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.

Bumpy ride

Alexandra and I arrived in Hawaii today. We’re back in Maui, the place where we went to several years ago. The flight over was very bumpy due to some storm system but we landed safely after about a 6 hour flight. Tomorrow we’ll explore the hotel and especially the pools; there are supposed to be 10 in the hotel.

Brea tournament

It was another day in Brea and a waterpolo tournament for Alex. Roos and I acted like a real American family in between games. It was quite hot and Roos was wearing a sweater. So we decided to buy a t-shirt and ended up at Walmart. Roos briefly considered going all out with this t-shirt

She found a better option that was mildly offensive. Roos decided to change in the car in the wal mart parking lot and we went to McDonalds across the street for McNuggets for brunch.


We hadden het een beetje koud maar het was ook wel even lekker. Vandaag zijn we op de fiets naar Heerde gegaan om nog even bij ome Jan langs te gaan. Hij was echter niet thuis en dus zijn we maar even bij de Posthoorn op het dorp een kopje koffie gaan drinken. Het begon echter al snel wat donker aan de lucht te worden en we waren gelukkig met de eerste druppels thuis.


It has been a decade or more the last time I was in the city of Nordhorn, just across the border with Hardenberg at about 1h15 from Wapenveld. Growing up, we used to go as a family, perhaps as often as once every 6 weeks to go grocery shopping in Germany. In those days, a passport was still needed to get across the border and there were limits on the amounts that could be purchased.

Those days are long gone and the city has changed quite a bit. The iconic store we would always visit, the Kaufhalle, is closed and just an empty shell remains. Nordhorn has a beautiful park and we went for a walk here after a German lunch ( Currywurstpfannchen mit Pommes ).

Utrecht met Etienne

Last night I had dinner with my old friend from the KMA. We spend the entire 4.5 years there together, first as a group of 8 sharing a room in the old Castle and later as roommates in the PFP building before, in our final year, getting a room to ourselves in the PBP. I met him at his house and we spent a few hours in Utrecht catching up over nice meal. He currently lives in Maarssen, near Utrecht, and is just about to start building his dream house there with his wife and two sons (6 and 8).

This is us… back in 1991 in Kamp de Kiek