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Column | LinkedIn-titulatuur

This blog is a guestblog in Dutch to exchange ideas and expertises with my colleague writers of the minor Crossmedia Journalism at the Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences.
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Het is de zoveelste zonnige herfstwinterdag. Mensen lopen voorbij met halfopen jassen, een zonnebril voor het gezicht en een outfit bestaande uit een chic shirtje, een spijkerbroek en een paar stappers. Het is een zondag waar iedereen rond lunchtijd even een luchtje gaat scheppen. Waar het normaal wel redelijk makkelijk is om tijdens de lunchtijd op maandag te kijken welke voorbijgangers misschien een titel voor of achter hun naam hebben. Als ik dan wil checken of een titel klopt, dan moet ik eerst al met de juiste aanspreekvorm beginnen. Zondag is zo’n dag dat dit spelletje van titels gokken het moeilijkste is.

Sophie van den Akker – 18 november 2018

Op een maandag in de rechtbank herken je zo de advocaat. Een ‘mr.’ – of moet ik zeggen ‘meester’ – in de rechten met een beschermde beroepsnaam. Maar de aanspreektitel voor een meester in de rechten is ook weer niet direct duidelijk of alom bekend. Vraag tien mensen om je heen naar de aanspreektitel voor een advocaat en negen weten het niet, de tiende twijfelt. Wat moet je dan?

Dit is nog maar een voorbeeld van het topje van de reuze ijsberg aan titels. Als twintiger die nog bezig is met het behalen van haar titel ‘BSc. Informatica’. Generaties boven mij hebben een groot variété aan titulatuur. Haal je een WO-bachelor dan heb je een ‘Bachelor of Arts’ of ‘Bachelor of Science’ op zak. Een duidelijke aanduiding van “Hé! Die heeft de basis van de uni, universiteit, afgerond.”. Zo wordt dat genoemd in de volksmond, ‘de uni’.

Als ik uitleg welke studie ik eindelijk aan het afronden ben, vragen ze ook aan welke universiteit ik studeer en of dat misschien die Technische Universiteit Delft is. Het kost me tien Engelstalige zinnen om uit te leggen dat dit niet het geval is en dat ik studeer aan de Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. ‘Applied Sciences’… Ja, Nederland met te veel subcategorieën in studiegradaties en de bijbehorende titulatuur, dat leg ik dan maar niet meer uit. Ik laat het voor wat het is.

Welke titel ik straks trots mag schrijven op mijn Curriculum Vitae en mijn gedigitaliseerde versie, genaamd het LinkedIn profiel? ‘B.Sc’ komt er dan voor mijn naam te staan. Een Bachelor of Science in Informatica titel die ervoor zorgt dat ik dan sinds dat moment, aangeschreven dien te worden met ‘Mevrouw’.

Nou nou, geen haan die daarnaar kraait. Op LinkedIn wordt je als vrouw in de techniek ‘even gauw’ gebombardeerd met baanaanbiedingen, stageplaatsen of dat je misschien even een beetje van je kennis wilt delen over een kop koffie. Echt? Ik scroll door de waslijst aan berichten en heb al drie weken lang niemand meer geantwoord. Moet ik ook elke keer hetzelfde verhaal houden met dat ik op dit moment gewoon helemaal geen behoefte heb aan een andere baan naast mijn studie en dat ik vooral eerst mijn studie af wil maken voordat ik ook maar enigszins geïnteresseerd ben. Spontane projecten genoeg zoals het schrijven van dit magazine.

Een goed idee zou ik het wel vinden als iedereen die LinkedIn-titulatuur doorheeft, en dan bedoel ik natuurlijk met name mijn spammers, “Hoe het eigenlijk heurt”. Het spelletje titels raden is zo makkelijk nog niet, maar is ook iets wat tegenwoordig door de vingers gezien wordt. Mensen die ouder zijn dan ik spreek ik altijd aan met ‘u’ – tenzij we, inschattend, nog geen vijf jaar verschillen. Maar die nette aanspreekvorm moet ik negen van de tien keer afleren. En dan nog verbeteren mensen me weleens drie keer omdat het er zo ingebakken zit. Anders voelen mensen zich te oud terwijl ik het gebruik met de bedoeling een signaal af te geven van respect en waardering.

