#2435 – A New Lockdown

ENGLISH Starting from today, a hard lockdown is imposed in the Netherlands. This is due to the increasing trend of the number of COVID-19 infections in the past two weeks or so, despite the initial (premature) promising sign of the effect of the partial lockdown restrictions which has been in place since mid-October. This hard…

#2433 – Hello December

ENGLISH Yeay it’s December, the last month of 2020! I am quite sure that many of us couldn’t wait for 2020 to end and for 2021 to be a much brighter year, haha. Speaking of December, as of today in the Netherlands masks are mandatory to be worn in indoor spaces (there are exceptions, of…

#2429 – This Weekend

ENGLISH This September I mentioned that at that point, I had had two trips (within Europe) planned. The first one was my long weekend trip to Porto, Portugal last month. And the second one should have taken place this weekend, where I would have travelled on a weekend trip to Rome, Italy. Yep, third conditional,…

#2414 – The “New Normal” Reality

ENGLISH I have mentioned a little bit earlier that the “new normal” WTF setup, aside from all the plus-es, does come with other “new” costs. The most obvious one is utility, where naturally my electricity and water consumption increases significantly. For instance, my July 2020 electricity bill indicated that I consumed almost 60% more than…

#2411 – This Summer

ENGLISH Now that we are almost halfway through this year’s summer, I have to say that this summer has been (and is) a “slow” one, in terms of travelling, of course, haha. Of course (most of) the internal Schengen borders have been opened for well over a month now, and indeed I went on a…

#2407 – Gyms Are Back!

ENGLISH With the continuing overall positive trend on the COVID-19 numbers in the Netherlands (which, let’s hope shall keep going forever), more and more relaxations on the intelligent lockdown restrictions have been introduced. After the travel restrictions relaxation for trips within (some) European borders, which I have taken an advantage of earlier this month with…

#2404 – Hello July, Hello Summer

ENGLISH Now that it is July already, this means that we have officially entered Summer here in the Netherlands. And last week, we got the first “taste” of that where for three days in a row starting from Wednesday, the weather was categorized as “very warm” with temperature hovering around 30°C. Combined with the current…

#2391 – Bevrijdingsdag 2020

ENGLISH Today is the Bevrijdingsdag, or the Liberation Day, that is quite a unique day in the Netherlands. While the day is observed every year, it is a national public holiday only once every five years. And guess what? 2020 is that year! Yeay!! Well, not really actually because, you know, COVID-19 happens, lol 😆…