Chasing Sun and Spritz

For me, few things give me more of a holiday feeling than an Aperol Spritz on an Italian beach at sunset. I remember the first one I had, about five years ago in La Spezia. We were there in October, so the beach was empty, the bar quiet, the temperatures very comfortable, and the sunsetContinue reading “Chasing Sun and Spritz”

Why I write – revisited

Lately, many people have been asking me why I write my blog, and more specifically where I find the time to do it. The latter one is easy. I don’t find the time – it’s already there. I prioritize writing my blog for about 30 minutes a day. Mostly, I do this when my oneContinue reading “Why I write – revisited”

Warm and sweaty

God, it’s warm today. We’re visiting my mother in the east of the Netherlands, just before driving back to Bavaria tonight and tomorrow – we’ll sleep somewhere halfway. This weather though. It’s no joke. Luckily, my mother set up a play pool for the kids, to their great appreciation. I have mixed feelings about theContinue reading “Warm and sweaty”

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…”

Not only lazy…

I always thought I understood this problem. You’re lazy or too busy. I get it. I’m a lazy bastard too. From that perspective, I am generally very understanding towards other lazy fuckers like me. For most circumstances you can get away with some lazy… Not this time. We’re staying in a town this week thatContinue reading “Not only lazy…”

Alarming insect declines

Over the course of the past five years, many scientific papers have been written about insect declines – some simply reporting patterns in observational data, while others have adopted rigorous monitoring combined with measurements of potential factors contributing to shifts in insect diversity and abundance. There are debates ongoing between entomologists and conservationists as toContinue reading “Alarming insect declines”

Imposter parenting

This post was half triggered by a couple of posts I read yesterday about imposter syndrome. It’s also triggered by the events of this particular day… I’ve been a father to a beautiful son for almost three years, and he was joined by an awesome little sister almost a year ago. These two little tadpolesContinue reading “Imposter parenting”

Highs and lows

Let’s start today with the lows, and end it on a high note. We spent the night near Rovinj, a pretty town on the Istrian west coast. The campsite was nothing special, and just too far from the center to comfortably walk the distance back and forth with the kids. Now, In Rovinj, most parkingContinue reading “Highs and lows”

Now this is something different…

You all now by now I’m a bit of a reptile nerd. I can’t help it. It’s been like that since forever. It started with dinosaurs when I was young, and it never left me. Those of you that now me a little better, or read here regularly, will also understand that snakes in particularContinue reading “Now this is something different…”

Boredom

I know I’m in no position to complain about anything. I’m in a beautiful place. Paradise-like, even. I’m as close as I can possibly get to the people I love most in this world. The weather was absolutely beautiful, albeit it was windy and chilly today. The campsite was comfortable. Everything was good, right? Yet,Continue reading “Boredom”