De titulatuur waarmee je aanschrijft is echter nog van de oude stempel. Dat vernieuwd niet zo gauw en is nog best ouderwets. Tenzij je altijd ‘jij’ en ‘je’ accepteert in alle recruitersmailtjes. Een mail naar een advocaat zou volgens de juiste aanschrijfvorm moeten beginnen met “Weledelgestrenge heer”. Maar wie bedenkt dat nu, als er alleen maar als aanwijzing ‘mr.’ voor je naam staat op LinkedIn. Hebben deze onderwezen titels nog meer waarde of functies behalve dat ze vermeld staan op je diploma en het neerplompen op al je soorten Curriculum Vitae’s en naamsvermeldingen?

Weinigen in het buitenland die dat Hollandse stelsel begrijpen, hoe hoog je onderwezen graad nou daadwerkelijk is. Bij elke sollicitatie zal je jezelf echt keer op keer op niveau moeten bewijzen. En het heeft ook geen functie voor je paspoort want dat zou het aantal toegestane karakters al gauw overschrijden. Dus wat moeten we er functioneel mee? De adellijke titels worden in Nederland niet meer toegekend maar hier zijn genoeg onderwezen titels voor in de plaats gekomen. Hoe moeilijker je titel te behalen is, hoe hoger je salaris zal zijn. En de weg er naartoe is ook niet makkelijk. Meer mensen behalen meer en meer titels en de namen die op LinkedIn komen worden alleen maar ingewikkelder.

Moet de etiquette weer aangeleerd worden in het onderwijs? Willen we die titels niet als nietsnut op een blaadje laten staan. De aanschrijfvorm onthouden weinigen nog en de aanspreekvorm wordt al gauw gedegradeerd tot gewoon ‘jij’ en ‘je’. Maar het is ergens ook wel makkelijk. Ik zit al een tijdje op een bankje in het park voor me uit starend en m’n telefoon geopend op de LinkedIn berichten. Een bericht dat begint met ‘Hi Sander, …’. Auch, zo makkelijk een ‘copy-paste’ methode toepassen op je recruiter berichten. Als je met je spammende LinkedIn berichtje door mij straks serieus genomen wilt worden; spreek me dan tenminste aan met de juiste naam en titulatuur. Daar dient die graad nog wel voor.

 

Culture · Events · Pinterest

Halloween 2018

Halloween is celebrated tonight and is an annual holiday with its origin in the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The festival where people would light bonfires and wear costumes to chase away ghosts. Back in the time of the Celts it was celebrated on the 1st of November. Nowadays, since the eighth century, the 1st of November is All Saints Day. Introduced by Pope Gregory III.

A couple of inspirational ideas how to dress up for a festivity, what to have for foods and drinks or watch a film or series.

Pinterest

The Pinterest Halloween inspiration boards:

From Sophie’s Blog: (section Halloween)

From Sophie herself (too):

Netflix Films – Family Friendly:

  • A Witches’ Ball (2017)
  • All Hallow’s Eve (2016)
  • Casper (1995)
  • Ghost Patrol (2016)
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Netflix films:

  • Errementari (2018)
  • Friday the 13th (2009)
  • Malevolent (2018)
  • Scary Movie (2000)
  • The Cabin in the Woods (2012)
  • The Haunting of Helena (2012)

Netflix series – Family Friendly:

  • Creeped Out (2017 – 1 season)
  • Goosebumps (1995 – 1 season)
  • The Worst Witch (2017 – 2 seasons)

Netflix series:

  • Chilling Adventure’s of Sabrina (2018 – 1 part)
  • Haunted (2018 – 1 season)
  • Scream (2015 – 2 seasons)
  • The Haunting of Hill House (2018 – 1 season)

Do you celebrate Halloween?

