TravelPosted by Moose 2010-03-08 19:03
All the pictures I've taken during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games can now be found on this website. I recommend to just look at the 'Best of Olympics' album, but if you're really bored or really fond of curling you're welcome to check out 'More Olympics' as well. The 'Moose' album contains the same pictures as posted below, but slightly bigger. Texts and videos are still to come, but first I've got to catch up on some other things (like sleep and work).
TravelPosted by Moose 2010-03-03 18:08
More pictures to follow (probably next week).
TravelPosted by Moose 2010-03-01 18:55
I missed the closing ceremony because I was on a bus to a further destination, so I don't know what Jacques Rogge said, but to Vancouver 2010 were the best Olympics ever. The fatal accident of a Georgian luger and some smaller mishaps at the start of the event were unfortunate, but the level of play and the atmosphere in the city were excellent.
The crowd at the curling venue was almost as loud as the hockey fans, and everyone in town seemed to be partying after every Canadian success (and they had a lot to celebrate). I didn't see many Dutch people downtown, because they all hang around in the tacky Holland Heineken House near the speed skating venue in Richmond, but all other nations were out on the streets together. Especially the Russians, Americans, Swiss and Scandinavians were well represented.
Because Canada lost to the US in the preliminaries I was fortunate to see them play the other big favorite Russia in the quarter finals. The Canadians crushed the 'commies' (as they were called by some over-excited fans) 7-3. Earlier I saw the United States just edging out Switzerland, 2-0. The Swiss didn't just have the support of their own fans, but also all the Canadians were cheering for them, because they weren't impressed that the Americans had dared to beat them in their own game. They got their revenge however in the gold medal game, when Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored the deciding overtime goal.
The men's curling team also did what was expected, winning the gold. Norway, who won the prize for most notable pants in the tournament, made a couple of crucial mistakes early in the final and Canada didn't allow them to get back in the game. The Canadian women however missed their chance on eternal glory. They had two chances to clinch the game, but came up short on both occasions. The crowd still gave them a loud cheer though and a silver medal is still something to be proud of.
Besides the typical Canadian sports (ice hockey and curling) I also went to the cross country skiing at Whistler Olympic Park. It was the 4x5 relay for women. The weather added another dimension as it was snowing, raining, overcast and even sunny during the race. So not only the skiers but also the ski technicians were important part of the teams. After an exciting race Norway ran away with the gold and there was a close battle for second place, with Germany just edging out Finland.
After the race I went up to Whistler to check out the other host city. It was like a miniature version of the Olympics, more intimate than Vancouver, but the enthousiasm of the people there was just as big at the least. In my opinion that's what makes the Games a success. It's not just about the quality of the ice and snow, but also about exciting events and great support by the spectactors, both local and international.
This was supposed to be just a quick update with more elaborate stories to follow later, so I better leave it at this for now, or I won't have anything to add anymore.
TravelPosted by Moose 2010-02-01 16:44
Just a couple of weeks to go before the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver (and Whistler)! I’ll still be in Netherlands during the first week of the Games, but at least I don’t have to go to work and I can watch everything on (digital) television.
I fly from Amsterdam to Vancouver on February 22nd. The next day I’ll mostly be at the Vancouver Olympic Centre for the final preliminary rounds of the curling tournaments. From 2 pm tot 5 pm it’s up to the men. Of the four games being played at the same time, Scotland versus Norway promises to be the most exciting. From 7 pm tot 10 pm it’s the ladies’ turn, including the reigning champions Sweden against this year’s European champions Germany.
Wednesday is hockey day, as I’ll be attending two quarter finals at Canada Hockey Place. Of course the outcome of the round robin will determine which teams I’ll be seeing, but according to Wikipedia the United States and Canada will play in these matches if qualified (which shouldn’t be a problem).
Originally I hadn’t planned anything for Thursday, but when Cosport made an announcement they had some extra tickets, I decided to add a day trip to Whistler. It wouldn’t be much of a Winter Olympic experience without seeing snow and mountains, would it? So I’m going to take an early bus and watch the 4x5 km relay for women at Whistler Olympic Park. Instead of taking the bus back directly, I’ll probably go down to Whistler Village and do some sightseeing, before heading back later in the day. At night I might go see Wintersleep performing at the Richmond O Zone.
