school and have a very bad taste for nuns. Not all, but most were pretty unhappy people in my experience.
I love the attitude of the Dutch in regards to that. I don't mind other peoples' beliefs and find them interesting sometimes, especially if they are more metaphorical, but fundamentalism in any religion makes me uncomfortable. Once in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware a proprietor in a shoddy gift shop started to argue with me over this UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAR, like Grenada, Gulf War I, Vietnam, Cambodia, Viet Nam, and the Korean were not declared by congress like WWII was. This woman was complaining that the youth are too liberal now, which I don't really agree. She had the Bible with her and said that we needed to defend ourselves and that it is right. So I asked which country Jesus would've bombed? She said, "I don't know?" Then she started quoting from the Old Testament. I brought up the "give them the other cheek" line. It didn't register. Then she asked if I've read the Bible. I went to Catholic school so of course. She said she reads it every day. I left the store after purchasing an unpretty scented candle and said, "I read it once and understood it, maybe you have to reread because you still don't understand." She didn't like that.
I read in the coptic Gospel of Mary Magdellan, one should approach the world with three things in mind: love, beauty and truth. At all times. Only love creates a stalker or abusive behavior like possessiveness, beauty creates vanity like a Michael Jackson, and only truth can create a Hitler or a Pol Pot.
I like the Dutch Constitution. Gives a lot of rights.
I understand what you mean. Here work is peoples' only defining life. I think that's why the average American travels only 50 miles from the home. It's a big county and places can be hard to get to, to be fair. I would like to see Americans open up to travel the way they have been opening up to better food. I wish our milk was as good as yours. I couldn't stop drinking it, and I'm not a huge fan of milk, except in coffee.
Fundamentalists are ass-holy. :o
I've met and know people here who aren't "holy" but believe in the "hypothesis" of "creationism" and mistakenly think that it all has to do with monkeys, even though they get flu vaccinations which I point out to them is part of the theory of evolution. I think the US is going to have that "culture war" they claim is waged against them, but they're going to be sadly sorry to find out that most Americans are not on the same page.
The crazy christians, not all christians, seem to not share their happiness but mourn it.
Pursuit of happiness can also mean pursuit of unhappiness.
Good chat. I'm a chiachiaron' (Sicilian for chatty).
Oh...one more little story: When the Smel Gibson's , The Passion of the Christ was at my local cinema. I was sitting outside a coffee shop. An evangelical woman was waiting there before the movie began and asked if I intended to see it. I said, "Well, I'd love to hear Aramaic spoken, but I already know the ending." She had no response and walked away disgusted. I smiled and had great rest of my day.
Now I'll put a cork in my mouth.
Hi Chris! Sorry i didn't respond much earlyer but my daughter gave birth to a beautiful little girl. It took all our time.
I'm happy to reed you really like the dutch. I myself believe there aren't so many differences between the dutch, belgians and germans. They all got about the same approach to life in general. In Germany (forget their "visits" in 40-45) you find people as helpfull as the dutch, though they do it with without humour.
I honestly haven't got the best of memories of americans i've met. They where almost all sailors with big mouths and bad manors. But there are exceptions to the rule. Visiting Austria we got mixed up in a group Americans doing Europe in 10 days. (Impossible, but exciting to see people told 500 years of history in 5 minutes.) Apart from the guide i told them a few things of the building they where looking at. They where so thankfull they almost drag me along to a restaurant to drink something!
I agree on the fact you need a new kind of president, someone with a open mind!
Tell you more later!
Dear Wil and Ed,
Congratulations to the both of you! Very exciting. A brand new family member, to get to know over the years. One of my closest friend just had a little girl this past January...Sadie. I've only met her once though. Good for you for becoming grandparents. Best of luck to your daughter and the little one too.
That's wonderful. No need to apologize. I'm impressed you took the time during such a hectic and exciting and tiring time of life.
To answer quickly: I do like the Dutch, but I like the French, Germans, love the Italians, etc. Dutch I feel are a bit similar, I imagine the closer to the Dutch/German borders the more similar, but Germans are quite different in my experience. Germans are louder in public (especially drunk) than the Dutch. But just as friendly. I had a great time in Berlin, but only Berlin which I'm sure is not the best example of the rest of Germany. They were very patient with listening to me speak German.
Americans can be loud, depending on where they come from, but genuinely friendly even if thinking they know more than they really know. When they travel, it's in a package like they buy in the supermarket. I've never done a bus tour of Europe (makes me feel like I am on a grade school class-trip [a nun will pop out of the toilet to scold me in my seat]). I like to pick one city per week and see it and its surrounding area. I don't try to see everything because then you get tired and miss the every day which is different wherever I've been. I make my own tour around the things I've read about or watched in a documentary. My first trip was a month of Rome, Paris, Amsterdam and London—each a week.
I hope you took that drink from the Americans, an expensive cognac.
We need a president—the one we have is hardly presidential. I'd vote for a ham sandwich ;-o to run the country. I could hear the sigh of relief from the rest of the world. The rest of the world would say, "I like this Ham Sandwich much better."
Hi Chris, you make me happy! Don't stop chatting! Maybe we can exchange Email adresses, we can make our conversations more privat. Thanks for your congratulations!
Hi Ed, was it the "ham sandwich" comment that made you happy? ;) We could exchange emails, but how is it done without giving our emails out to the world? Have fun with the new one! (Hey, I'm a poet and I didn't even know it!)
HimChris! You're right , lets do it this way! The combination of the ham sandwich with your comment did the trick!
Hi Horst! These are the original houses of the district built in 1934, i'm living further down the street, the one with the white van in front of the door. The new ones on my last picture posted are built nearby. Ground floor a shopping mall, up above appartments. Old fashioned on the outside, not "copromising" the district. At this spot used to be a harbour, i try to find some old pictures i will send to you to show how it was in my youth!
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