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Events · Pinterest

Pinterest | Valentines Day

Tomorrow it is the 14th of February which is also known as ‘Valentines Days’. I hope you all have a lovely day because every day should be a happy lovely day. The most important thing is that you are happy! If you have a special person in your life, celebrate together the happiness. If you have an aminal or a lovely family or friends, think about them too and just share the happiness.

Though this sounds happy and happy and happy, we must not forget that there are also people on their own or alone in the world. Some choose and some don’t choose but it just happens in life now and then. Whatever the reason why it happened and that person will be alone tomorrow – it could be because of war, illness, unfortunate events or just heartbroken – like I said whatever the reason, you can do something. Because the least you can do is to give another person a warm smile.

Will it be while traveling, do some shopping, studying,  working, walking or just meeting people….

Don’t forget to smile tomorrow 🙂

And if you want to add some love:

On this Pinterest board I collect some inspirations and stuff related to Valentines Day or just love.

Pinterest Board | C&E | Valentines Day

My Pinterest profile board:

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.

Enjoy my Pinterest! And have a lovely day tomorrow!

I give you all a smile 🙂

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Events · Lifestyle · Pinterest

Pinterest | Top Five Today | Halloween

Theme

Last night it was Halloween and I collected some pins on my pinterest Halloween board. These 5 are this year my favorites and I will try them one day. How has been your Halloween?

Descriptions for each pin

  1. The Baileys Vampire’s Kiss Shots look lovely and is nice to serve with a coffee in the evening instead of adding Baileys to your coffee.
  2.  A boo-nilla ghost milkshake is lovely for alcohol-free or gluten-free drinkers and for children it looks nice.
  3. An easy and quick lovely greetings decoration and you can change the eyeballs to candle lights for Christmas. Reuse of the decoration
  4. You can decorate your nails too to be in style with a little accent.
  5. This is one of the most original ideas I found: labeling your bottles of drinks with something Halloween or thriller party related names and descriptions of the ‘stuff’.

Top Five Today

My Pinterest profile board:

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.

Enjoy my Pinterest!

Greetings by Sophie

Art · Culture · Events · Pinterest

Happy Halloween 2017

The Halloween history

The origin of Halloween is discussed to be Gaelic with the Samhain festival, a Celtic harvest festival or that it was Christianized as Halloween or was a Christian holiday already for ages separate of the Samhain festival.

What is known is that the word ‘Halloween‘ is from Christian origin and dates back to 1745. It means ‘Holy Evening‘ and in Scottish it even means ‘All Hallows’ Eve‘. Which is the evening before ‘All Hallows’ Day’. The word combination ‘All Hallows’ dates back to the Old English era. The word is officially seen in 1556. Two ages before it was evolved to ‘Halloween’. And now Halloween is known for it’s sweets, decorations, costumes and being a scary related theme. A very creative event.

Sources

  • Online Etymology Dictionary
  • The A to Z of Anglicanism (Colin Buchanan), Scarecrow Press, page 8
  • The Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1989. ISBN 0-19-861186-2
  • dsl.ak.uk

Halloween 2017

In the office we had today some lovely Halloween sweets made by a colleague. And I think she is a really good homebaker. She should maybe one day participate in an edition of the Great British Bake Off. Or similar in Germany.

And of course the internet is exploding with lots of created art, schminks, sweets, decorations and so on. I have collected lots of them on my Pinterest board ‘C&E | Halloween‘. I had a full work day, not a day off like some businesses or some countries as The United States. So I just collected some more pins today and tomorrow you’ll discover my Top Five of Today of Halloween pins.

What have you been doing during Halloween?

My Pinterest board to give you some inspiration:

Enjoy the Halloween!

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Events · Lists

The Halloween List of Books Films and Series

Halloween Night!

Tomorrow it is the 31st of October, it’s Halloween night! If you have a day off or an evening off, here is a seven item list of inspiration of Halloween related / horror related films, series and books. I am not that fond of horror so the lists are quite mild. If I have not seen a film, series or read a book yet, it is mentioned in the lists in Italic.

The Film List

Weeks before Halloween you already see the advertisements on tv about films being aired by a broadcast on Halloween. On IMDb I have selected the films and series I have seen with the genre horror.

