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August 09, 2005

Caves turned inside out

I went to Luxemburg a couple of weeks ago. Yes, it's very close to Belgium, but I'd only ever stopped there on the way to somewhere else. It seems Belgians only go to Luxemburg to stop for gas or to buy cigarettes. Actually that's not true, I met loads of Belgian tourists, but that's what it sounded like when I was looking for info.

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Posted by Karlien at 09:22 PM
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August 08, 2005

Berlin Pix

KŲpenick

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Posted by Karlien at 06:16 PM
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July 10, 2005

Waiting for buses and bizarre stuff in Berlin

I went to Berlin two weeks ago (yes, I know, Im totally neglecting this blog). Its the ideal destination for a short (in the case 4-day) getaway, as I have friends there I can stay with and hang out with, there's always new things to discover, and it's easy to reach from Antwerp. Or so I thought.

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Posted by Karlien at 04:54 PM
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June 07, 2005

Vlammen en Pijn

Stroomgebied Steenachtige Tunguska, nabij het gehucht Vanavara, Autonoom gebied EvenkiŽ, Russische Federatie
30 juni 2008, 5:17

Ruw duwden de drie mannen Luna tegen een zwartgeblakerde, kale boom. Professor Kuypers hield haar vast terwijl Igor haar handen achter de boom vastbond met ruw, jeukend touw en Alexei haar voeten en benen vastsnoerde. De kleine Sasha stond haar een paar meter verderop aan te kijken, zijn bleke gezicht spookachtig verlicht door de fakkel die naast hen in de grond gestoken was, zijn duim in zijn mond. De jonge antropologe bedacht dat ze zijn leven gered had, maar toch kon ze zich niet met haar lot verzoenen. Ze probeerde te berekenen hoe ver ze zich van het dorp bevonden, en vroeg zich af of er daar iemand was die haar kon en bovendien ook zou willen redden.

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Posted by Karlien at 08:07 PM
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June 04, 2005

Verhaaltje na het slapengaan

Nacht 1

Brenda was klaarwakker. De eerste nacht in een vreemd bed, na de eerste dag in een vreemde stad; het verbaasde haar niet dat ze niet kon slapen, maar het was wel vervelend.

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Posted by Karlien at 10:42 AM
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May 01, 2005

Warsaw and Kazimierz Dolny

Warsaw

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Mourning

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Posted by Karlien at 04:24 PM
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April 16, 2005

Reuzengebergte

Een woordje uitleg voor ik aan het verhaal begin

Dit is een verhaal dat ik heb geschreven voor de verhalenwedstrijd van Fantasy Realm. De gebruikers van het forum mochten stemmen en ik werd twaalfde van vijftien verhalen. Geen groot succes dus. De meeste commentaar die ik erop gekregen heb is eigenlijk wel terecht, vooral dan het feit dat de personages nogal zwart-wit zijn.

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Posted by Karlien at 04:01 PM
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An apology to English speakers

The short stories I will post in this cathegory will all be in Dutch for the time being. If I ever have a lot of time on my hands I may attempt to translate one into English. Or maybe write one directly into English, I have a feeling that would be easier than to translate a story that allready exists, even if I wrote it myself. But don't hold your breath.

Posted by Karlien at 03:54 PM
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Mass hysteria

It was a strange time to be in Poland. Everwhere there were pictures of the pope (amongst others on one side of the palace of culture and sciences, once a present from Stalin), Polish flags with black ribbons, and millions of candles. These stood on the ground before every church (there are even more churches than there are "KFC" fast food restaurants in Warsaw, and that's saying a lot), on every square, around every statue. Now I respect that the pope meant a lot to the Polish nation, not just religiously, but what was going on here seemed closer to mass hysteria than respectful mourning for an old man whose time had come. The first few days it was also eerily quiet on the streets of the Polish capital. No Polish tourists.

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Posted by Karlien at 03:30 PM
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April 03, 2005

Short trip to Warsaw

I know it doesn't sound very exciting, but I'm going to Poland for 5 days next week. I am really looking forward to it, especially as it's the first time I'll be out of the Benelux this year. I just hope everything isn't going to be closed down now the pope died. But even if they do, there's plenty to see and do outside in Warsaw. Hopefully the weather will be nice.

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Posted by Karlien at 03:39 PM
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