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4 days marches + Efteling visit

Since being home from my trip to Germany, I’ve been busy. The monday evening I spent going to a restaurant and after that we had some drinks at one of my town’s breweries. Then we went to watch the 4 days marches firework display which lasted a good 25minutes. After that we went to one of the music stages during the event and stayed there until around 1am due to it being my father’s birthday.

Yesterday we went to the Efteling theme park which is amazing. We spent the entire day there going in rides and we never had to wait longer than 30min for any ride, which is surprisingly good for a nice summer day. There were a bunch of new attractions since the last time I was there, the best being the wooden rollercoaster “Joris en de draak”.

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South Germany trip

I picked up my girlfriend’s sister from the airport in Cologne and proceeded to drive to my girlfriend’s best friend in Munich.

While there we explored Munich and also drove to Austria & saw and visited Neuschwanstein Castle of Disney fame.

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My last name is not the most practical at times

I’m sitting in the waiting room of the hospital for a check up for my broken bone and to hopefully get it removed.

My last name’s Arts, which in Dutch is a synonym for doctor. So I’ve been hearing it a lot around me. The fact that I’ve been sitting here for 30min past appointment time is not helping either.

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Steam Summer Sale 2014

The Steam Summer Sale happened and I grabbed some games there. I didn’t get oo many, because I already own a lot of them and some I didn’t care for.
I also have to admit that I only briefly looked at the frontpage daily and didn’t look further than that.
These are the games I ended up picking up:

  • Baldur’s Gate 2 Enhanced Edition
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed
  • Game Dev Tycoon
  • Brutal Legend
  • Payday 2
  • State of Decay
  • Agarest: Generations of War
  • Octodad: Dadliest Catch
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So I broke my finger….

Which is not awesome. At least it gives me reason to play myPS3/3DS games!

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Rome is a pretty city

These are some of the photos that I quickly made with my phone instead of our camera. But it’s a great city to visit!

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FortaRock Festival 2014

FortaRock-2014-photo-by-Edwin-Smits-89This weekend it was time for FortaRock 2014, so good music, good weather, good company and as an added bonus: me and the girlfriend are together for a year. It’s definitely a cool way to celebrate an anniversary!

My favorite performances of the day were Behemoth, Gojira and Carcass. They were absolutely energetic and soothed the ears. Gojira is always one of those bands that do so well live, that it’s almost criminal in my mind to not go and see them.

We ended up seeing a lot of bands:

  • The Charm The Fury
  • Moonkings
  • Ghost
  • Trivium
  • Behemoth
  • Sabaton
  • Gojira
  • Alter Bridge
  • Carcass
  • Slayer
  • Dimmu Borgir
  • Iron Maiden
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Recently watched Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater

Unsere Mutter Unsere Vater

I quite like series/movies about war, and one of the ones I’ve not seen yet was a mini-series consisting of 3 90-minute movies: Unsere Mutter, Unsere Vater. These movies were very well received, mainly in Germany, and show a group of friends who go into the War, during World War 2. They then in different ways end up on the Eastern front. What I really enjoyed with this series was that it followed the people on a personal level, and you could see the events change them.

The series has some action in it, showing the german/russian front, and it’s of a good quality. When watching you’ll even see a big focus on the people during a firefight, which makes you feel more connected to the characters, and makes you care for their well-being. The characters are all likable in different ways, without them seeming too one-dimensional. They all have goals and dreams they want to achieve, which also may alter as the series progresses. The war as such is not the focus of the series, it’s much more of an ongoing theme than an actual war-movie.

This is why it’s an excellent series that I recommend you watch; it grabs you on a personal level, humanizes people in the war and makes for an incredibly good drama series.

 

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Enjoying the weather at the park

Very nice to have lunch together and afterwards sunbathe.

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What do you do after the beach?

You get some beer and bitterballen at a brewery!

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