Continue reading “The Halloween List of Books Films and Series”

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July 2017 | Life of an IT Student

Hello readers!

This evening a recap of my life in the month of July! The month beheld the last weeks of study before the summer break and it beheld the first days of my holiday in Edinburgh.

As I have written in the previous recap of the month of June 2017, the first weeks of July were pretty stressful. The last exams of the year, the last weeks of a semester project of the year and I called it in short: the last chances of whatever-needed-to-be-finished of the year.

This month – except for my holiday – I have not visited a lot of events. Just let go the stress, enjoy the piece and sunshine in the few days between the last days of study of the year and my holiday.

Now and then I walked to the Cruise Terminal area, Hotel New York and the little park at the point of the pier. Watched the Queen Elizabeth cruiseship leaving the city. Twice this month in fact haha. The first time I just made a bunch of photos also because of the beautiful sunset. I was way too early before the ship left so had a drink from Hotel New York at the pier and waited, just enjoyed the quietness and the breeze at the point. The second time this cruiseship was visiting the city for a day and was leaving again, I made a little video. How lovely to see how many people, families, acquaintances or just interested people wave goodbyes to all the persons on board. With a ‘See you soon again!’ accompanied of course.

Halfway the month I received bookmail as well and reviewed it shortly afterwards. The book is written by Max Rippe and this is the third novel in a series but you can read it as a standalone book too. You can read the full review here –> A Deadly Run-Off – Max Rippe. Have you read this book? What do you think of the story?

Only one week left before my study break would finally start and a little less than two weeks left before I went on holiday. Ooh now the study stress was turning into a holiday excitement.

Right before I went on holiday to Edinburgh, I had to visit the zoo again. Walking through the park and discover the wonderful habits of the animals. On this day I posted on Instagram a film of the littlest of the elephants who started to practice his trumpet skills and played with water on a brightful sunny day.

A few days later I went on holiday to Edinburgh, Scotland. About my experience there you can read in my special blog series about this travel:

How has been your month of July?

Greetings by Sophie

Animals · Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Thursday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – Friday – has been, you can read about it here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – Saturday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Saturday
How my third day – Sunday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Sunday
How my fourth day – Monday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Monday
How my fifth day – Tuesday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Tuesday
How my sixth day – Wednesday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Wednesday

The morning

On Thursday my last full day in Edinburgh started. I had several options left about what to do. Such as visiting the Writer’s Museum which would be really interesting, go to the Surgeon’s Hall museum as well which would be a unique visit I guess. I have never seen a Surgeon’s museum in a European city before. But after an early comprehensive Scottish breakfast – finally! – I decided to go to North Queensferry and visit the ‘Deep Sea World’. The Oceanium part of my complete zoo-visit in and around Edinburgh.

After breakfast I headed to the Waverly train station and bought my retour ticket to North Queensferry. The journey by train would take around twenty minutes and the stations I passed by were Haymarket, South Gyle and Dalmeny before crossing the famous red bridge and arrive in North Queensferry. I headed to the last platform, platform 20, and stepped into the train. It felt luxurious compared to the Dutch second class seats in the trains. Just a local train but it gave me a luxurious feeling. Good seats, a table and nice broad windows for a good view on the beautiful landscape of Scotland.

Departure 10:19 Platform 20 train to Cowdenbeath Copyright photo by Sophie van den Akker

At the end of the morning I arrived at North Queensferry train station. Just two platforms, a bridge to cross the railroad and a nice mosaic mural. I continued my journey by foot to the Deep Sea World. This aquarium zoo is located somewhere down the hill. North Queensferry is quite a steep little village with nice walking routes towards the water and the bottom of the bridges.

 

The afternoon

Right before the afternoon started, I arrived at the Deep Sea World and bought my ticket. Throughout the day there are several activities such as feeding of the fish and sea lions, talks about the animals and so on. It really is an educational addition to your – or children’s – life. Because this is a major visit I will write a special blog post about the Deep Sea World. At the end of my tour I discovered they also offer tours to have a little look behind the scenes and how this little oceanium zoo works.

