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May is now approaching its end and the birds πŸ•ŠοΈ are chirping, filling the air with spring noises. Summer is almost there. There have been quite a few nice things to look back in this month. Let’s go.

✍️ Website

During this last month, I made a few updates to my website. Arguably the most noticeable is the homepage update. Before, I was simply listing the latest dozen posts. Now, I just show the last posts (articles, readings, photos), as well as some favorite posts and the latest six photo articles. Some other minor changes have happened, but I leave that to you.

πŸ„ Life

In the beginning of the month, I visited the πŸš† Spoorwegmuseum in Utrecht. It was an incredible experience and I wrote an article about it where I shared some of the pictures I took, as well as the overall experience.


Two other high points of this month were my trips to both Zeeland and Giethoorn. Just like last year, Zeeland was a bit cold, especially in the sea, but it was nice. Giethoorn was a very nice place. We did a day trip there and got a boat tour by a local that volunteers. The weather β˜€οΈ was nice and I definitely recommend.

Pieter de Graaf

πŸ“š Reading

In the reading department, I started and finished “The Culture Map”. I wrote a review about it, so I’m not going to talk more about it here. In addition, I received a copy of “The Creative Programmer” from Wouter Groeneveld. He kindly gave away a few copies, and I was one of the lucky ones to receive one. I’m almost half-way the book and it’s been positively interesting. Once I finish, I will write a review.

🍿 Entertainment

Regarding movies, I watched the “Bullet Train”. It was quite a nice movie. In the series department, I finished quite a few. But I want to shout out to “Queen Charlotte” and “The Empress”. “Queen Charlotte” is a fictional series which gives more background on Queen Charlotte from Bridgerton. And “The Empress” is based on the real-life story of Empress Elizabeth “Sisi” of Austria.

Last week, I went for a live concert of Pieter de Graaf, a Dutch neoclassical composer. The concert was in Tivoli, in Utrecht. It lasted a bit over one hour and it was very interesting. I’ve never actually heard much from him, but my partner was interested in going, so we did. I’m glad I did and I recommend you to try listening a bit to him.

Have a nice June!