in the netherlands

walk this way

some links to share: * kiss by the hotel de ville, by robert doisneau was sold for over 155k euros. even though the kiss was staged, it’s such a beautiful picture. :)
* soduku: fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3×3 box contains the digits 1 through 9. so addicting!
* david fonseca redesigned his web place (let’s wait for more regular updates :P)

and a note on the personal side:
* groningen it is, after a lot of last minute hesitations and confusions… dealing with the lack of protocols isn’t easy and we got our share of funny replies like this one, from leiden: "We do not have a Socrates programme with your department, and we do not like to start one, so I am sorry to tell you, but you’ll have to find another university for your stay abroad." :P go find someplace else, you’re not welcome here!
in the end, we decided to play it safe and stick to the only university who was offering us some decent garanties. meanwhile i used flickr to discover what the city was like. i found lots of photos tagged "groningen" and even some nice people who helped me getting an insight of what it was like living there. here’s an excerpt from an email from folkert’s ( aka designerd) who kindly shared his thoughts about the city with us:
"I can truly congratulate you on your choice to go to Groningen. I might be a bit biased, well a lot actually, but I’ll try to give an accurate idea.
Groningen is a fairly small city (about the sixth biggest in The Netherlands), yet the biggest in the north. It has a very young population, due to the presence of a university and several other educational institutions.
Due to this young population, Groningen has a vivid nightlife: a lot of bars, clubs and venues. And the best part: most of them are open 24/7, which is pretty unique. Most bars in other cities close at 3 in the night.
OK, you are right about the climate. It might not be as great as Portugal’s, but the Groningen summers can be nice and warm, and at times…wet. :-)
Living in Groningen is great. At least, that’s what I think. You have all the pros of living in a city, but if you like you can be in a more rural environment in no time."

sounds great! (and at the same time, it really feels similar to braga…) we’ll get used to it ireally quick! :D

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