I’ve got a quiet day next with just the women’s curling final from 3 pm to 6 pm. That gives me ample time to explore Vancouver some more. I’ll be back at the Vancouver Olympic Centre the following day for the men’s curling final. Following that I intend to go down to Richmond, to check out the speed skating venue (which is build on the site of the RV Park I once stayed at), the infamous Holland Heineken House and concerts by The Dudes and The Stills at the O Zone. Although it’s my final night in Vancouver I probably won’t make it too late, as my bus leaves at 7 am the next morning. I’ll spend another week in Canada (a little more east) before I fly back to Amsterdam on March 5th.
If you want to try to spot me on TV during the Olympics, here’s where I’ll be sitting:
Feb 23 1400-1700 Curling men’s preliminaries: section 203, row 10, seat 19
Feb 23 1900-2200 Curling women’s preliminaries: section 202, row 16, seat 29
Feb 24 1200-1430 Ice hockey men’s quarter final: section 325, row 15, seat 9
Feb 24 1630-1900 Ice hockey men’s quarter final: section 324, row 12. seat 9
Feb 25 1100-1215 Cross country skiing 4x5km relay women: section 203, row 5, seat 28
Feb 26 1500-1800 Curling women’s final: section 202, row 11, seat 37
Feb 27 1500-1800 Curling men’s final: section 209, row 2, seat 33
See vancouver2010.com for maps of the venues. (or just look for the only guy in orange amongst all the Canadians)
and MorePosted by Moose 2009-12-23 12:21
MusicPosted by Moose 2009-12-20 11:23
The end of the year is approaching, so it's time for lists. This year I'll start with the top 97 concerts I attended:
1. Our Lady Peace @ Logo, Hamburg (Duitsland) 2002
2. Muse @ Vorst Nationaal, Brussel (België) 2003
3. Doves @ Olympia Theatre, Dublin (Ierland) 2005
4. Manic Street Preachers @ Brighton Centre, Brighton (Engeland) 2007
5. Our Lady Peace @ Skyreach Center, Edmonton (Canada) 2000
6. Interpol @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2004
7. Eels @ Nighttown, Rotterdam 2003
8. Rammstein @ Palais Omnisport de Paris-Bercy, Parijs (Frankrijk) 2009
9. Something Corporate @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2003
10. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
11. Hawksley Workman @ Lowlands 2002
12. Amos Lee @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2005
13. Madrugada @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2008
14. Johan @ Stadssschouwburg Leiden 2009
15. Feist @ Massey Hall, Toronto (Canada) 2007
16. Our Lady Peace @ Botanique, Brussel (België) 2002
17. Oceansize @ Tivoli de Helling, Utrecht 2003
18. Caribou @ Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht 2007
19. Nine Inch Nails @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
20. Metallica @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
21. Hooverphonic @ 013, Tilburg 2004
22. Damien Rice @ Lowlands 2007
23. Coldplay @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2005
24. Incubus @ Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam 2002
25. Ok Go @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2007
26. Lukewarm @ Café Bolle, Tilburg 2003
27. Monza @ De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam 2005
28. Oceansize @ Botanique, Brussel (België) 2004
29. The Weakerthans @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2003
30. Muse @ Sportpaleis, Antwerpen (België) 2006
31. Cave In @ Vorst Nationaal, Brussel (België) 2003
32. Interpol @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2007
33. Rammstein @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
34. Wir Sind Helden @ Munsterland, Münster (Duitsland) 2007
35. Danko Jones @ Lowlands 2002
36. Hawksley Workman @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2008
37. Kings Of Leon @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
38. Stereophonics @ Skyreach Center, Edmonton (Canada) 2000
39. The Good, The Bad & The Queen @ Lowlands 2007
40. The Immediate @ Olympia Theatre, Dublin (Ierland) 2005
41. Turin Brakes @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2003
42. Nine Inch Nails @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
