With the family

This Monday I was for work in the UK. It was an excellent opportunity to visit the rest of the van den Berg family in Woking. Couldn’t resist taking a selfie with Saskia.

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Marco had to work but Anette and myself also had some time for lunch in Guildford. We also went to see an exhibition called ‘caught in the cross-fire’. Saskia had dancing lessons on Tuesday and I was able to catch a glimpse of her performance. Benjamin has grown tremendously since I saw him last August and he seems to be fond of his uncle. Sylvie showed me the secret stash of chocolate … sssht…. don’t tell anyone.

Reizend met de trein in Holland

Herinnering aan Holland

Denkend aan Holland
zie ik breede rivieren
traag door oneindig
laagland gaan,

rijen ondenkbaar
ijle populieren
als hooge pluimen
aan den einder staan;

en in de geweldige
ruimte verzonken
de boerderijen
verspreid door het land,

boomgroepen, dorpen,
geknotte torens,
kerken en olmen
in een grootsch verband.

de lucht hangt er laag
en de zon wordt er langzaam
in grijze veelkleurige
dampen gesmoord,

en in alle gewesten
wordt de stem van het water
met zijn eeuwige rampen
gevreesd en gehoord.

—Hendrik Marsman

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Train in Spain

Unfortunately my week in Dubai isn’t the end of this trip. There is a meeting in Barcelona from Monday to Friday that I also need to be at. It isn’t realistically possible to fly back on Friday afternoon from Dubai to home and be back in Barcelona by Monday morning. I decided therefore to spend most of the weekend in Madrid ( the airport most Dubai flights arrive into ) and take the train to Barcelona. It’s a 3 hour train ride but there’s no rush on a Sunday afternoon.

First breakfast in Madrid.

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Even though it is winter, it was a beautiful sunny day just outside Madrid.

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