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Histourism: traces of Operation Market Garden

I’d had the date marked on my calendar for weeks: 16 and 17 September, Market Garden weekend. On 17 September, 1944, many a Dutch citizen in the south of the country looked up to the sky to see ‘falling angels’, aka Allied paratroopers, taking part in the largest airborne operation of the entire war. Though... Continue Reading →

My first published article: the role of American librarians during World War II

Some months ago, I was asked to contribute an article to TXT Magazine, an academic publication from the University of Leiden's Book and Digital Media Studies department, which generally focuses on the creation, dissemination and adaptation of books and texts as objects. The theme of this issue was 'navigating seas of text'. I knew I... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Newcastle

While on holiday in Yorkshire last month, my friends and I decided to go up to Newcastle for the day. I didn't know much about the city, except that it was at the heart of the industrial revolution in Britain and that it's where Dire Straits singer Mark Knopfler is from. In fact, while making... Continue Reading →

Histourism: Riga

As the temperatures are finally consistently running into the high twenties Celsius here, it's funny to think that only about two months ago I was walking around in Riga in a snowstorm - granted, one that only lasted a day. We went out then, on Easter Sunday, thinking we might do some sightseeing, but ended... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Helsinki by night

As opposed to the blink-and-you-miss-it blue twenty minutes we usually get here in the Netherlands -- one of the best times of day for photographers, when the sun has just set and the combination of electric night lights and the still luminous sky makes for the most beautiful pictures -- Helsinki was exceedingly generous with its opportunities... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Amsterdam

A visit to Amsterdam is always a treat - whenever I'm down there for the day I seem to soak up the art, architecture, exhilaration, diversity and history of the city like a sponge. Here is a collection of snapshots I took during various visits in the past few months.

Shutterspeed: Wrocław

Some time ago, my friends and I went on a city trip to Wrocław, Poland's fourth largest city. It was my first time visiting Poland, and I couldn't have hoped for a better introduction than I got by wandering around in this breathtaking city for 48 hours. For both culture vultures and those looking for good food,... Continue Reading →

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