Drive-By Posting

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I’ve been a bad blogger, not even updating the calendar of events. But everyone gets into a funk every now and then and hopefully I’ll work up the energy to post some interesting stuff in the next few days. In the meantime, here’s a bullet list of random interesting things and events and a picture of some new wall/door art I noticed.

  • Coming Out Day 2012 is held on 11 October and Utrecht will be one of 36 municipalities flying the rainbow flag. The goal is to promote safety and acceptance for the 20,000 GLBT residents of Utrecht.
  • Also on 11 October, Utrecht’s new Information Center will be opening on the Domplein with Nijntje/Miffy opening the center. The t-shirt chosen from the numerous entrants in the Big T-shirt Contest will also be on display.
  • The Impakt Festival is also starting on 11 October. This is a five-day multi-discipline festival focusing on media art.
  • And now for something completely different that is already out … BlogExpat.com kindly invited me to participate in their expat interview series and it’s out now. In it, I ramble on various topics and show why it is important to always have someone else proof your own work no matter how good you are at proofing the work of others.

Ranting. You’re Doing It Wrong.

I’ve been in a bit of a funk this past week. The weather probably isn’t helping. Regardless, this all means I’m not in the best of moods. So when I saw yet another article going on and on about Amsterdam — ignoring all of the other cities in the country — I started ranting and left a comment on the article.

Before you think too badly of me, read my rant:

And when you’re tired of all the tourists in Amsterdam, take a 25-minute train ride down to Utrecht and enjoy shopping, sightseeing and drinks along the Oudegracht and its wharves. See the tallest bell tower in the Netherlands, the Domtoren. View the best example of Gothic architecture in the country, the St. Maarten Cathedral, which is still in use, but was partially destroyed in a storm in the 1600s. Go see the Rietveld-Schröder House, designed by Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld, following the principles of De Stijl (think Mondrian). Enjoy a beautiful city that is smaller and more easily viewed on foot or bike, without the huge crowds. Stay late or overnight and take a walking tour through the city in the evening to see the different light displays that are part of the Trajectum Lumen exhibit all over the city.

Yeah, I don’t think I’ve quite got the hang of Internet ranting. 😉 On the other hand, the Utrechts Uitburo (tourist office) should totally hire me!