Geocaching

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There seems to be treasure all around us! Well sort of. Try geocaching! Geocachers seek out treasures called ‘geocaches’ hidden by other players around the world. Players use GPS to track down these geocaches, usually small containers with a paper logbook inside allowing the players to mark their find. In the Netherlands there are over 50.000, covering most of the country. I looked up our home address and found one 500 meters away, so we checked it out. Using the little GPS map in the iPhone app, we reached the destination. We searched for a few minutes and suddenly we noticed a small water pipe at a tree root. We found that we could detach a part and we unscrewed the lid to find the geocache inside. A perfect hiding location! We went over the logbook notes and saw that this geocache is visited almost daily, with visitors as far as Germany. Finding these geocaches matches our walking habit quite nicely, the geocaches in the city are sometimes very nicely kept!

I’ll Never Trust a Padlock Again

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Suna had lost the padlock key at the airport. At first we were frustrated that we couldn’t get to her stuff but with an ordinary paperclip and 5 minutes, we were unpacking! I simply used one paperclip, broke it in two and used both ends to wrickle the padlock open. I never imagined it would be that easy!

Disturbed by phone use around me, trying to put mine away

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a basket with a note 'Be with the friends who are here' as taken from Reddit, the topic raised a lot of questions about our mobile use at dinners and parties.We are left with a society pulling out phone’s all the time, and of-course we know that it’s changing lives and behavior. Seeing kids play their games on their parents iPads in restaurants, I wonder how they will look at their technology.
Picture a family dinner table discussion, a word is forgotten… Just a few years ago, each one at the table would start thinking really hard until one person remembered, and shouts it out, sometimes a few minutes later. Do you know that feeling? Today, usually someone grabs their shiny phone and start searching online. You can’t deny that a smartphone brings convenience – instant intelligence if you will – but isn’t this back-of-mind digging good for firing up the weakening neurons in our brains? (Let alone that conversations usually turn to that brand of smartphone at this point) I believe that remembering, let alone having a good conversation needs time away from the smartphone. This post derives from an event we had during a circus visit. While I have no opinion yet how to raise a child, I found something somewhat troubling: I’m talking about the parents who got into a conversation while waiting for the circus-show to start and handing their daughter a white iPhone. The girl started playing Angry birds. Soon a spectacular circus show started, but the little girl didn’t raise her head… for the entire evening. I started feeling very sorry for her generation there is a lot more out there then slinging a few birds on an iPhone. She is missing out! After that occurrence I start noticing it on flights and in restaurants; kids looking only to phones, missing out on the world and conversation. I started wondering how they look at these gadgets, I can imagine that at one point the novelty and coolness factor will disappear. Perhaps even a new subculture will start to exist that makes a point out of putting their phone technology down. Perhaps they might be praising the art of conversation and living in the moment. Disclaimer: I’m actually one of those heavy phone users. You know, the guy with the phone at the dinner-table but i’m starting to question my addiction.