The Lion’s Fish, yes this one is just chillin’ upside down in its aquarium. Copyright photo by Sophie van den Akker

The tour would start later on the day so I had some free time meanwhile. I decided to walk through the little village and have a lovely little lunch of raisins bread with jam and a cup of hot chocolate – despite the warm weather I just love that – at ‘Café Renkins Deli’. A lovely local café and pâtissier.

 

After finishing my little lunch I headed to the little pier and lighthouse. What a nice and beautiful view! And I think I was lucky that I walked around there while the sun was shining. I am grateful for that. When I stopped halfway the pier and sat for a while, a small family – a grandmother and her son and daughter – arrived with a little bouquet of flowers. They were having a remembrance ceremony, by giving the flowers to the open water, to someone they loved and was not among them anymore – the grandfather. They stood there in silence, while the wind was howling and increasing in power, paying their respect. By having a little chat and not making any photographs nor video nor any mobile phone stuff, I paid my respect with them during the remembrance ceremony.

The pier, partly stone and later on half so small covered with seaweed. Copyright photo by Sophie van den Akker

Afterwards we wished each other a happy and good day and all the best. How wonderful to meet lovely people at a sensitive moment in a small place where you rarely stumble upon such things. Really wonderful and maybe it was a once in a lifetime thing that occurred to me as a tourist, being able to watch and a little bit participate with the remembrance ceremony of locals.

 

The second part of the pier, on my lovely Floris van Bommel, walked on them already 70+ km. Copyright photo by Sophie van den Akker
The famous Forth Bridge Copyright photo by Sophie van den Akker

After my wow-moments at the pier, the remembrance ceremony, the stunning view, the sunshine that lets you smile, the Forth Bridge… I headed back to the Deep Sea World and was ready for the behind the scenes tour. Of course this will be written in the special blog post, but after the whole thing I also visited a special exhibition about the wild life of Scotland. European animals but also some animals you would not expect or did know of and lovely photographs. There was one photograph that amazed me so much: the huge Bass Rock! I had heard that Bass Rock is big, but thát huge? Wow!

Time to head back to Edinburgh after all the wow’s of this little trip and overthinking during my journey by train back to Waverly Station.

 The evening

At the end of the afternoon and right before the evening started, I headed back home from Waverly station; switched my clothes and handbag and headed to the city center again for dinner. There was one place I had not been yet and I would love to try, though it is not that local, the Edinburgh Hard Rock Café. It was my last night so I treated myself with a ‘Magic Mystery Mojito’ cocktail, for dinner a portion of ‘Southwest Spring Rolls’ and the ‘Hickory Barbeque Bacon Burger’, served with seasoned fries and for dessert a ‘Fresh Apple Cobbler’. After all this food and finishing my lovely cocktail, it was really time to go home and pack my stuff.

 

The Southwest Spring rolls in Hard Rock Café Edinburgh and the Mojito Copyright photo by Sophie van den Akker

The last Friday

The day after, on Fridays, I was heading back to The Netherlands and had my flight in the morning around eleven. I was a bit late I thought because I arrived an hour before my flight at the airport and kind of underestimated the rows and bunch of people that were waiting for the security check. And as calm the airport was in the early morning when I arrived one week earlier, how busy it was one week and a few hours later. As if the airport is growing out of its jacket. I arrived safely back at Schiphol Airport, The Netherlands, where my lovely family waited for me and picked me up. Heading really back home. Family weekend it was with sharing lots of stories of our holidays this summer.

Where have you been on holiday this summer?

Goodnight folks!

Oidhche, mhath.

Greetings by Sophie

Animals · Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Wednesday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – Friday – has been, you can read about it here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – Saturday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Saturday
How my third day – Sunday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Sunday
How my fourth day – Monday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Monday
How my fifth day – Tuesday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Tuesday

The morning

The weather predictions were not too good for Wednesday but I started my morning early because there was just one major thing planned for today: the Edinburgh Zoo! Oh I was already looking forward to this moment for days! It plays in fact a big part in the choice of city for my summerholiday citytrip this year. Together with a digital camera, a Manfrotto monopod, a selfiestick, a couple of fully loaded batteries yes when you travel on your own now and then you have to capture yourself in a photo right? And a selfiestick is a nice and safe way to avoid dropping your phone accidently when you are hiking or taking a photograph above deep waters.

