Though its sometimes confusing as hell, I’m really enjoying the current season of Lost. Can’t believe they spent all this time getting off the island, only to be returning to it! And thank goodness for the episode recaps on io9.com for shedding some light on some of the details. I wonder how they’ll be able to bring the story to a satisfying conclusion in 2010.


me taking a photo of the Freedom Monument

If you know me, you’ll know I prefer winter to summer. So the news that we were going to Riga (Latvia) to celebrate my parents 35th anniversary, pleased me no end. After years of crappy winters I’d finally get to wear all the proper winter gear. ­čÖé

Riga the capital of Latvia, is situated on the Baltic Sea coast on the mouth of the river Daugava. Riga is the largest city in the Baltic states. The Historic Centre of Riga has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city is particularly notable for its extensive Jugendstil (German Art Nouveau) architecture, which UNESCO considers to be unparalleled anywhere in the world.

Lees verder Riga


We leave for Riga on friday. I’m still trying to decide what to pack and which coat to wear. Wikipedia mentions February can mean -20┬░C but I doubt that’ll happen during our visit. Its now -2┬░C, but according to the 5 Day Forecast from the BBC Weather Centre, they’re expecting lower temperatures and possibly even snow. I have heard though that the wind chill is much lower than it can be here. Must be the difference in maritime and continental land climate according to the K├Âppen climate classification (do they still teach this in schools?). I think I’ll take my medium thick coat.


Werd zojuist gebeld door een mevrouw van het Leidsch Dagblad. Ik denk dat ze echt geen inspiratie meer hadden, want ze was alle Valentijnen in te regio aan het bellen met de vraag wat men van Valentijnsdag vindt. Ik heb niet echt een mening, behalve dat ik me stoor aan de overheersende commercie. Maar dat zou ik, volgens mij, ook gehad hebben als ik een andere achternaam had gehad. We gaan zien wat het geworden is in de Valentijns-special bij de krant van zaterdag.