Local Heart, Global Soul

March 24, 2016

A Seat That Is A Life Saver Whilst You Wait…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Rotterdam’s  Historic Tram 10 brings us back to our starting point:  The Willemsplein  opposite the Rotterdam Cruise terminal on the Nieuwe Maas River. Looking around I find yet another quirky find: a seating area made out of piles of life jackets. This is the waiting area for passengers who have signed up to a tour on the river… and I think that it is a most appropriate way to recycle one thing into another.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Rotterdam’s Historic Tram 10

March 11, 2016

Two Wheels That Take You Straight Back To Your Inner Child…

The next thing to catch our attention on the waterfront in Rotterdam are these (I think colleagues, on a teambuilding exercise) They are having a lesson in how to manoeuvre their adult sized scooters (In Dutch they are called a “Step”) before setting out … I assume for a tour of the city. One man comes close to where we are waiting and I ask if I can get a close-up photograph. He is happy to oblige. I hope they had fun on these cool machines…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Oops, I appear to have accidently increased the font and photo size. I am working on getting it back to the old size a.s.a.p.

 

February 28, 2016

A Hen Party Provides An Exuberant End To A Delightful Day…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

When leaving Amsterdam’s former gasworks after our Pacificus visit in the summer of 2015,  I found myself alone by the entrance bridge whilst Himself went off to bring the car closer so that I would not have to walk too far.

I was delighted to suddenly see a group of young women arrive, clearly a “Hen party” with the bride marked out in white and her “Hens” all dressed in black tops and pink tutu type shirts.

They were an  exuberant bunch and when I motioned to them with my camera to sign that I would also like to take photographs of them I got a thumbs up, so proceeded to follow the action as the events unfolded.

There was a boat on the canal as the ladies posed on the bridge and it was clear that one or more people on the boat were also taking photographs.

It was unclear from my vantage point if these photographers were happened to be passing visitors like myself or if they were part of the Hen’s party, but there was a lot of laughter going on, so either way they were having fun. Since I was standing still leaning on my crutches, the bride decided to come to me for a some follow-up shots. Of course there was no opportunity to get her name, but if she should ever see these photographs she is most welcome to contact me should she want the larger definition shots for her wedding album. I wished her many good wishes on her marriage and then, as quickly as they appeared they were gone…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 15, 2016

A Delivery Vehicle That Won’t Be Forgotten In A Hurry…

Regular readers of my posts will know that I love quirky things. Today’s offering comes from the former gasworks in Amsterdam, which we visited in the summer of 2015. Whilst waiting for himself to park the car, another vehicle caught my eye: a three-wheeled van that has been made into a local pizza restaurant’s business vehicle. Himself also laughed when he saw it, and it just goes to show: if you want to make the name of your business more memorable, you could do worse than driving a very memorable vehicle!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

October 29, 2015

A Sign Of The Times?

Often the most unusual things can be seen on normal days, whilst out and about doing plain, ordinary everyday things. I had to go to get a blood test done and on the way home spied this quirky little vehicle, that is a mobile advertising board. I giggled out loud, what’s not to like?! … Enjoy!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

May 26, 2015

RaboBank Is Downsizing: …Or Shrinking ?

Filed under: Borkel en Schaft,Funny,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Borkel en Schaft is a tiny Dutch village and their tiny Dutch bank stopped us in our tracks. It’s the smallest bank I have ever seen and is basically an ATM machine enclosed in a building smaller than the average garden shed. The roof, offering protection from the rain as customers take out, or deposit their money seems massive when compared with the size of the building. We found this a funny, quirky, but completely functional building…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

May 24, 2015

At Least You Know Who You Have To Ring To Put Out The Fire!

Filed under: Funny,PHOTOGRAPHY,THE NETHERLANDS — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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Regular readers will know that I’m a Foodie so this post won’t come as a surprise. We were at the “112 Day” last summer when we all stopped and laughed at this stall. They were selling chili sauce and the label reads: “112 Saus …Gevaarlijk Lekker!” (112 Sauce, dangerously delicious!) “112” being the telephone number that you need to ring when you need one of the emergency services in the Netherlands. We didn’t buy any but we loved the humour, and at least you know who to ring to put out the fire!

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 17, 2015

The Illusion Of Magic, Is Completely Magical…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Street magic, street performers and buskers are now a commonplace sight in the centre of many European cities.

