It’s not a bear, it’s not a pig, then what is it?

Today I spent our public holiday by visiting a local zoo with the family. Now, I thought I was pretty familiar with what’s going on in the animal kingdom, but today I found out about a new animal that I had never heard of, and am not even sure I needed to know about. AContinue reading “It’s not a bear, it’s not a pig, then what is it?”

Catching up instead of catching fish…

It was a beautiful late afternoon to go fishing. The sun shone bright against the deep blue sky. We decided to try our luck at the Maas, the river that gave the city of Maastricht its name. I’m not from here, and I don’t know this river. To be honest, it had also been aContinue reading “Catching up instead of catching fish…”

Empty your plate already!

If you find yourself throwing away perfectly good food, you’re an asshole. Let’s be clear about that. There, I said it. God this pisses me off so bad. I recently had a dinner with some people I thought I knew well. At the end of the otherwise excellent evening, they suggested we’d throw out aboutContinue reading “Empty your plate already!”

More pictures? More rants? More what?

WordPress statistics, as I have written about several times, are a weird thing. Unpredictable as hell. However for almost the entire time I’ve been daily blogging, one thing was almost a given. The number of views was pretty much double the number of visitors. I always saw this as a good sign: if visitors likedContinue reading “More pictures? More rants? More what?”

Friday Findings – Volume 3

A short overview this week, although not for lack of interesting things that happened. Here are the highlights from my week in ecology: Collaborate – collaborations are vital in academia. You can do more together than alone, and multiple brains are smarter than one. It’s also much more fun to discuss and discover with others,Continue reading “Friday Findings – Volume 3”

No judgement

These are the strangest of times. I don’t know how to feel about the things that are going on in the world right now. Roughly a year ago now, governments mandated that masks should be worn in the streets in the city center, even when COVID-19 case numbers were down to very low levels. WeContinue reading “No judgement”

“Interesting…” (with a German accent)

“This new girl is moving into the vacant room today. German. She seems relaxed.” My flatmate had this laid-back approach with everything. Everything was always either chill or relaxed. It didn’t seem to mean much. But somehow this time I trusted his word for it. “Good to know!” I replied. “It’s about time…” We livedContinue reading ““Interesting…” (with a German accent)”

Der, die, das

No matter how hard I try, some things I will probably never fully master. Prime example? The German language. What an absolute horror this is to learn. I can’t say whether it’s worse than my own mother language – Dutch – but at least with that one I was born in the right place, andContinue reading “Der, die, das”