my story

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1957 - Groningen     groningen

born on Palm Sunday (14 April)

1957 - 1958 - Glimmen     the netherlands

stayed with Opa and Oma Hogen Esch on their farm, "Weerdenbras", at the Groninger Punt

1958 - 1960 - Mogadishu, Somalia     somalia

crèche - the nuns (italian - my mother tongue, which I no longer speak.)
We were present when Somalia achieved independence.

1960 - 1964 - Kabul, Afghanistan     afghanistan

German School of Kabul - kindergarten (German)
Ahlman Academy (American)

1965 - 1966 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania     tanzania

International School of Tanganyika (Britsh)
We were present when Tanzania was formed.

United States     usa

1966 - 1967 - Eastchester, New York

Greenvale School

1967 - 1975 - Huntington Station, New York

Jefferson Elementary School
Robert K. Toaz Jr. High School
Huntington High School

1975 - 1981 - Scarsdale, New York

home base during my studies in Canada

Canada     canada

1975 - 1980 - Sackville, New Brunswick

Mount Allison Univerity

1980 - 1981 - Windsor, Ontario

University of Windsor

United States     usa

1981 - 1984 - Montauk, New York

old fishermen never die, they just smell that way!

the Netherlands     the netherlands


1985 - 1999 - Maarssen

1999 - 2000 - Glimmen

2000 - 2006 - Zuidlaren

2006 - 2007 - Kabul, Afghanistan     afghanistan

Dutch Committee for Afghanistan

the Netherlands     the netherlands


2007 - 2013 - Zuidlaren


2013 → the Hague


hobbies & interests

  • foreign affairs, religion & current events
  • history, archaeology & anthropology
  • building and construction, architecture, wood working & DIY
  • reading
  • cycling
  • computer skills & web design
  • watching Rugby Union & the NFL
  • avid follower (via media) of the Giro, Tour & Vuelta

the climate change nightmare
source: Getty Images

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  • Glimmen, the Netherlands
    Glimmen, the Netherlands

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Gesira, Somalia
    Gesira, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Gesira, Somalia
    Gesira, Somalia

  • Gesira, Somalia
    Gesira, Somalia

  • Mogadishu, Somalia
    Mogadishu, Somalia

  • Kabul, Afghanistan
    Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Kabul, Afghanistan
    Kabul, Afghanistan

  • Huntington, NY, USA
    Huntington, NY, USA

  • Glimmen, the Netherlands
    Glimmen, the Netherlands

  • Scarsdale, NY, USA
    Scarsdale, NY, USA

  • Heegmeer, the Netherlands
    Heegmeer, the Netherlands

  • Scheveningen, the Netherlands
    Scheveningen, the Netherlands

  • Scheveningen, the Netherlands
    Scheveningen, the Netherlands

  • Groningen, the Netherlands
    Groningen, the Netherlands

  • Zuidlaren, the Netherlands
    Zuidlaren, the Netherlands

  • Shekari, Afghanistan
    Shekari, Afghanistan

  • Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
    Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

  • Shekari, Afghanistan
    Shekari, Afghanistan

  • Shekari, Afghanistan
    Shekari, Afghanistan

  • Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan
    Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan

  • Salang Pass, Afghanistan
    Salang Pass, Afghanistan

  • Scarsdale, NY, USA
    Scarsdale, NY, USA

  • Scheveningen, the Netherlands
    Scheveningen, the Netherlands

  • Scheveningen, the Netherlands
    Scheveningen, the Netherlands

  • Diedrichshagen, Germany
    Diedrichshagen, Germany (Jan Uhlrich country)

  • Scheveningen, the Netherlands
    Scheveningen, the Netherlands