Most often it’s the scenario of a musician playing drums/  keyboard / guitar / violin / or whatever instrument,  with a hat or the musical instrument’s case out the front for the  passing public to throw some coins into as a mark of their appreciation.

The quality of the music produced usually ranges from one end of the musical scale to the other, with some musicians able to stop you in your tracks and bewitch you with their talent, they amaze you with music or voice that is better deserving of a world stage rather than any ordinary  street corner, but on the other extreme I’ve also seen some small children slowly scratch out musical scales or a simple piece  and it sounded like a slow motion musical murder.

Small children I applaud and donate, no matter how bad because I deeply admire their courage to stand up and preform in public, especially when adults walk past ignoring them, that takes a special kind of fortitude.

I have however seen a disappointing trend where some adults, in a particularly wretched state of dress and disposition stand and hum, or make a few incoherent notes that in no way resembles “music”  and then shake a hat under your nose and expect payment.

These “buskers” always look particularly dishevelled and desperate and I’m under no illusions that any cash gained ends up fuelling an addiction of one sort or another.

There has also been a rise in performers who coat themselves in gold or silver (grey?) face paint, don a matching gold or silver (grey?) outfit and pretend to be statues by standing as still as possible.

Sudden moves on occasion scares one member of the public and entertains others and thus the coins roll into the hat. And then there are the “illusionists”… they never, never ever let the public see them set up their gig, there is always a large screen of cloth handy to hide the “tools of the trade” and once the drapery is removed the “illusion” is revealed.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

This one involves one man seated on the ground upon a “magic carpet” which usually has a metal “base” hidden below it.  The man seated on the ground is the “counterweight” for the gent sitting above him.

There is a hidden metal pole that runs along  the seated man’s arm, then the gent at the top sits on a hidden seat, hidden of course under his conveniently baggy clothes.

Our kids, unaware of course of the simple trickery, are suitably impressed and looking at their innocent faces you can almost see their brains ticking over trying to work out how on earth what they are seeing is possible.

Since taking a photograph more or less necessitates making a donation, I give a kids a coin each to put into the small bucket close by.

Long afterwards when sorting the photographs the thought struck me that without an additional accomplice at hand, in theory anyone could steal the bucket and run off with it because the seated gentleman can’t get up quickly to give chase without toppling the friend above , and the gent above can’t get out of his contraption of hidden metal and long robes very quickly to spring off and give chase.

Luckily Family Kiwidutch are honest souls and would never contemplate stealing from anyone.

I have no idea roughly how much these street illusionists might earn, I suppose it depends on the season, which street corner they are on, the time of day, the weather and many other variables.

They give the illusion of being real magic and for some folks like my children, that’s the most magical thing of all.

February 15, 2015

A Udderly Unique Experience, And Very Wurst While…

Quirky stuff floats my boat, so naturally I first did a double take when I saw this in Frankfurt, Germany…  … and then I made certain that I got some photographs. “Wurst” is the German word for “sausage” and they are not just a favourite dinner item, but a popular snack too. In the outside seating area of one of the Frankfurt café / restaurants we passed, I spotted first the giant wurst, and then the excellent contraption for adding the all important sauce.  I like that the dispenser is udder-like and squeezed in a similar way in order to dispense the contents. An udderly unique experience…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

February 8, 2015

You Think There Might Be Beliebers In Biberberg?

Filed under: Funny,GERMANY,Ichenhausen,PHOTOGRAPHY — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

Before I take you on a tour of Frankfurt, there is a post that I  forgot to put in earlier, and which my kids in particular found particularly funny.

One of the small villages in the area around Legoland Deutschland and the small village of Ichenhausen,  is called “Biberberg” and naturally the sight of the town’s sign post produced an outburst of giggles from Little Mr and Kiwi Daughter because it looked similar to the name of the teen pop idol singer Justin Bieber.

Neither of my children are fans of Bieber (and I’m quite pleased about that because personally with all of his drug taking and wild antics on both sides of the law, I don’t find him to be a particularly good role model for young kids).

The conversation, punctuated with lots of giggles, involved  wanting to know if the inhabitants of Biberberg might be called  “Beliebers”.  For  those folks not in the know,   “Beliebers”  is the nickname given to the fans of Justin Bieber.

Either way, even if there are no fans of Justin Bieber in this village, at least the name of their home town gave us big smiles and a lot of giggles.

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

 

 

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