Hello readers!

Wow time flies by! Seriously, just three weeks ago the Tour de France started and I had little spare time between a project and the last study exams of the year, and now it is suddenly past half of July! Wow! Today a recap of the month of May, tonight a recap of the month June. And what I will write from Thursday on for at least a week…. that is a surprise!  But of course I hope you enjoy it and that it will be an inspiration for you! Or that it will bring up nice memories if you recognise it.

So how is it all going and what did I experience or enjoyed the past couple of weeks….

Lets start with the month of May!

In May the little spring holiday had ended so weeks of study lay ahead. But that’s in short the boring part. The nice part is all the things I visited in may!

If you follow my personal account on Instagram: @sophie.vda than you can see those photo’s, or now and then when my account is public. My public blog account on Instagram is @sophie.vda.blog

In May I have been to the following public events:

  • The Final of the Philips Innovation Awards
  • The Keukenhof – Tulips Garden in Lisse (Instagram photo)
  • The Feyenoord Championship festival in the city Rotterdam (Instagram photo)
  • The Rotterdam Starter Award 1st edition
  • Azië aan de Maas – Asian food and culture festival in Rotterdam
  • Library college human skeletons

And of course it was Mothers Day as well! 🙂 And I have been to a dear friend her birthday party and a double family birthday party.  Catching up stories about life with some dear friends was also part of the month of May. As soon as the exams and projectperiod of the previous trimester have ended it is catching up time with dear friends haha.

The IT related stuff: I have been working with PHP, JavaScript, SASS (and CSS & HTML recap), Python. I also worked with Statistics with R which I really like to analyse statistics in another way than with the common known SPSS analysis. All as part of a project and/or for selfstudy and the upcoming internship.

How has been your month of May?

Greetings by Sophie

Quote of the day on a Sunday

 

Quote:

“Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” – Plato 

Greetings by Sophie

Tour de France 2017 | Étape 2

L’étape

The second étape started in Düsseldorf (Germany) and the finish line was set in Liège, 206km – 128 miles on the road. The weather was not much better than the day before at the time trial and some 30km before the finish there was a crash in the peloton but with no big serious effects for the favorites.

La finale

The second stage and first sprint route is won by Marcel Kittel (QST). This is his video at the finish.

YouTube Description

Published on 2 Jul 2017

The 2017 Tour de France starts for the 1st time from Düsseldorf in Germany.
From Saturday 1st of July to Sunday 23rd of July 2017, the 104th Tour de France includes 21 stages for a total length of 3 521 kilometers.

Stage 2 – (Düsseldorf / Liège)

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Official Hashtag: #TDF2017

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Category: Sports

Licence: Standard YouTube Licence

Winner:

Marcel Kittel (QST)

Les cyclistes

The top 20 of cyclists at the finish in my virtual cyclists team on Scorito and AD Wielerspel. In Italic and bold the nine cyclists I chose for the day.

My team and their finish…

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Tour de France 2017 | Étape 1

L’étape

The first étape (stage) started in Düsseldorf (Germany) and was a short Time Trial stage of 14km – 8.7 miles. It was very rainy and several accidents happened. Sadly Alejandro Valverde fell so badly that he is heavily injured and going into recovery.

La finale

The first time trial of this Tour de France edition is won by Geraint Thomas (SKY). This is his video at the finish.

YouTube Description

Published on 1 Jul 2017

The 2017 Tour de France starts for the 1st time from Düsseldorf in Germany.
From Saturday 1st of July to Sunday 23rd of July 2017, the 104th Tour de France includes 21 stages for a total length of 3 521 kilometers.

Stage 1 – (Düsseldorf / Düsseldorf)

More information on:
http://www.letour.fr
https://www.facebook.com/letour
https://twitter.com/letour
https://www.instagram.com/letourdefrance

Official Hashtag: #TDF2017

© Amaury Sport Organisation – http://www.aso.fr

Category: Sports

Licence: Standard YouTube Licence

Winner:

Geraint Thomas (SKY)

Les cyclistes

The top 20 of cyclists at the finish in my virtual cyclists team on Scorito and AD Wielerspel. In Italic and bold the nine cyclists I chose for the day.

