ABBA Magazine

Attending the fan club preview of the ABBA Museum

A few months ago I was asked to write a couple of articles for the magazine of the International ABBA Fan Club. A copy of the magazine arrived in the mail this week, and so I thought I'd share them here both for general interest, and as an online archive. ABBA DAY REPORT “If you’re [...]

From Amsterdam to Reykjavik

Not exactly sure where, but possibly some islands off the coast of Norway.

I wasn't entirely sure why the train trip from Amsterdam to Copenhagen would take fifteen hours. Leaving at 7.00pm on Sunday night and arriving at 10.00am Monday seemed like an awfully slow train. I booked it because it was the easiest, cheapest way for me to get from Amsterdam to Copenhagen. Yes, I know I [...]

Five Hours in Amsterdam

Outdoor Church Service in Amsterdam

“Would you like to join us for karaoke?' the young woman standing nearby asked me. As I looked at the list of available songs (all of which were in Dutch) there was one which caught my eye, “Tulpen uit Amsterdam”. With a slight twinkle in my eye, I looked at her and said, “I'll give [...]

Public Transport

I've had some amazing experiences with public transport over the last few months. I've been to modern cities. I've been to old cities. I've been to highly developed western economics. I've been to emerging former communist states. I've been to "super cities" in Asia. And guess what they all had? An integrated, effective public transport [...]

Hello from Berlin

After an early evening nap, I headed back to the Amstel Tavern last night. The same barman from the other night was there again, and after chatting for a while I found out he was actually Scottish. You would never know from his accent he was from Aberdeen. I though he was Dutch who had [...]

Lovin’ Amsterdam

They ring their bells too much. They don't wear helmets, and don't use their lights at night, and their bicycles are mostly fairly drab. This isn't!

“You should join the queues early”, I was advised by both Marco and Peter. And they were right: the museum queues in Amsterdam are extraordinarily long. Once inside the Van Gogh Museum, I was amazed, first of all, at how many people there were. And secondly, I was amazed at how many people weren't actually [...]