43. Editors @ Lowlands 2005
44. Cornershop @ O2 Wireless Festival, Londen (Engeland) 2008
45. Manic Street Preachers @ Lokerse Feesten, Lokeren (België) 2009
46. Johan @ Rotown, Rotterdam 2009
47. Mogwai @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
48. Athlete @ Lowlands 2005
49. Arctic Monkeys @ Rock Werchter (België) 2006
50. Muse @ Sportpaleis, Antwerpen (België) 2009
51. Elbow @ Watt, Rotterdam 2008
52. Bloc Party @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2009
53. Jimmy Eat World @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2002
54. Placebo @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
55. Sigur Ros @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2003
56. Amos Lee @ Bitterzoet, Amsterdam 2006
57. Maxïmo Park @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2008
58. Wir Sind Helden @ Poppodium Harderberg 2007
59. Three Doors Down @ 013, Tilburg 2003
60. System of a Down @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
61. Grandaddy @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2003
62. The Thermals @ 013, Tilburg 2003
63. Bloc Party @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2004
64. Jimmy Eat World @ Lowlands 2007
65. Marilyn Manson @ Lowlands 2005
66. Feeder @ Rockin’ Park, Nijmegen 2005
67. Face Tomorrow @ Noorderslag, Groningen 2005
68. Hoobastank @ 013, Tilburg 2004
69. 30 Seconds To Mars @ Tivoli Oudegracht, Utrecht 2007
70. Raymond van ‘t Groenewoud @ Marktrock, Leuven (België) 2008
71. Hooverphonics @ Het Depot, Leuven (België) 2007
72. The Kooks @ Rock Werchter (België) 2006
73. The View @ Lowlands 2007
74. The Killers @ Rock Werchter 2009
75. Robbie Williams @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2005
76. Coldplay @ Goffertpark, Nijmegen 2003
77. Foo Fighters @ Lowlands 2005
78. Liquido @ Botanique, Brussel (België) 2005
79. Bloodhound Gang @ Effenaar, Eindhoven 2005
80. Lady Gaga @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
81. Tears For Fears @ Ahoy, Rotterdam 2006
82. Dave Matthews Band @ Rock Werchter (België) 2009
83. Hell Is For Heroes @ IJsselhallen, Zwolle 2003
84. Audioslave @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
85. Audio Bullys @ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 2004
86. Goldfrapp @ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 2008
87. Massive Attack @ Westergasfabriek, Amsterdam 2008
88. Fatboy Slim @ O2 Wireless Festival, Londen (Engeland) 2008
89. The Thrills @ Melkweg, Amsterdam 2003
90. Silkstone @ Paradiso, Amsterdam 2003
91. Milow @ Het Depot, Leuven (België) 2008
92. Laïs @ De Brakke Grond, Amsterdam 2005
93. I Am Kloot @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2005
94. Seeed @ Hurricane Festival (Duitsland) 2003
95. Tool @ Lowlands 2007
96. Avril Lavigne @ Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam 2003
97. Wintersleep @ Paard van Troje, Den Haag 2009
and MorePosted by Moose 2009-12-20 11:16
Een mooi cadeau uitkiezen kost vaak veel tijd. Maar wanneer je erin slaagt om het perfecte geschenk voor iemand te kiezen, geeft jou dat net zo'n goed gevoel als de ontvanger. Van een liefdevol gekozen cadeau worden dus twee mensen blij!
Maar het kiezen van een cadeau valt vaak niet mee - zeker als het iets bijzonders moet zijn. Voor de echt unieke presentjes moet je vaak naar speciale winkels. En online is het aanbod van internetshops zo groot dat je al heel snel door de bomen het bos niet meer ziet.
Xkies wil je helpen bij het kiezen van mooie cadeaus voor speciale mensen of speciale gelegenheden. Dat doen we geheel onafhankelijk. Onze redactie heeft een selectie gemaakt uit het aanbod van ruim honderd webwinkels en de meest bijzondere cadeaus van deze sites geselecteerd.
We hebben bij onze keuze niet de weg van de minste weerstand genomen. Natuurlijk vind je bij Xkies producten van grote, bekende webwinkels, maar ook unieke presentjes van webshops die je niet altijd makkelijk tegenkomt, online winkels die hippe gadgets verkopen en webwinkels die gespecialiseerd zijn in het allerleukste kinderspeelgoed.