My team and their finish…

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Tour de France 2017 | Prologue

Prologue of the Tour de France 2017

Tomorrow start the first stage of the 21 Tour de France stages of 2017! I am looking forward to all the stages and to who will surprise and who will not surprise the crowd this year.

Sadly the Giro winner of this year, the Dutch Tom Dumoulin, is not participating in this years’ Tour de France edition, but maybe he will take part next year and will maybe be the follow-up of Chris Froome.

During these three weeks I will also be reading the autobiography of Chris Froom: ‘The Climb: The Autobiography’. 

Scorito Selection

There is one very popular app where you can select a team of cyclists that will probably score points in the Tour de France 2017. You get a virtual budget of €51.000.000 and every cyclist in the database has a value based on their skills and accomplishments in the last couple of years. You can select twenty cyclists in total for the whole tour and for every stage you select nine of those cyclists of which one is the leader of the day. These are all predictions and you have to make your selection for every stage complete prior to the start of the stage.

The official Tour de France 2017 map

Now you are wondering whom I have chosen to be in my Tour de France team of 2017.

The places from stage to stage

  • Stage 1: Düsseldorf (14 km, 8.7 miles)
  • Stage 2: Düsseldor to Liège (206 km, 128 miles)
  • Stage 3: Verviers to Longwy (202 km, 125.5 miles)
  • Stage 4: Mondorf-les-Bains to Vittel (203 km, 126.1 miles)
  • Stage 5: Vittel to La Planche des Belles Filles (160 km, 99.42 miles)
  • Stage 6: Vesoul to Troyes (216 km, 134.22 miles)
  • Stage 7: Troyes to Nuits-Saint-Georges (214 km, 132.97 miles)
  • Stage 8: Dôle to Station des Rousses (187 km, 116.20 miles)
  • Stage 9: Nantua to Chambéry (181 km, 112.47 miles)
  • Stage 10: Périgeuux to Bergerac (178 km, 110.6 miles)
  • Stage 11: Eymet to Pau (202 km, 125.5 miles)
  • Stage 12: Pau to Peyragudes (214 km, 132.97 miles)
  • Stage 13: Saint-Girons to Foix (100 km, 62.14 miles)
  • Stage 14: Blagnac to Rodez (181 km, 112.47 miles)
  • Stage 15: Laissac-Sévérac l’Église to Le Puy-en-Velay (189 km, 117.44 miles)
  • Stage 16: Le Puy-en-Velay to Romans-sur-Isère (165 km, 102.5 miles)
  • Stage 17: La Mure to Serre-Chevalier (183 km, 113.7 miles)
  • Stage 18: Briançon to Izoard (178 km, 110.6 miles)
  • Stage 19: Embrun to Salon-de-Provence (220 km, 136.7 miles)
  • Stage 20: Marseille (23 km, 14.29 miles)
  • Stage 21: Montgeron to Paris Champs-Élysées (105 km, 65.24)

The twenty cyclists

The cyclists I chose are sorted by team

  • Richie Porte (Team BMC)
  • Peter Sagan (Team BORA)
  • Rafal Majka (Team BORA)
  • Mark Cavendish (Team Dimension Data)
  • Serge Pauwels (Team Dimension Data)
  • Alexander Kristoff (Team Katusha)
  • Rick Zabel (Team Katusha)
  • Maurits Lammertink (Team Katusha)
  • André Greipel (Team Lotto)
  • Dylan Groenewegen (Team LottoNL)
  • Robert Gesink (Team LottoNL)
  • Alejandro Valverde (Team Movistar)
  • Simon Yates (Team Orica)
  • Marcel Kittel (Team Quick-Step)
  • Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)
  • Laurens ten Dam (Team Sunweb)
  • Chris Froome (Team Sky)
  • Luke Rowe (Team Sky)
  • Bauke Mollema (Team Trek)
  • Fabio Felline (Team Trek)

Who is gonna win the Tour de France 2017 do you think?

