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Kapalıçarşı/The Grand Bazaar of Istanbul

Robert Schuddeboom,
17 Feb 2016

Almost 100 mln visitors per year and a rent of 3,500 usd per month per m2: this truly is Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, in Turkey known as Kapalıçarşı, the oldest shopping centre […]

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Slowbiking en verkeersinfarcten

Arjen Uijterlinde,
11 Dec 2015

Wat hebben slowbiking en verkeersinfarcten in Brazilië met elkaar te maken? Het gaat allebei langzaam, zult u denken. Inderdaad hebben de grote steden in Brazilië – steden groter dan de […]

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Pera Palace – fin de siècle in 2015

Robert Schuddeboom,
4 Nov 2015

My wedding ring? I gave it to my wife in Pera Palace. Where else? Several of my blogs are about the rapid modernization of Istanbul’s infrastructure. Istanbul however is also […]

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Groundwater: The invisible part of the cycle

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
2 Nov 2015

photo: The Dutch ‘Polderlandschap’ Almost all parts of the natural water cycle are visible: clouds, rain/snow, surface water in rivers and oceans. People are able to connect flooding and drought to […]

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A Turkish Randstad, with a blue heart

Robert Schuddeboom,
31 Oct 2015

I travel a lot in Turkey, just as I did over 30 years ago, when I visited Turkey for the first time. The hospitality of its people, the historic sites […]

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Zomer: een dagje ambassadeur

Paul van Oostveen,
22 Jul 2015

T-shirt Yes we camp

Vorig jaar was de ambassadeur uitgenodigd in Bovec, waar een Nederlander door de burgemeester gehuldigd werd omdat hij daar voor het 50e jaar zijn vakantie doorbracht. Vorig jaar lukte het […]

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Fourth of July celebrations in San Francisco

Does the fact that you are reading my 100th blog need extra attention? I wouldn’t know why because I plan on writing 100 more. Or should the fact that I […]

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skyscrapers Istanbul

Without much ado in greater Istanbul a series of multi-billion dollar infrastructural projects is being implemented putting Istanbul on the first spot when it comes to new infrastructure in Europe. […]

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Mayor Aboutaleb

The White House will host a summit next week on countering violent extremism while highlighting homegrown terrorism in an international context. It will deal with the radicalization, recruiting and inspiring […]

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(c) picture Haberindeks

(c. picture Haberindeks) A patient undergoing an eye treatment in Istanbul. A few months ago, while travelling by bus, a man asked me: ‘Do you know where I need to […]

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Out of the free university boxes

Hugo Von Meijenfeldt,
11 Feb 2015

Vrije Universiteit

My first week spent in the Netherlands was a productive one. I will sum up several affairs I am dealing with here that CGSF is involved in. The visit of […]

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11 doden: rustige nacht

John Groffen,
26 Jan 2015


Een vrachtwagen dat aandacht vraagt voor ontvoerde meisjes in Noordoost-Nigeria Als reactie op de aanslag op Charlie Hebdo op 7 januari vonden wereldwijd grote demonstraties plaats. Maar vrijwel meteen stelde […]

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