TravelPosted by Moose 2009-12-12 12:07
Although I’ve been to Paris on multiple occasions, this is the first photo shoot of Moose in the French capital. A city famous for fashion and other cultural activities, like haute cuisine, classical music and great cinema. All of these were featured in our trip, but probably not quite like the French had foreseen it. Unless you count the Adidas-shop as a boutique, a Pizza Bruno at Pizza Pino as an exquisite meal, Rammstein as a class act and Zombieland as a great movie. Which I do!
But Paris didn’t help much either. Each time we tried to do something really ‘cultural’, we were conned. For instance, when we went to Montparnasse to get a nice panoramic view of the beautiful city of Paris, all we got to see was the inside of a cloud. Although the morning sun was beginning to get covered by some clouds, we could still see the top of the building from street level, so we thought we’d be just in time to enjoy the sights. But as soon as the elevator reached the top (in 38 seconds), we knew we were in trouble. Only if you looked straight down you could see something. We ordered some jus d’orange and apple pie and waited for the fog to blow over, but after an hour it seemed unlikely this would ever happen (at least not that day). In the mean time we participated in the treasure hunt by taking quizzes at different computer boots, only to discover that the final one was out of order.
The ten euros we lost by going up the tower, we made up at the Louvre, which turned out to be free. Nobody seemed to know why. We explored one of the wings, including the Egyptian section (as if I hadn’t seen enough hieroglyphs for one year) and the paintings of Dutch masters. After a quick glimpse at some of the belongings of Napoleon we decided to cross the central hall over to the section were the famous Mona Lisa is displayed. This turned out to be a costly mistake, because suddenly the admission to the museum wasn’t free anymore and we couldn’t get back in, without standing in line for very long and paying. Dutch as we are, we opted to go do something else.
When our feet were starting to get tired from shopping, mostly at Fnacs and the ‘absolutely gigantic’ Virgin Megastore, we wanted to go see a movie to get some rest. We’d seen a poster advertising Zombieland, which seemed to be a good choice. However, we couldn’t quite remember where we had seen it. We traced back our steps to the Place de la Bastille, where we had dinner at Chez Paul the night before and the Place de la République, where the metro didn’t want to go any further so we took a short walk around, but where unable to find the movie theatre (there were others, but they only showed art house movies or French dubbed versions). After consulting our guide book of Paris, we went to the big cinema at the Champs Elysées. It turned out to be so big, that it had four different entrances and we had to be at the last one, near the Arc de Triomphe.
Zombieland was worth it however. A typical zombie movie, but very funny. It’s actually a sweet teenage love story, but set in a gruesome world, where zombies have taken over just about anything and only a few people manage to survive, sometimes in pretty ingenious ways. The main character, a geeky boy, has made a list of useful tips, like Beware of Toilets and always Double Tap (in other words make sure the zombie is really exterminated). But of course the story is of minor importance to the bloody and violent, but witty ways the zombies get slaughtered.
The movie was a nice warm-up for the main event, the reason why we went to Paris in the first place: Rammstein. This German metal band, renowned for the use of pyrotechnics to accompany the loud music, played in Paris-Bercy (a venue I’d always wanted to go to ever since seeing Formula 1 and other race car drivers battling there on go-karts in the nineties). It’s a nice venue. The exterior has the shape of a pyramid, with the top cut off, and the walls are partly covered with astroturf. Inside it’s big and wide, but not as depressing as most stadiums (like the Amsterdam Arena or Gelredome). The sound quality is alright as well. The only thing Bercy lacks, is a cloakroom. It gets a bit warm, wearing a jacket, while struggling to stay afoot amongst dozens of pogo’ing fans, while big flames are being thrust into the hall.
The show was as spectacular as you can expect from Rammstein. Lots of explosions, firework and other extravagancies and over-acting by mainly the singer and the keyboard player. The latter also took a tour through the audience on a rubber boat and walked on a treadmill for over half of the show. Meanwhile the band played solidly through their set that consisted of a lot of songs from their new album Liebe Ist Für Alle Da and ‘classics’ like Du Hasst, Sonne, Ich Will and Benzin. For the final song of the night, Engel, the singer wore an impressive contraption, huge angel wings that could open up and that had flame-throwers on the extremities.
Shattered but satisfied we returned to our hotel. The next morning we enjoyed our last croissant breakfast and after some final shopping we returned to Gare du Nord to take the Thalys back home.