Europe

The Weather

The book I read that said that there are, on average, 23 cloudless days in the netherlands in a YEAR was not joking. Winter is pretty grey, cold, and miserable. Yesterday it snowed for the first time, only an inch of slushy stuff that was gone by noon, but still Read more…

By Brian Bishop, ago
Europe

Gift from the Royal Dutch Post

Ann, as usual, prepared this years Christmas cards. She is always very good about keeping track of everyone’s address and sending them each a hand-written Christmas card. However, since this is a very industrial process involving a long assembly line of card writing, postage stamping, envelope licking and trying to Read more…

By Brian Bishop, ago
Europe

Christmas 2004

Merry Christmas to all! Our first Christmas in the Netherlands, our second in Europe (we were in London for Christmas 2000), and only my second Christmas overall away from my family (which, when I say it out loud, makes me feel equal parts mamma’s boy and nostalgic). Neither Ann nor Read more…

By Brian Bishop, ago
Europe

Kerstmarkt

Today was one of the 5 cloudless days in the Netherlands, and Ann and I took a stroll through the Kerstmarkt (Christmas Market) which had been set up on the main shopping street in the middle of town.   Every year, for three days they fill up the already congested Read more…

By Brian Bishop, ago
Europe

Early Retirement

I had to go to Rotterdam yesterday to my MBA school to take care of some financial matters. It seems that Sallie Mae, after telling both me AND the school that it would be a cold day in hell before they made out educational checks to a student, sent $30,000 Read more…

By Brian Bishop, ago
Europe

Robbed Twice

New back wheel, chain, plus labor involved to put them both on shoddily (so I had to take it back to the shop after riding on it for two seconds): 96 Euros. New lock because now apparently I need to lock BOTH the front and back tires: 12 Euros. New Read more…

By Brian Bishop, ago
Europe

Goddamn Immigrants

Some asshole stole the back wheel off my bike yesterday. I came back from my first indoor frisbee tournament, and when I got to my bike I saw that it was curiously low to the ground in the back. It took me a few seconds, but I eventually realized that Read more…

By Brian Bishop, ago
Europe

Computer “Exercises”

So, I was speaking with my friend Esther the other day when all of a sudden she was locked out of her computer. This program hijacked her computer, put up pictures of people doing strange things, and wouldn’t let her close it or do anything else. “What’s that?” “Oh, that’s Read more…

By Brian Bishop, ago