0713 – Amsterdam

As my sister Clarijalke had problems with her computer and printer, I used my free travel 65+ to go to Amsterdam and solve the problems. First off to CoolBlue with a set of 63/302 cartridges, which not matched with her wifi printer HP4525. The CoolBlue people acknowledged, that the delivery should have been 302/302 cartridges. Having bought that set, we went one floor below to choose a new laptop.  The model was not on stock and will be delivered next Monday.

At home I called HP office abought the wrong delivery. CoolBlue had instructed us NOT to open the new bought cartridges before having spoken to HP. With a lot of efforts I got the following explanation: 63/302 were a new XL version of the 302/302 ones. As only the black cartridge printed a testpage, they promised to send a new colour 63/302.









After that there was a lot of free time left, as there was  no computer to be installed. So my sister proposed to take a stroll in unknown parts of Amsterdam. We went to a former animal shelter annex animal graveyard, presently a beer brewery “Cats and Dogs”.

And I know she is very good in it. As there was a huge rainstorm passing over, we went back by bus and had dinner at the Italian restaurant Libero.

0649 – Canada

Memory, a short play (two person) featuring David Belrose and Gloria Dowton. Part of ten plays presented at the annual 10 x 10 showcase Magnus Theatre in Thunder Bay. Three performances of the plays over two days April 12 & 13 2019. Story revolves around a long married couple and the humour and drama in issues with regards to remembering things.

Photo by courtesy of Marty Mascarin.

David Belrose is the partner of Brian Holden. I know them since 1999. They were the first house guests we had when we moved to Nijmegen, back in September 2003. Pierre moved Friday 12, I moved Monday 15, and Brian and David were picked up at Amsterdam Airport Wednesday 17. Apart from visiting Dutch highlights, we had a house in Bruges (Belgium). From Belgium the two Canadians visited Paris, and returned to Nijmegen.

Amsterdam, 20 September 2003, after an exhausting “touristic” day: dinner at our favourite Mexican restaurant; from left to right: David Belrose, Brian Holden, Pierre Bormans and Luke Barkhuis.

0615 – Amsterdam

Friday, 01 March 2019: birthday dinner at Ristorante Italiano “Libero”, with our neighbors Peter and Marie from Nijmegen, my sisters Clarijalke and Ninouchka Barkhuis from Amsterdam, my friend Bart de Boer from Amsterdam, Pierre and yours truly.

0607 – Amsterdam

Amsterdam (world: 17)

High scores on culture and environment shouldn’t come as a surprise with Amsterdam. The city of canals, barges, flowers and free-thinking is a perennial favorite when it comes to living and visiting. There are enough museums, from Anne Frank to Van Gough, from the Rijksmuseum to Rembrandt’s house, the Science Centre to the Museum of Bags and Purses for you to never see the light of day, but that would be a shame. Mix it up and enjoy a trip on the canals in a brunch boat, shop at the Albert Cuyp Market and the flower market. But most importantly, hire a bike and do as the locals do: go and explore the parks, along the canals, and outside of Amsterdam in this, probably the flattest country in the world.


2018/01/26 – Travel (partly) for free, Thalys high speed train to Brussels

by intercity train from Nimwegen  CS to Amsterdam Amstel station

visiting my sister; by tramway to Amsterdam CS

by Thalys to Schiphol-Rotterdam-Antwerp-Brussels South station

by Thalys to Antwerp-Rotterdam-Schiphol-Amsterdam CS

by intercity train from Amsterdam CS to Nimwegen CS.

0279 – Amsterdam


  1. TITUS:  When Berenice (4) has left him, Titus wants to marry Servillia (5), the sister of his best friend Sextus (3). But Servillia (5) has told him that she loves Annius (6). He then chooses Vitellia (2). He later forgives Servillia (5) her complicity to the attempt assassination on his life. He grants clemency to his best friend Sextus (3) for the attack on his life.
  2. VITELLIA: premiditates with Sextus (3) a plan to kill Titus (1).
  3. SEXTUS: is in love with Vitellia (2)
  4. BERENICE: is sent away by Titus (1) after the failure of the love affair.
  5. SERVILLIA: is the sister of Sextus (3) and is in love with Annius (6).
  6. ANNIUS: signs Sextus (3) in, that the murder attack on Titus (1) has failed.
  7. PUBLIUS: the captain of the Praetorian Guard arrests Sextus (3) because of the attempted murder attack on Titus (1).


Cappella Amsterdam © Ronald Knapp

Anders Dahlin © nc

Kenneth Montgomery – conductor, Cappella Amsterdam, Anders Dahlin – tenor, Titus, Paula Murrihy – mezzo-soprano, Sesto, Deirdre Angenent – soprano, Vitellia, Laetitia Gerards – soprano, Servilia, Rosanne van Sandwijk – mezzo-soprano, Annio, Henk Neven – baritone, Publio

0278 – Amsterdam

Amsterdam – Restaurant Bouf

Very near the Concertgebouw is the restaurant Bouf. They serve a Concertgebouw dinner: starter and main course after your choice, and coffee, for the fixed price of €32.50 / £29.20 (wine not included).

For my sister: duck breast

For me: goat cheese

For my sister: Black Angus Beef

For me: Calf steak.

0266 – Amsterdam