Back to the topicof autumn, goodwarm days are almost at its finish so getting ready for the colder season now. Last year was really a heavy winter. I hope this one willbe better.
To make the season at least funtolive, I share with you the following autumn-themed stop-motion picture. Enjoy watching.
Although it was sunny, it was still having fresh breeze,thus I was really lucky to have my jacket with me. Along the course of the day, the activities continue and the energy started to get turned on and the heat could be felt. However, so long as we were under the shadows, without the direct hit of the sun rays, it was still a bit cold.
Right after we exit the Central Station to buy our cruise and museum tickets...
The Amsterdam experience started right after we arrived at the central station (train) of the city with a single train trip of about an hour and a half from my domicile city, Nijmegen. It was a busy day, as expected, in the busy city where everyone meets/ends up in Europe: Amsterdam!
Lovely day huh! Waiting impatiently for our cruise boat here...
According to wikipedia (for some educational part):[the city] is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city, which had a population (including suburbs) of 1.36 million on 1 January 2008, comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe, with a population of around 6.7 million.The city is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and 7 of the world's top 500 companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city.In 2010, Amsterdam was ranked 13th globally on quality of living by Mercer, and previously ranked 3rd in innovation by 2thinknow in the Innovation Cities Index 2009.
As the boat started its course for the canal cruise
to be continued....
One of the first places we went or visited was the sagrada familia church. I learned so much during the tour. In fact, it was kind of educational more than anything else. We opted to have the guided tour and never did I regret paying extra for it. If I remember good, the entrance fee including the tour guide totalled €15 in all. It was amazing though.
The Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Família (official Catalan name; Spanish: Templo Expiatorio de la Sagrada Familia; "Expiatory Church of the Holy Family"), often simply called the Sagrada Família, is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026. A portion of the building's interior is scheduled to open for public worship and tours by September 2010.
Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project's vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona's (and Spain's) top tourist attractions for many years. The church is to be consecrated by Pope Benedict XVI on November 7, 2010, during his visit to Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona.
Visit the church, see its wonders, appreciate it... that I suggest but if I were you, I wont really believe that it's the best... but of course you can decide for yourself.
1. where I live
2. almost Germany
4. the 4-day July march
5. oldest city in Netherlands
7. a Small city
8. where my bike was stolen
9. I worked in finance department for 10 months
10. 133.6 kilometer away from Rijswijk, The Hague where I work
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Wow! These answers surprise me. Now time for a bit of elaboration. I have to admit that answers one till five were almost automatic and for the sixth to the tenth answer, I had to think a bit. When you live in a place, it’s either you like it or you don’t like it. In my case, I am not that type. I always like the place I live after a month or two of living there. I mean, I just love the place, anywhere it is, where I can feel home. I know that for people who love city life, I don’t think there is really something here. But for those who love red-light places, you’ll find it here. The things that I don’t like here include: (1) Too far from my work place which costs me €500 monthly only to travel, not counting wasted time and effort; and (2) Business establishments are closed on Sunday!
So here we are the elaboration part. Look at the stated numbers corresponding to the numbers in the list above relating to Nijmegen. Plain and simple (1) I live here, no need to elaborate on this for sure, right? I relocated here last May 2009 for my previous work assignment.
2) The city is very near Germany. In fact there are busses passing here every 30 minutes or one hour that go back and forth to Kleve, the nearest German city. We also use the German airport Dusseldorf/Weeze when we fly out of the country. It only takes maximum 30 minutes to drive there from where I live.
(3)River Maas is a major European river, rising in France and flowing through Belgium and the Netherlands before draining into the North Sea with a total length of 925 km. Maas is the Dutch term while the river is called Meuse in English. River Waal is the main distributary branch of river Rhine flowing to the central Netherlands for about 80 km carrying 65% of the total flow of the Rhine. The Maas-walkanaal (Meuse-waal canal) connects the two rivers. See illustration to have a graphic view of it.
