Sutonym 2017

Photos and comments about our year in Europe

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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Zussen in Amsterdam 26 May

May 25, 2017
Lenora and Linda came to visit us and pose for their picture with Susan. They had a list of things they wanted to do and they did them. And they walked and walked and wal...
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Vondel Art 25 May

May 25, 2017
Amsterdam has art in lots of places, not just the museums. This piece is located under a bridge where Van Baerlestraat goes over a little piece of Vondel Park. Someone ha...
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Voetballiefhebbers 24 May

May 25, 2017
To watch Ajax (eye-ox), soccer lovers showed up in tens of thousands on and near museumplein until the police declared it 'vol,' or full. So full was it, that the liefheb...
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What a Refugee Looks Like 23 May and July 2017

May 23, 2017
Here's an update. Mosul has been largely destroyed. Here is one of thousands of photographs showing the horror and suffering. (I do not have permission to repost this...
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