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Category: Als Deutscher in den Niederlanden

A whisky tester in the mail

“Reality is a thing for people with a fear of unicorns.”

A good friend sent me a set of small testers with Whisky. A Laphroaig Cardeas 2016, Madeira Cask, a Starlight XXI Sierra Delta, and an Akashi.

The testers made it to me unharmed, wrapped like Sushi Rolls, but the caps unscrewed marginally through the transport vibration. Nothing much was lost, but I now know why the Whisky Calendar is sold with the caps in sealing wax.


The new Connexxion

So today is not only a day with a snowflake coming down and touching the ground, which in itself is always an event that puts the Netherlands into chaos (The Dutch are generally awesome with liquid water, but are completely unable to deal with the same substance in a frozen state).

Our annual day of winter.

Today is also the day where Connexxion switches to the new Dienstregling, stops accepting cash in the buses and also switches to new equipment. This is not without it’s share of problems.


How many chargers are necessary to convert the Netherlands to electric cars?

Here is the question:

How much infrastructure do we need when ALL 8 million vehicles (and buses and trucks!) in the Netherlands go electric?

The answer will surprise you: we could get to 100% electric transportation in the Netherlands, just by converting the 4000 existing gast stations to fast charging stations which have an average of 14 fast chargers.

The article then plays with numbers a bit: Kilometers driven, electricity used, number of chargepoints, charging rates.