Vancouver versus Curaçao

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Vancouver versus Curaçao


I am engaged in what I believe to be the most thrilling industry in the world...aviation. That means being able to enjoy a drink after a long flight at the Flying Beaver Bar & Grill and to see tiny seaplanes soaring gracefully through the sky...better than shopping! The Flying Beaver Bar & Grill is located near the South Terminal of Vancouver and next to Harbour Air in Richmond. The bar provides excellent views of the river and ocean while serving some tasty food. One day I would really like to fly in a seaplane as a passenger, but the tickets are pretty pricy...Who knows maybe, better luck next time! Unfortunately I had a short layover in Vancouver so the next day I decided to take a little walk towards the river. What was funny to me is that no matter where I went I saw Chinese people. Richmond is a fast growing Vancouver suburb that is now 41% Chinese speaking. Asking directions didn't get me far as you can imagine. When I walked through the neighbourhood I saw The Richmond Olympic Oval building. After being chosen as the venue for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the facility was upgraded to serve the needs of the athletes. The lighting and interior spaces were enhanced and 8,000 seats were added to the facility. After the 2010 Olympics, the Richmond Olympic Oval is again being transformed into a community sports and wellness centre. After seeing all this cultural stuff I finally made it to the river, sat down and relaxed... a few hours later it was time to head back to Amsterdam.


This time I was without Desiré on the island of Curaçao. I had the plan to go windsurfing so I brought my shorty wetsuit with me in my suitcase. But unfortunately I could not rent a surfboard due to a tournament on the island. All surfboards were already rented out. What a pity! Plans changed. So I decided to be in the chill mode from that time on. Swimming, getting a tan and enjoying beach life. Nothing more, nothing less! I watched a diving class at Papagayo's diving school 'All in one Watersports' . They started the first principles of diving in the swimming pool. It looked quiet easy but I have fear for it. I am a little bit claustrophobic. Hopefully one day I'll be able to get over it and be willing to learn how to dive. In the evening I went to Zest on the beach with some colleagues. With my feet in the white soft sand, a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in my hand and a tuna steak on my plate, I felt quite happy. The sky was full of stars and a warm wind was blowing through my hair. Paradise on earth!

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San Francisco, a glimpse of Frisco, a snapshot of LinkedIn, the sfmta line N and Outerlands

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san francisco

When you have less than seven hours to spend in Frisco before you have to go to bed...make up your mind quickly about what to do! We decided to make a snapshot of the new head office of LinkedIn on second street. Next a small shopping experience on Market Street before we took the N line of the metro SFMTA, direction Ocean Beach. We exited on Judah street, had a glimpse of the ocean and went on to Outerlands for drinks and dinner. We arrived kind of late without a reservation but still got the chance to sit at the bar. We got a drawing from a local, sitting at the bar as well, to welcome us in Frisco. How sweet! Outerlands is such a nice restaurant. It is a cozy place with weathered-wood walls serving New American eats, housemade bread and a popular brunch if you are in time during the afternoon. The SMFTA metro service is excellent so we took the metro back downtown Frisco afterwards, walked to our hotel and hit the sack after a very shorty stay in SanFran!


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Amsterdam, sailing, swimming and fun on the Vinkeveense Plassen

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vinkeveense plassen

During summertime we like to go sailing and swimming on the Vinkeveense Plassen (Lakes of Vinkeveen) with Margré's sailing boat or with Desiré's motor boat. Our boats are in the harbor called Jachthaven Bon (Marina Bon). This time we went out sailing with Margré's Flytour. The name of her boat is 'Demoiselle'. A blue sky, warm water and a lot of sunshine were perfect ingredients for us to leave the harbor of Jachthaven Bon, situated near the Vinkeveense Plassen. This lake is not far from the hussle and bustle of the capital of the Netherlands: Amsterdam. A perfect place to relax and enjoy wind, water and sun. If you want to rent a small boat (even possible with a picnic arrangement) or you want a boat with a captain, you can contact Jachthaven Bon. You can enjoy the Vinkeveense Plassen for hours. There are a lot of small private islands in the lake. But some of the islands are public, so you can stay there for a while to picnic or to dive in the clear water. Worth a visit on a nice warm summer day when you want to escape the busy city of Amsterdam for a while.