Birthday party

Marco arrived on Friday evening from the UK and Saskia, Sylvie and Benjamin had made a jar for Opa containing 80 candies as well as some notes and drawings they had made. That should last Opa a while.  I had slept at Opa’s house for the last two weeks but with Marco’s arrival I was banished to a hotel on Friday night. Not that I minded.  Room service breakfast on Saturday morning was very welcome.

On Saturday March 17th we celebrated Opa Jansie’s 80th birthday at Restaurant de Spikke in Heerde. Marco had invited most people online a few weeks ago and I had invited some others we hadn’t reached online earlier this week in person.

Almost everyone who was invited came to the party and I was glad I had ordered as much cake as I did. People had a really good time. Opa Jansie’s two brothers: Herman and Jan were both there. It was a very long time ago since they were together and we’ve been able to take a few photos.

On Sunday morning it was departure time for me. Home with KL601 from Amsterdam to LA.

Opa van den Berg is 80

Today is Jansie’s birthday. He’s turning 80. Last night we celebrated with a pre-birthday dinner at a restaurant near Epe. We drank a few glasses of wine at home afterwards. Today there were some early neighbors bearing small gifts and best wishes. The cleaning lady also found his wallet that he had been missing for a week. He has developed the habit of hiding things and forgetting where they are.

Earlier this week we also started to invite people for his birthday party this Saturday. For the first time in many years he spoke to his brother Herman who is coming as well.

First week in The Netherlands

Already a week has gone by since I arrived in The Netherlands. I’ve taken my Dad for a day in Germany and Deventer. At my favorite men’s store we got him a few nice shirts and jacket for his birthday.

Later this week I went to visit the Kröller-Müller museum in Otterloo. It has the second largest collection of Van Gogh paintings.

On Friday night I spent the night in The Hague and visited the Escher Museum. Next week is my dad’s birthday and there’s still a bit of preparation needed.

Sweet 16

Roos turned 16 today. Yesterday I looked through some of the older pictures and found one from when she turned 1. That was back in Druten long before we moved to the US.

We celebrated by going for dinner in an Italian restaurant. Alex, Gary and mom where there as well. Roos got a card from the Netherlands but also a video game and a sowing machine.

Tomorrow I’m flying out to The Netherlands. Opa Jansie is turning 80 in about a 10 days and we need to celebrate that as well.

Happy new year from San Francisco

Technically it’s already a bit too late.. but happy new year ! I will be in San Francisco this week for the annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. It is one of the key healthcare events in the US with very interesting presentations and discussions. The weather today was OK but it might get a bit rainy later in the week. The hotel is quite nice : right outside Fisherman’s Wharf.

Snorkeling at Molokini

We got up fairly early this morning to go snorkeling at Molokini. Molokini is a partially submerged volcano crater that last erupted more than a hundred thousand years ago. We sailed over to Molokini on a boat. The water is incredibly clear so it is very easy to see and swim around the underwater reef. There were many fish on the reef but we also sailed a bit outside Molokini to see the main attraction: sea turtles.

On the boat, we met the writer for the TV series Supergirl. It’s one of the series Lexie and I have been watching together. Her name is Jessica Queller and she was with her daughter snorkeling as well.


We had a lazy day. We walked along the beach to get breakfast this morning. Did some shopping in the early afternoon and wrote some postcards. We had an omakase dinner at Morimoto, a Japanese restaurant nearby. The restaurant has the A5 Kobe beef as part of that menu and only a limited amount is available outside Japan. The dinner and the view from our table was excellent. Tomorrow will be a more active day but for now it’s was wonderfully lazy.

Zip lining Ka’anapali

We had a great time zip lining through the canyons and valleys of Ka’anapali. We did a total of 8 separate zip lines including one where we could go side-by-side. The views were amazing across the Pacific and the ocean breeze made it even better. The ride up the mountain was as adventurous as taking the zip line down. After we finished up we took a car to nearby Lahaina for an excellent shave ice while we watched the sun set.

We got back to the hotel to take a shower and to dress up a little for our Christmas Eve dinner. We talked about what we want, respectively wanted, to do when we grow up.