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German guests

In the meantime I am welcoming guests from many countries in my accommodation. People from countries within, as well as outside of Europe. And I must say that – despite the attempts of the EU to turn the various member states into one melting-pot, I am happy with the large differences in culture, language and traditions of the various countries. Continue reading

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Moment of fame

The other day I was phoned by the editorial staff of the German show WISO. They asked if I wanted to cooperate in an episode of ‘WISO mit Nick, unterwegs mit 150 Euro in Den Haag’. Speed was of the essence because the show was already planned to be aired on the public channel ZDF in two weeks. Continue reading

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Guest column: The language of cooking

She spent hours learning the English translation of the words she has been living with all of her life: aglio – garlic, cipolle – onions, melanzana – eggplant, cucinare – to cook. Repeat: aglio – garlic, cipolle – onions, melanzana – eggplant, cucinare – to cook. Why is this language so difficult! Cooking delicious dishes is a lot easier. Continue reading

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Peak periods

There are days when everyone seems to be planning to go to the coast of The Hague. Like last June, during the weekend before Whitsun. The annual sailing match that was held at the coast, in combination with fantastic weather forecasts, provided me with a tsunami of reservation requests. Continue reading

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Annoying guests

When people ask me why I ended my ICT-career a couple of years ago, and started a bed and breakfast, I always answer that I like having happy guests. Instead of critical co-workers and clients I now see happy people sitting at breakfast.. Continue reading

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