Tag: netherlands

Attending the fan club preview of the ABBA Museum

ABBA Magazine

A few months ago I was asked to write a couple of articles for the magazine of the International ABBA Fan Club. A copy of the magazine arrived in the mail this week, and so I thought I'd share them here both for general interest, and as an online archive. ABBA DAY REPORT “If you’re ...

Not exactly sure where, but possibly some islands off the coast of Norway.

From Amsterdam to Reykjavik

I wasn't entirely sure why the train trip from Amsterdam to Copenhagen would take fifteen hours. Leaving at 7.00pm on Sunday night and arriving at 10.00am Monday seemed like an awfully slow train. I booked it because it was the easiest, cheapest way for me to get from Amsterdam to Copenhagen. Yes, I know I ...

Outdoor Church Service in Amsterdam

Five Hours in Amsterdam

“Would you like to join us for karaoke?' the young woman standing nearby asked me. As I looked at the list of available songs (all of which were in Dutch) there was one which caught my eye, “Tulpen uit Amsterdam”. With a slight twinkle in my eye, I looked at her and said, “I'll give ...

Dancing Queens

International ABBA Day – The Main Day

“If you're in the ABBA Museum and you're standing near the Ring Ring exhibit, you should answer the phone, as it's probably going to be Frida” we were told by Ingmarie Halling from the ABBA Museum, soon to open in Stockholm. “And if you see the piano suddenly playing, it's gonna be Benny doing it ...

ABBA Quiz Winners

International ABBA Day – The First Night

I'll be the first to admit I can sometimes be a little bit socially awkward. In a group of four or five people I'm fine, but in a large room I am often the "wall flower" who finds it difficult to meet people and to make conversation. Thus, I've felt slightly apprehensive about my plans ...

The hand-written note from a lovely woman at the train station.

The Dutch Train System – Part Two

The only two words of the Dutch language I know are "alstublieft" and "bedankt" (please and thankyou). So the following translation of the accompanying hand-written note is only a guestimation on my part. The bearer of this note is obviously a complete idiot. In 2008 he came to the Netherlands and got completely lost on ...

The Dutch Train System

I knew the woman at the train station information desk could see the heart-break in my eyes as I approached. I explained to her that, for whatever reason, I'd taken the wrong train, or had failed to get off the right train or something like that, and that's how I ended up in Leiden (thirty ...

They ring their bells too much. They don't wear helmets, and don't use their lights at night, and their bicycles are mostly fairly drab. This isn't!

Lovin’ Amsterdam

“You should join the queues early”, I was advised by both Marco and Peter. And they were right: the museum queues in Amsterdam are extraordinarily long. Once inside the Van Gogh Museum, I was amazed, first of all, at how many people there were. And secondly, I was amazed at how many people weren't actually ...

Australian tourist

More Great Dutch Hospitality

Having made the decision to go looking for some better accommodation this morning, I figured I'd make use of the free breakfast before I left. I won't begin to tell you the revulsion I felt in seeing people use their fingers to separate the cheese slices in the absence of knives and forks. The coffee ...