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Category: Als Deutscher in den Niederlanden

Steam Summer Sale


This magical time in summer, when you simply sit, watching the accumulated Gigabytes idly float by and think of the poor people of #neuland.

13 GB done, fifty more to go. And Steam is overloaded, not giving out much more than 200 MBit/s.

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A day with planes

Where I live, at the bottom of a dried up lake, 10 feet below sea level, it looks like this.

Polderbaan

I am getting there by bike, it’s less than five minutes. And because there is friet and ice cream available in the parking lot, the Schnuppel wanted to go there. Ice cream and large airplanes, in this order.

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Tweed Run

Originating in London is the concept of the Tweed Run. It’s a bunch of fucking hipsters, riding outdated bikes in impractical clothing through gentrified neighborhoods flashing their privilege. Or in their own words:

The term “overdressed” does not exist in our vocabulary. Tweed suits, plus fours, bowties, and jaunty flat caps are all encouraged. […]

Dust off your vintage velocipede for the ride; prizes awarded for Best Vintage Bicycle. […]

Of course dining al fresco is an art all of its own, and we encourage you to pack a beautiful picnic basket for our Picnic Break.

A similar thing happens in the Netherlands under the label “Tweed Ride“. They are an inclusive folk, addressing both Nederlands and English speaking people. Their next event is coming Sunday, May 28th, in Breda.

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Velo-City Expo, and the Dutch view on cycling helmets

Bicycle Dutch has a selection of news:

Velo-City  is a conference on June, 13 in Nijmegen, NL. Because he’s not flying for KLM on that day, Willem-Alexander will open the conference.

Also, the Dutch View on cycling helmets:

Take the bicycle helmet. If you make it mandatory, you strengthen the idea that the bike is a dangerous means of transport. That leads to a decrease in the number of cyclists. That again decreases the safety, because the more cyclists there are, the more other road users will consider them. In short: the bicycle helmet increases the individual safety, but decreases the safety in general.

I have yet to see Dutch people riding their bikes with helmets on.

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Gemini Offshore Wind Park opens in the Netherlands

The Gemini Offshore Wind Park opens in the Netherlands:

With 150 wind turbines spanning 68 square kilometers, Gemini is one of the largest offshore wind parks in the world. Located 85 kilometers off the coast of Groningen in the North Sea, the Gemini is invisible from land. The project chose the location due to its high, constant wind speeds […] Management and maintenance headquarters for the wind park are in Eemshaven.

The park features 4MW turbines, so about 600 MW best case capacity (Wikipedia, Van Oord building this, 4C offshore, official website)

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Albert Heijn electric delivery vehicles

AH has the first two electric delivery vehicles

Nederlands newspaper Het Parool reports that Nederlands supermarket chain Albert Heijn put the first two electric trucks into service to deliver wares to Amsterdam supermarkets. The trucks are running five to six runs between the AH distribution hub in Zaandam and Amsterdam centrum. They are charged while loading/unloading and can hence ride continuously.

Amsterdam aims to ban all ICE inside the A10 ring by 2025, if at all possible.

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