Events, Travel

Christmas Tree 2016

Just because I love Christmas and the Christmas Tree.

I am not living in a huge house where a huge four floors high Christmas Tree would fit.

So I photographed this one in the morning in ‘De Bijenkorf’ in The Hague, The Netherlands.

I love the blue Christmas lights, the blue sparkling around the beautiful dark green of a spar.

How does your Christmas Tree looks like this year? Or Christmas lights?

Greetings by Sophie

Art, Travel

The city Rotterdam in four seasons

This weekend I discovered this beautiful video about Rotterdam, shown in all four seasons throughout the past year.

It is a video shot in a time- and hyperlapse by Koen Samson.

Have you visited Rotterdam in one of the four seasons?

Vimeo description:

Rotterdam in four seasons

from koen samson | 1 week ago

A year in the city of Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Four seasons in time- and hyperlapse.

First I did Part one *Autumn* here:, then **Winter** here: after that ***Spring*** here: and ****Summer****:
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Shot with GH4 and lumix lenses

Enjoy the video!

Greetings by Sophie

Animals, Events, Travel

Tyrannosaurus Rex in Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Hello Trix! The queen of the Tyrannosaurus Rex

The Tyrannosaurus Rex is finally in The Netherlands! In Naturalis Biodiversity Center – shortly known as Naturalis – in Leiden. Last week I have visited this special exhibition named ‘T. Rex in Town’. And shortly we call the dinosaur Trix.

The project

It all started back in 2012 when the director of Naturalis Edwin van Huis said: “We should really have a T. rex.”. The project started wit researchers from Naturalis traveling through the United States. Looking for a T. rex. A skeleton was found in Montana in September 2013 and the project became bigger, the bones were carefully excavated and prepared by making plaster molds and packed them carefully into big wooden crates. Every piece had its own crate, specification, number, place and live tracks.

Nearly three years later on a friday, August 26th, the T. rex arrived in Leiden. And accompanied by the police colonne, the paleontologist Anne Schulp and biologist Freek Vonk; Trix arrived at Naturalis. The queen of the dinosaurs with a length that reaches 12 metres, the scale who shows the dinosaur weighed 6000 kilos at least, you can now visit in Naturalis!

Read on…

The Exhibition

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Travel, YouTube

Google Trips App

Traveling is nice and everybody has a bit of wanderlust!

‘Google Trips’ versus ‘Google MyMaps’

Last week Google introduced ‘Google Trips’. A sytem/application that hold every part of information for you holiday together, offline, in one application.

For my holiday in Vienna I used ‘Google MyMaps / Plan’ to make my own map of placed I wanted to visit and my family could follow where I would probably be on a day. Or where all those cultural sites are and the interesting things I wanted to visit. Offline only visible by printing your custom made map.

The ‘Google Trips’ application is even way better than just a map. You have all the information such as booking, phone numbers of the place, opening hours and so on…available in one place and offline available. I am wondering how big (in MB) the application will be. How much data, usage space and so on it will use when you have planned a trip. Or does your phone not have enough memory space…

YouTube Video:

YouTube Description:

Uploaded on 15 Sep 2016

Meet Google Trips. It’s designed to give you everything you need to have the best vacation, right at your fingertips. Fill each day of your trip with fun activities you love without all the work. Go with Google Trips, available now on Android ( and iOS (

Enjoy watching the video!

Greetings by Sophie

Lifestyle, Travel

Vienna at First Sight

Topics: monday afternoon – wien mitte – karlsplatz – oper
Monday afternoon

This morning I left my hometown to spend a week in Vienna as a young student tourist. My thoughts about this morning you can read in my previous blog post –> Travel in Vienna.

My flight was pleasant, some turbulence high above in the clouds but the landing itself was perfect. And I have finished the first chapter of my holiday book: ‘Labyrinth’ written by Kate Mosse. As soon as I left the tunnel from the airplane to the airport I was surprised by the beauty an airport can look like. Glass darkened walls but such a modern look. After a long straightforward walk and up and downstairs switches I arrived at the baggage claim and received my luggage. Now it was time to travel to the city center of Vienna itself and find my hotel.

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Lifestyle, Travel

Travel in Vienna

Monday morning

Today I am flying to Vienna to have a week full of culture, animals – yes the famous panda’s of Tiergarten Schönbrunn (Zoo Vienna), music such as the famous classical composers like Mozart but the Jazz category as well, architecture and technology. Or at least I try to find some jazz.

This whole week I will write about everything I experience, if I can keep up with all the writing but I’ll try. I intend to visit with the Vienna Pass an activity amount of 30+, maybe around 35. I was interested in at least 40 so choices have to be made later this week what to do and what to skip.

The Sachertorte is one I can’t ignore and will definitely try. And I will see how average my German still is after several years of my last German lesson in college as a junior. I am also one day visiting the United Nations Head Office that is located in Vienna.

I am ready to go and my plane is waiting. Vienna here I come!

Have you ever been to Vienna?

Greetings by Sophie

Culture, Travel

Delft in a short visit

Last friday I have been on a short trip to Delft, an old city nearby Rotterdam. College had finished early that day so I decided to travel a bit. Go out of town and do something cultural. I had not seen the new renovated/builded train station of Delft Centraal yet so this was a nice combination too.

The tour

This is the municipality of Delft located at the market square

When I arrived in Delft I walked from the central station to the city center. I loved walking again along the canals. Something you barely have in Rotterdam, but in cities I love too such as Gouda my hometown, you find those everywhere in the old town center.

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Events, Travel

The Stairs of Rotterdam

Today at the end of my exam week, I did some cultural discovery in my hometown Rotterdam. I have climbed the stairs! It takes 140 steps on the partly wooden staircase to reach the top of the ‘Groothandels Gebouw’. A famous old gigantic trade building where during the reconstruction of Rotterdam, much trade occurred.

And this is the picture I took today from the rooftop of this gigantic building. You see on the left the famous Erasmus bridge .In the middle west part of the city center with its changing architectures and in the distance the southern cultural part of Rotterdam. On the right you see the gigantic hospital Erasmus Medical Center, also shortly known as Erasmus MC.

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Sports, Travel, YouTube

Underwater Flight – Introducing the Subwing Honeycomb

A new way to swim, to dive, to enjoy the oceans. I discovered this video by accident when I was writing a social media report last evening for an elective course at the university. I am so curious how something like this to experience really feels like.  In a few weeks the summer begins. I live in The Netherlands and we do not have those blue bright ocean places and warm climate overall. Time to make some holiday goals. Maybe a graduation goal after I finished my study. Would be an amazing experience I guess.

Have you experienced this new way of swimming with a board?

Enjoy watching the video!

Greetings by Sophie

Books, Travel

The Empty City – Simone van der Vlugt

Cover from

My book review of “De Lege Stad [NL] / The Empty City [EN]” written by Simone van der Vlugt

In my view…

This is another historical novel written by Simone van der Vlugt. But this time the history is a bit closer. The story takes place just before, during and shortly after the World War II. It is all focused on a woman living in Rotterdam with her family and friends. This town, Rotterdam, the city where I live now, 70 years later after the end of the war. The city has still its antebellum characteristics. Which makes this books beautiful because it is really good imaginable how the people lived through those hard years.

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