I had bought my ticket for the zoo already a few days in advance and had booked a timeslot to visit the Giant Panda’s! Yes it is a timeslot and as a huge Giant Panda fan I do understand why there is a timeslot because space for the zoo visitors to visit their living area is not huge. I prefer of course a Giant Panda visit without a timeslot but it is manageble this way. Every fifteen minutes a talk about the panda’s start as well and you can ask question to the zookeepers or another member of the whole team. 

The afternoon

Right before the afternoon I took the bus to the Edinburgh Zoo. A nice ride of around 30 minutes. The weather was a bit grey cloudy and now and then some raindrops. But as a Dutchie used to periods that contains of ‘raining-all-day’ days, I was content with the situation. Just cloudy with a nice temperature. I will of course write a separate special blog post about the zoo with its 30 ha and over 180 species. They also have something very special beside the Gian’t Pandas I have never seen in other zoos before. Every zoo has it’s own kind of special signature thing.

 The evening

It had rained for half the afternoon but that did not stop me from walking through the zoo. Around closing time I left the zoo and it took some time before I got home. A bit tired of the previous strenuous days and visiting a zoo located on a hill, with a lovely view on Edinburgh when you climb to the top. When I reached home I sat for half an hour, already writing my notes for my blog posts, and changed clothes. The evening had started and I went on my way to the city center. I wanted to try a bar at the Victoria Street and was looking for a different kind of bar. I ended up in an Irish pub version. The Finnegan’s Wake. It was a spacious bar with several sport screens so while having a drink watching a sports game – football. It was a nice way to spend the rest of the early evening. A duo – guitarist and pianist – performed after the match with covers from different pop songs and more locally known songs. When the sunset was complete I had another walk through town back home and the preparations for The Fringe Festival were quite developing so now and then you stumble upon a funny decoration in the city or just beautiful city lights.

This recap has been a short one because the major part was the zoo and I will write a special blog post about that.

Goodnight folks!

Oidhche, mhath.

Greetings by Sophie

Culture · Travel

Edinburgh Tuesday

This blog post is a sequel to the series ‘The Recap of the Day – Edinburgh 2017’.
How my first day – Friday – has been, you can read about it here –> Edinburgh Travel.
How my second day – Saturday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Saturday
How my third day – Sunday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Sunday
How my fourth day – Monday – has been, you can read about it here -> Edinburgh Monday

The morning

On Tuesday morning I woke up early to write for my blog and have a little morning walk. The planning of today: visiting The Royal Yacht Britannia. The ship I have seen in the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. The ship is famous for serving the British Royal Family for decades and has sailed thousands of miles around the world. The morning was not that interesting, just my morning habits before I leave the house.

The afternoon

The afternoon started with the ‘Majestic Bus Tour’ that has a stop at the Ocean Terminal where The Royal Yacht Britannia is docked. The bus tour gave me a nice view of the neighbourhoods next to the harbour. And after I left the bus, I ate my lunch on a bench in front of the Ocean Terminal. I had brought another meal deal with me, a tuna sandwich, a bottle of water and a little bag of apple slices. After lunch I entered the Ocean Terminal which is also a shopping mall. Lovely decorated in a dinosaur theme for kids and it gives some color to the big white venue. On the right part of the site at the second floor, you could enter The Royal Yacht Britannia area. An area that included a big souvenir shop – with really nice stuff for – such as – little presents or stuff for your household. It also included, after entering the entrance by passing a guard and the ticket area, a nice exhibition about the history of the yacht, the royal family and all that they have experienced between 1953 and 1997. Yes, the yacht has served for 44 years! That’s a long time for a royal ship. The exhibition gave you the general knowledge about its history and by entering the ship and visiting all three floors, you had a clear view of how the family and crew lived days, weeks or months on the ship. Incredible. More specifications of course in a special blog post about this royal yacht!

