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When we left the house, the sky was still blue and the sun was out. On the motorway we realized that we were travelling towards a big mass of dark-blue clouds full of rain or maybe sleet.

When we arrived at our destination - that one Dutch city where all Rhinelanders go to buy stuff on a Sunday - the hail was pouring down.

Last time I was there, we also ended up being soaked. Here is a mix of old and new pictures:

Venlo )


Nov. 1st, 2015 12:19 pm
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I took yesterday off - I've only got one more straggler to mark and I'm more or less on top of my planning - because the weather was gorgeous and my back and shoulders definitely couldn't take another day at my desk.

We spent the afternoon at Insel Hombroich, a museum, an island, a park, a place to experience the seasons, modern art and ancient artefacts in parallel to nature. It is not an island in the geographical sense, it is not in actual fact surrounded by water, but situated close to a river and its flood meadows.

I did not take my big camera, which was far too much weight for my neck, so all pictures were taken with my crappy little mobile phone camera.

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Oh yes, once again, I'm about three years late in starting a TV series.

Last night it was the pilot and the second episode of The Americans and as I'm conflicted about it, I am throwing some of that out here. Spoilers for episode 1 and  )


Oct. 10th, 2015 12:05 pm
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The gibbons had an enclosure with at least two very tall trees amid some of the more usual structures of zoo life for apes like ropes and wooden climbing frames.

Up in the trees )

Four legs.

Oct. 9th, 2015 12:20 pm
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Before I bring you the gibbons, here are some other various animals from Lagos Zoo:

Water and land )


Oct. 8th, 2015 03:27 pm
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There are still Portugal pictures to post!

Lots of animals with wings )

More animals to come.
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Wherever I go, countless others have been before me and they have left their mark on the world.

The scale on which humans change their environment is staggering and open-cast mining is one of the most breath-taking.

There is quite a bit of that around here and rehabilitation efforts are already under way at the same time that old villages are re-located because they're in the way of the huge machines digging up the coal. If you want to read more about these now abandoned villages, here is a picture-post (in German).

Pictures )


Oct. 1st, 2015 06:08 pm
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I'm still not quite done with the Portugal pictures - I keep posting them to remember the holidays. As there is only one more school day (which we'll spend on a field trip) until the autumn break, I should really post some today! Read more... )
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I really should be marking those essays, but here have some pictures of our trip to the museum with our English guests:

Pictures )


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