More Leiden ………

Published December 11, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

As some of you knew last week I was on my own as Christopher was in Italy at a conference.
So I thought get some pictures taken for here.

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This is where we called The Shopping Street for the first two weeks we were here,  it’s actually called Haarlemmerstraat. There is no translation of this.

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This was for the Zwarte Piet or black Piet who are the  companions of Sinterklaas, usually portrayed by a man in blackface with black curly hair, dressed up like a 17th-century page in colourful attire, often sporting a lace collar and a feathered cap. He first appears in print as the nameless servant of Saint Nicholas in Sint-Nikolaas en zijn knecht (“St. Nicholas and His Servant”), published in 1850 by Amsterdam schoolteacher Jan Schenkman; but the tradition appears to date back at least as far as the early 19th Century.

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These are just some pictures of around Leiden just to give future visitors a sneak peak.

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Our aussie pub where we go watch Liverpool at and meet more British Liverpool fans.

Our canal tour around Leiden

Published December 2, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

I know this sounds seriously geeky but it’s a great way to see Leiden.

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This was the map that followed. As you can see the main of Leiden is surrounded by a canal.

Whilst on this tour we saw Van Gogh’s mother’s residence, Rembrandt’s Windmill and other fascinating things that you will see. These tours are always busy so it’s best that you go queue up an hour in advance to get tickets.

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Obviously the Dutch flag is essential for this.

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With this picture you can see I’m not alone as you can see Christopher’s reflection.

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I love this picture is the lowest bridge on the tour.
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Of any of your come to see me, we should do this. It only costs €7.

A day at Hortus Botanicus

Published November 20, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

This is a botanical garden in Leiden and this is the oldest botanical garden in the Netherlands and one of the oldest in the world. This obviously amazed me.

We initially went on just a wander around Leiden then we passed the main gates and we decided we should go in to see how much it costs. The answer €7. Bargain.

So we went on in.

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Of course the first trees we saw were palm trees which made us miss Pasadena even more.

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Then more palm trees but we thought onwards and upwards literally.

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And then down the spiral staircase.

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And down further.

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I was impressed with this dinosaur statue.

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You’re about to see lots of pictures on plants so stop now off you don’t want to see more.😆

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I thought I should show off the blue sky. Sorry.

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At the gardens there is also Leiden observatory.
I’m hoping to go again so there will be another part for this.

ESA & ESTEC open day.

Published October 31, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

I know not all of you are geeky types like me. If you aren’t you don’t have to look. If you are then carry on.

We got there nice and early as we were told that it gets busy.

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As you can see not so busy.

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But as you can see some kind of crowd control after waiting for a while.

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We even had some astronauts there to welcome us to the open day.

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As you can see some exhibits were really cool 😎 

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The picture above is inside the International Space Station (ISS)

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The above is the centrifuge.

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I thought I’d leave you with something pretty.

Freshly squeezed

Published October 20, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

With that title I mean literally as in freshly squeezed juice.

When we moved into our apartment in Leiden we found out there was a Orange juicer.
I decided I could buy oranges cheaper than a carton of juice. Plus it is more fun.

We found out that if we squeezed 4 oranges would make 2 glasses of juice.

So here is our first attempt at juicing.

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Of course here is my helpful assistance Christopher.

Imagine this with 8 halves of oranges.

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We were impressed with how empty the halves were once squeezed.

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Here you go our finishes product. It was really tasty.

The start of chapter 2.

Published October 10, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

Yes I got that from our taxi driver from Amsterdam airport.

We arrived on September 29th, this was 2 days prior to Chris starting work.
We had previously been told about October 3, which is basically a huge party over 2 days.

Wikipedia shows “The festival commemorates the anniversary of the 1573–1574 Siege of Leiden,during the Eighty Years’ War, when the Spanish Army attempted to capture the city”

Anyway more on that after.

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As you can see there are lots of geese hanging around.

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Needless to say this seriously confused us both. I thought it might mean something about a dog. And, it means Dog in the gutter. Again it leads to a WHAAATT?

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Yes we had very foggy mornings the first we were here.

Then we got the apartment keys.
Obviously I’m not putting pictures on here.

Any way the party started.

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We saw them putting a ferris wheel up near our house, we had been told about this.
We just didn’t know what to expect.

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As you can see the wheel went up quickly.

Then I got the chance on October 2 to go for a walk.

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Yes the haunted house will have been scary to kids.

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We decided we would go to listen to some music on the Friday night. It just so happened to be our favourite type of music, classic 70’s & 80’s rock.

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And no your eyes are not playing up on you their trousers are crazy. I’ve seen that type in clothes shops here.

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I think it goes to show how efficient the dutch are at street cleaning, on the Saturday, after the big party Friday, the streets were spotless. Wow.

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Published September 18, 2014 by theycallmemrstibbs

I know this may bore some of you but I had a great day.
I went to Monterey as a vacation whilst Chris had a conference there, but I was recommended going to the aquarium for the day.
When I got my ticket at hotel I got the best offer ever. 2 days for the price of one for the aquarium.

This is the trolley that took me up the first day I went up.
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As you can see it is just like a San Francisco cable car.

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Obviously the front of the aquarium.

It was a fun day but I’m thinking my pictures say it all. :-)

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I’ll say that’s enough day one pictures.

Here’s day 2.

The queue was huge as you can see in not one but two pictures

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Luckily I had a pre-bought ticket so I skipped the line.

On the second day I was in time for penguin feeding time.

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After the ocean view I decided to walk back to town.

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I stopped for a little while and listened to some Native American music.

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I got back into Monterey centre and grabbed a cup of tea, I had searched all day the day before for one. Then I sat at the meeting area for my shuttle bus back to the hotel.

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Yes a British pub with a red phone box.
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