Sutonym 2017

Photos and comments about our year in Europe

Dark, Rainy, and Windy

October 03, 2017
Before we came, I expected Amsterdam to be dark, rainy, and windy. So far, however, the weather has been fantastic, the days long, and a moderate amount of rainfall. That...
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Texel vs. Cape Cod

September 08, 2017
We took simultaneous photos of each other. Susan and were on Texel, and island on the north end of the Netherlands. You can get there from Amsterdam by taking the train f...
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Dissemination of Knowledge

September 02, 2017
The City of Amsterdam maintains 270,000 trees. You can find the location of each one of them, along with their size, stage of life, and age on a website that the city mai...
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Strange Fruits and the Virtue of Laziness in Moderation

August 31, 2017
In Nederland, there are many things that I cannot explain. Does the football season ever end? Will elected members of Parliament ever form a government and why does it ma...
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Irony and Crime 20 August

August 19, 2017
One member of our family has consistently warned the other about the risk from zakkenrollers, i.e., pickpockets. Amsterdam has a reputation for an active community of the...
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Evolution of the Eye and Human Knowledge 10 August

August 10, 2017
I have heard people argue that evolution cannot explain the human body because some parts, such as the eye, are so complex that there is no series of evolutionary steps t...
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Burgundy Friends 22 July

August 04, 2017
Paul turned 80, but does the daily NYT crossword puzzles in a few minutes, except Saturday, which stumped him this week**. He speaks multiple languages, is an expert wood...
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Amsterdam Flowers 17 July

July 17, 2017
I couldn't bring everything I would need for a year. One thing I left behind was my tripod. The casual photographer may not realize how key a tripod is for macrophotograp...
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Sex in the City 16 July

July 15, 2017
Amsterdam is known for pot and prostitution, among other things. Having lived here for 3 ½ months, I can say with confidence that that is ridiculous. They form a small an...
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Bike/Car Collision 15 July

July 15, 2017
Every time I take Izzy for a walk to Museumplein, I worry about her getting seriously injured. To cross Van Baerlestraat, one must cross a bike lane, then a car and bus l...
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Healthy Cities and Big Green Leaves 13 July

July 15, 2017
People familiar with cities in the Northeast of the US would call the houses in our neighborhood row houses. The neighborhood we live in is undergoing gentrification and...
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Cursus Nederland Graduation Day

July 13, 2017
Susan en ik hebben ons cursus Nederlands vandaag voltooid. We weten meer dan vooraf, maar leren Nederlands is een erg langzaam proces. Ik hoop dat in één jaar ik kunnen s...
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Why Afghan Wars Are A Bad Idea: 2- June

June 20, 2017
According to Wikipedia, the first Anglo-Afghan war, from 1839 to 1842, became known as the disaster in Afghanistan. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Anglo-Afghan_War....
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Poop, infrastructure, and is America better? 15 June

June 20, 2017
Izzy must poop on the sidewalk most of the time. There are few opportunities for her to poop on grass, which had been her preferred poop-target. With a six poung dog, the...
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Fence and Speaking in Tongues 4 June

May 28, 2017
The first time I discovered all on my own that something someone told me was not true was in about 1953 or 1954. I was 3 or 4. I had seen an ad on TV for Jets cereal. Kid...
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