85 photos, 1 panorama and 5 movies

Too early, sunday morning, we departed for England. Too early was a true word, ’cause my sister in all her enthousiasm booked the car ferry the wrong way. So after we’d been told that we couldn’t go from Dover to Calais starting in France, our tickets were corrected and we cought a boat several hours earlier than was necessary (in addition to the extra hour we won by moving up a notch in the timezones). It was however very relaxed to arrive early at our destination, so no harm done. The ride on the ferry was a bit rough, but all in all the journey went quite well.

We had three mornings of golfing lessons, and five days in total on which we could freely use the driving range and the golf course, which is a very nice 18 holes course. The golfing lessons were in one word: splendid. Never thought I could learn that much in so little time. They work with a multiple view camera system with which they can show you exactly what you’re doing wrong (looks like everything to start with) and what you do right (which was actually a lot after those lessons). It was a real pleasure to follow your own progress and that of the others, and it even showed on the course itself. Although on three of the afternoons the rain really poured out of the skies, we didn’t let that stop us. We had a warm hotelroom with a bath to return to, and a clubhouse for good food (and beer). We were rewarded for our persistence with a couple of warmer, almost-sunny days at the end of the week (which is really enough weather-wise for a good game of golf).

After departure (it was fun to practice my lefthand-driving again, hadn’t done that since South Africa) and a much more gentle ferry ride, we travelled home in about ten hours time (including our missing timezone hour). I’m almost losing faith in the continuity of time, having set the clock an hour back again this morning… might also have to do with watching The hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy last night ;). Still have to read the book though.

Sunday morning, very early, I depart for England, together with my father and sister, for a short holiday. We are staying at the Sedlescombe Golf Club, we’ll have some golfing lessons, and play some rounds while enjoying this beautiful environment. Now let’s just hope for some good weather…

Photos from yesterdays visit to Essen are posted here.

Games played or followed playing:

  • Die Säulen der Erde
    looks very promising
  • Cleopatra
    very nice game, easy to learn, some interesting aspects
  • Fiji
    simple game, bad explanation so played it completely wrong… which wasn’t very fun
  • Yinsh
    good as ever, but Peter is waaaay to good at it 😛

People we’ve met:

  • Peter [vleeseter] and Eloïne [Eloine] who I came with
  • Britta [geoline] who will be there all days
  • Roland [Rincewind] who is demoing at the Days of wonder stand
  • Menno [Xom] and Suzan [Suzan], both there for all days
  • Thea [eyeplay], her first time on the fair

Games I bought in alphabetical order:
Blokus, Cartagena 2, Einfach Genial – Reiseedition, El Grande, Emerald, Goldrush-City, Haps, Inka, Maharaja, Piranha Pedro, Power Grid (Funkenschlag), Power Grid – Benelux/Central Europe, Raub Ritter, Reef Encounter, San Juan, Through the Desert, Turbo Taxi.
Or look at the pretty pictures ;).

Games bought at EssenI’m back from Essen… bought quite some games, played a couple, and had a fun day over all. Pictures to follow soon.

Tomorrow is the day! Then starts Spiel ’06, world’s biggest public boardgame fair, in Essen, Germany. I leave tomorrow morning and will be looking around during the day. There are quite some games on my list to look at, play, and possibly buy. Let’s just hope I can restrain myself a little…

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Bekijk zelf De aparte EERKO-aanpak, gerichte EERKO-service en “nauwgezette” EERKO prijs… maar vergeet niet dat ík vakantie heb :P.

Well, there it is. The summer has come and gone and finally I have an (in my opinion) well-deserved vacation. The first week passed fairly quickly as I actually worked a couple of afternoons of it, and was busy putting together the Ikea chairs I bought. They look good though, together with my new dinner table. That first week ended splendidly together with my new girlfriend :D.
Yesterday Martijn Prins visited, with lots of stories to tell about his travels the last year. Check out his site later, as soon as he’s finished updating it with new photos and movies.
Now I’m busy creating this new site, working out the design and content. I’ve wanted to create something like this for a while now, because I had a couple of sites scattered over the internet and I wasn’t that good at updating them regularly. This one should make things easier. It’ll take a couple of days more to put everything in it though; I have to enjoy the sun as long it’s still here ;).