On the Road and In Your Backyard

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It is Friday, so thankfully we have otmar!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone, see you next week!



Today, pictures from valued commenter otmar.

I’m currently spending my yearly week in the Hague: attending two conferences and meeting a lot of people in my profession.

Given today’s (Oct 4th) news, it was a bit spooky that I walked past the OPWC building twice two days ago and had a few drinks in the lobby bar of the Marriott where the Russian spies had stayed.

Taken on 2018-10-02 00:00:00

Typical Dutch street in the Hague .

There was an evening reception in the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

This is a Strandbeest. I recommend you search for this word on YouTube to see how it walks in the wind.

Some more impressions from the Hague.


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9 replies
  1. 1
    Lapassionara says:

    These are lovely.

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    otmar says:

    Actually, these are from last week.

    I was late in submitting, thus the terse text.

  3. 3
    JPL says:

    @otmar: I always enjoy pictures of your travels. The wide sidewalks with ample space to park bicycles is something that American communities need to adopt. Thanks for submitting the pictures.

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    waratah says:

    I am going to look up the beest to see how he moves.
    You are so lucky to travel with your work. The Hague is is mentioned or featured in a lot of the novels I read and now I have a visual thank you.

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    KSinMA says:

    Lovely photos!

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    Mr. Prosser says:

    @JPL: I agree, Otmar’s street scenes make me wish I lived in a walkable city.

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    J R in WV says:

    A wondeerful city to have business in!!! (sic, more dutch looking!)

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    Tenar Arha says:

    @otmar: There was an exhibition of many Strandbeest at the Peabody Essex Museum a few years past, they were amazing to see in person, with accompanying videos.

    ETA Thanks for the reminder!

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    Origuy says:

    I saw the Strandbeest exhibit at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. As Tenar Arha said, amazing.

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