Halfway the afternoon I stepped into the Majestic Tour again for another part of a city tour and I stepped off at the stop at The Palace of Holyroodhouse. This is the palace H.M.S. The Queen Elizabeth II always visits in the first week of July for the famous Garden Party. This is a special occasion where ~600 important Scots are invited to this festivity. I walked through the palace, the adjacent abbey of which sadly only the ruins are left. But beautiful ruins! You can even see it from different directions. From left gate in front of the palace, from Holyrood Park which is next to and behind The Palace of Holyroodhouse, and of course from the royal gardens itself. A wonderful and vision with a little bit of spirit from history attached to the venue. There was also a little special photographic exhibition of the royal family and one of the grand children of H.M.S. The Queen Elizabeth II that married in 2011. Princes Zara Anne Elizabeth Tindall (Philips) married Mike Tindall back in 2011 and they are married here in Edinburgh at Canongate Kirk. At the end of the exhibition it was time for an afternoon cup of tea. The typical English cup of tea. I went to the tea room of The Palace of Holyroodhouse and had a ‘Twinings English Breakfast Tea‘ together with a piece of fruitcake – yes that one they make for the Christmas Cake as well – and a piece of The Palace of Holyroodhouse shortbread. Not that healthy but very local and delicious! At the tea room they sell only local products from all over Scotland.

 The evening

The afternoon came to an end and the tea room was nearly closing. I left the venue and walked on the Royal Mile. Yesterday I visited Edinburgh Castle, located at the other end of the Royal Mile. So today I started at the lowest point of it. Climbing uphill, enjoying the sight of shops and pubs and I get bothered by the little drops of rain. Which quickly turned into a rain shower that lasted for an hour or so. Along my way I passed the Scottish Veterans Residences – they support already for 107 years! Which I highly respect. I was walking wandering around in the Canongate area, walked through a little alley, passed a parking lot and stumbled upon the mural of the backyard of Canongate Kirk. Yes I was at first looking for a shortcut walk to Calton Hill – yes a hill, high, photographic view, just a few paths, have to know how to get there – and I didn’t know nor found a path from my route to the top of Calton Hill. So I turned sort of around and walked back to Canongate. I visited the graveyard at Canongate Kirk and what an impressive view those huge gravestones have. Nearly every important family have/had it’s own ‘tomb’ space on the graveyard.

After the visit to the graveyard I went back to South Bridge where I had been before by bus – Google Map it I would advice because it is an well known bus stop and centrally located. At the corner of the street they have a royal blue cute looking bookshop named ‘Blackwell’s‘. From the inside it is a great bookshop and even see how big it really is when you walk around at the first floor. They have every imaginable category of books and most of them related to study subject as well. And they have, when you step inside and walk to the left area, a complete corner filled with Scottish history, literature, travel, authors, fiction, language, cooking and so on. And yes they sell books for learning the Gaelic language as well. I was amazed by the numerous books they sell. I just discovered – after Google’in – that I maybe can buy ‘The Folk Tales of Scotland: The Well at the World’s End and Other Stories‘ (Hardback) and ship it to The Netherlands – flight kg’s limited and stuff – because the other famous bookshop named ‘Waterstones’ does not sell it online nor ship it. Wow, is it such a limited copy book? I photographed several books I would love to buy and read. But first things first. I have only bought three little study books from publisher O’Reilly about software engineering. My three little kind of dictionaries in those particular languages.

The evening had started and I had nothing special for dinner except the haggis kind of sausage roll. I headed back home, changed my clothes into a bit more casual classy formal and headed back to South Bridge. Because nearby is a famous – you don’t say by looking at the entrance – hidden Jazz bar. Thé Jazz Bar of Edinburgh with free open jam sessions on Tuesday Night. It was lovely! And it is a bar you should visit for at least a drink and listening to live music.

Goodnight folks! Oidhche, mhath.

Greetings by Sophie