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Month: October 2009

Autumn in the New Forest

Autumn in the New Forest

My youngest brother came to see me yesterday! There are direct flights from Amsterdam to Southampton, so it was an easy trip for him. We decided to visit Beaulieu, a village in the New Forest National Park, famous for its National Motor Museum. Beaulieu is of course a very French name, but they pronounce it as “Bjooly”. The museum was quite nice, but the most fun bit was “World of Top Gear”, an exhibition about the popular tv program, showing…

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The Seven Bays of Broadstairs

The Seven Bays of Broadstairs

Last Saturday we picked up a rental car and drove to London. It was actually cheaper than going by train, which is pretty ridiculous! Anyway, we spent the weekend with Paul’s parents, and on Sunday we all went on a trip to Broadstairs. This is a small town between Margate and Ramsgate on the east coast of Kent, surrounded by seven bays with white (chalk) cliffs. We started walking from Botany Bay, the most northerly one. This part of the…

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Southampton

Southampton

After a fun summer with lots of travelling, I was looking forward to coming back to Tromsø and not get on any planes until Christmas… but guess what, we’re in England now! Paul got a very last minute opportunity to analyse the samples from his cruise in a lab in Southampton. And I decided to come along 🙂 We only had a few days to arrange everything, but we managed to find a self catering apartment in a very convenient…

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September in the Netherlands

September in the Netherlands

I spent most of September in the Netherlands with my family. It was nice to be back home for a bit longer than usual! It had been much too long, especially during the last phase of my PhD I hardly had time to go home for longer than a couple of days. Veronika came to visit me on a sunny Saturday, and we spent a fun day catching up and enjoying the weather. We cycled to the beach through the…

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Skiing in October!

Skiing in October!

We had a lot of snow last week. I thought it wouldn’t last, but it did. And so this morning we took the cable car up (which is now going to run all winter instead of closing down until March, yay!) and we went skiing! Up there (at about 400 m) there is a lot of snow (half a metre or so), and it’s quite good, though a bit wet. The weather today was beautiful, with bright sunshine and a…

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Oslo again!

Oslo again!

I visited Oslo for the first time last month (see here) – little did I know I’d be back only a month later! This time with Paul, who hadn’t been to Oslo either. We rented a really nice apartment right next to Vigeland park (Catalina Apartment Hotel in case you’re interested – we can really recommend this place!). Unfortunately we woke up to a very rainy day on Saturday. We walked to the city centre, visiting some of the sights,…

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Back in autumnal Tromsø

Back in autumnal Tromsø

Paul and I both came back to Tromsø last Friday – Paul from the Arctic winter and me from the Dutch Summer… straight into very autumnal weather in Tromsø! We had rain, rain, rain all weekend. Paul really wanted to go for a walk in spite of this, so we put on our waterproofs and braved the weather! The landscape is really beautiful now, with all the trees yellow and the blueberry bushes a bright red. It would be stunning…

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