(4) Nijmegen has its nationwide or Europe-wide fame for the International Four Day March Nijmegen, nationally known as Internationale Vierdaagse Afstandsmarsen Nijmegen, or locally called the Nijmeegse Vierdaagse, an annual event starting on the third Tuesday in July, comprising four days of walking (distances ranging from 30 to 50 km a day), and the accompanying festivities, the so-called Vierdaagsefeestenincluding rock festival de-Affaire. It has been driving in participants for the past few years. My colleague at my previous work here used to join this march but for shorter Asian legs like mine, I think this is just too much!
5) Is it really the oldest city in Netherlands? As they say, yes, as Nijmegen celebrated its 2000th birth year in 2005. History mentions this place way back the 1st century before Christ when Romans found this place strategic, for its rivers and hills (the latter I can’t testify to its truth, it’s all flat here, you know!).
(6) NXP or NXP (for Next eXPerience) Semiconductors is the name for the new semiconductor company founded by Philips. Its seat is here in Nijmegen and it is one of the reasons for having a lot of expats here. I met and still meet a lot of people from there that’s why this came to my mind. There are many Asians employed by this company.
(7) Yes, compared to where I used to live, The Hague, it is very small. It is out of the Dutch randstad (western Netherlands highly industrialized-commercialized busy cities) and it’s at the tip of the country. There are not so many big or major stuff here. The city center itself is not that big at all.
(8) No need of elaboration I think for this. But for more details, the story of my stolen bike is also posted here. Come and see!
(9) As mentioned, the reason why I live in Nijmegen is due to work assignment. That work lasted for 10 months and now I am back working in The Hague. Maybe I will be relocating back in The Hague soon.
(10) Yes, the sad part of the story is the distance to my work. That means waking up early and travelling and wasting time. But still, that’s life. There’s always good thing from something. ^^
So that was it, Nijmegen, from my personal view. From the view of other, I found an article online written by Vihren from Munich, Germany. I quote here:
Nijmegen is a nice town in the Netherlands on the Rhine River. Being one of the few towns in the country founded by the Romans Nijmegen claims to be the oldest city in the country. The central pedestrian street is very large and has a large amount of different shops and shopping centers and I found the prices very good for the Netherlands. The river here is great by sunset – there is a wonderful view to the west. Although the town is not very full of old buildings or tourist attractions it is a nice place to spend a few hours and watch the sunset above the river.
There are also boutique style stores but what Filipinos flock for in the area is the “tiangge”/bargain style of vendors where it is possible to negotiate with the sellers on the price that they initially offer. It’s really good for those who have a strong bargaining power. I remember the watch they sell for Php 2,000, we have managed to let them sell at Php 750 and the pair of girly mother pearl earrings for Php 50 instead of the original Php 300. Actually, buying in volumes do help because vendors look at you as a valuable customer giving you the favors you want. Just be wise and insistent though of you want to really save a lot. The place is safe, with security guards around. It is also clean and air-conditioned. There are restaurants and fast food chains both around and within the building. There are also ATMs.
If I can go back in Philippines again, I’ll definitely shop at Greenhills mall again.
Surprise, surperise! What's inside!?!?
What I won was a "Christmas Hamper". I had to do the following to be able to receive my Ryanair winning scratch-card prize:
1. Visit http://www.bfm.eu.com to see what I needed to do
2. Send my winning ticket to Dublin through registered mail (28 December 2009) costing Eur 7++
3. Receiving the Irish Chhristmas Hamper in my front door (22 January 2010)
So what's inside the hamper? I am lucky as I know the chest/hamper itself isworth more than Eur 7++!
Opening the first wrapped goodie! A chick calculator with a small pen inside thebox-calcu...
So what do you think about my winnings? Well, the thing is, whenever we win, we feel excited and happy, not only of what we won but the thought that we are "lucky" already makes us glad! Lovely feeling, isn't it?
Bottled goodies: pure honey,marmalade and some preserved rosemarino with garlic.... strange but I will tellafter I try..
Solet's cheers with this winning! Why I dobuy these tickets everytime? As the ryanair personnel promotes them for Charity and Eur 2 per ticket dosnot hurt! I won and this even hurtslesser!Right? Cool huh!