Greetings by Sophie

YouTube | BBC Earth | Hydroplaning dolphins

Today I discovered the nice YouTube channel of BBC Earth and BBC Earth Unplugged.

The summer is officially starting tomorrow and the past couple of days have had already high temperatures.

A little bit of a cooling beach video: hydroplaning dolphins near the coast of Australia.

I had never heard of hydroplaning before but these dolphins explain you without talking exactly what it is! Are you curious?

YouTube Description

Hydroplaning Dolphins – Planet Earth – BBC Earth | 164,910 views | Likes 2K | Dislikes 33 |

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Published on 2 May 2017
These remarkable Dolphins in Western Australia display incredible ingenuity when hunting for fish in the shallows.
With little room for error, it would appear fortune does indeed favour the brave.
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Have you ever seen a dolphin in the wild?

Enjoy watching the video!

Greetings by Sophie

Pinterest | Top Five Today | Watches – Special Design

At Pinterest I collect many inspirations, photographs, quotes and stuff. Divided into over more than one hundred categories in a logical order, I try to keep it simple and organised all I collect.

Seiko – Quarts Sapphire. The 7N82 version. Productname: SXDG64P1 From Seiko.nl

The choice for the Top Five Today subject: ‘Watches – Special Design’

For my 23rd birthday back in November 2015, I bought a watch from all the money gifts I received. I chose a Seiko quartz watch that is mostly silver and has a golden accents. This is how it looks like:

Lots of people have a sports watch and I would love to have one too for when I am sporting, but my daily and/or classic chic watch is this one.

And when I started with my Pinterest boards, one of the first boards was the board: ‘FASHION | Watches’, shortly just ‘Watches’ . Yes as you see I categorise everything there. Therefore today the top five of watches I like that have a special design and do not always look like a daily watch anymore. My watch would fit in the category of ‘silver’ or ‘golden accents’. So expect something different from the watches you will see below.

What kind of watch do you wear? Or is your favorite?

Additional explanation for the title of my blog post:
Pinterest (the main focus) | Top Five Today (the kind of structure (lists)) | Watches (the board) – Special Design (theme from the board)
And just my five favorites in style with and as close as possible to the theme without particular order.
When a cake is blue but has a ship as well, it is probably more suitable for a nautical theme.

Top Five Today

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The School Investigation – Maarten Brand

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My book review of “The School Investigation” [EN] / “Het Schoolonderzoek” [NL] written by Maarten Brand

In my view…

This book is written in a classic setting. A senior police officer and a young policeman are working together on a recent case. The difference with this book and other detectives I have read is though, that this story takes place in a setting of a high school with special attention for children who are in need of that. More or less it is quite the classic version but it touches because it has a lot to do with children. Halfway the book I discovered that I could guess who was guilty of the crime that was committed. Towards the end I thought I had to change my suspected criminal. But the plot twist…well I still do not know what to think of that. It did and it did not surprise me.

Writing style / spelling

In the book I have found a few minor spelling mistakes but overall it was oke written. The book is in the category of fiction for adults but in my opinion it also really suits for young adults. The sentences are short and therefore the book reads quick and the events follow each other up quickly. Overall it is oke.

Main characters

There are many characters in the book. The main character is police officer Job Kramer and his colleague Pascal van Deursen. Other names that occur in the book are Kars van Ewijk, Marnix Chavez, Ivo Chavez, Pieter Hansen, Bas Hansen, Lize Hansen, Floris van Trigt, Reimer, Andrei Stoppelbergen, Stef de Langeboom, Tineke van Sprangen, Natasja van de Weert, Boaz Golstyn, Fred Breur, Arie, Xander, Mathijs, Güniz, Lizzy, Kim and Mariët.

I hope you like the book too. It is oke to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

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