Francina Vrolijk-Bal

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2012 Personal No Comments


Yesterday, we returned from a short trip to England, to my brother and sister-in-law, and our little nephew Willem.

The ferry in Dunkerque

This time, we went by car and ferry: we drove to Dunkerque, took the ferry to Dover, and drove the last part, to their new house in Newbury. “What? Where? Didn’t they live in Bristol?” Yes, they did, but not anymore. They moved earlier this year. We hadn’t been there yet. In fact, we hadn’t seen them since December! Back then, Willem was 7 months and Marijn only 2 months old! So, it was very nice seeing each other again.

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Wednesday, October 15th, 2008 Leisure, Personal No Comments

Family visit

We went away for the weekend, to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Bristol, UK. It had been more than a year since we were there last time. Luckily they come to the Netherlands more often than we go there! 🙂

We had a lovely, relaxed couple of days. On Saturday, we visited Tintern Abbey and made a walk in the surrounding area. On Sunday, we just strolled around through town. Unfortunately, I was a bit sick both days, but that didn’t stop me from walking.

All in all, we had a nice weekend, some time to read a book, chat with each other, and relax.

On the “professional” level: my first month as a software engineer has come and gone. And I’m allowed to stay! I’m very pleased with the job, so far, it’s nice, it’s interesting, and it’s challenging. And with a bit of luck, before long, I will be able to do most of it from home!

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006 Leisure, Personal No Comments


We were away for a few days to visit my brother and sister-in-law in Bristol, again.
And again, we went flying with Easyjet. We were probably somewhat late booking the flights, because there ware quite some differences in prices from one day to the next. Of course, we wanted the cheapest flights, therefore we didn’t go from Friday to Monday, but from Saturday to Tuesday!

So, we arrived on Saturday evening. We were picked up at the airport by my brother and his wife! (Last year, they didn’t have a car yet – they got it about one week after we left – so we had to take the bus then.) They brougt us to their new house.

“Hey”, the observant reader will say, “didn’t they move last year?”
Yes, you’re right, they did. But they moved again. That’s why we went to visit them, to see their new house!

This time they bought a house, and a very nice one too. Brand new, 5 minutes walk from the station, 5 minutes walk from a large shopping centre.

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Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 Leisure, Personal No Comments

I’m still alive

It’s been quite some time since my last update… That’s because it has been very busy at work.

I’ve been working on three articles at the same time.
We had a deadline for a conference on April 9, there was a deadline for a final version of an accepted paper on April 19, and I had a conference in the Slovak Republic from April 21 to April 24. On April 12 there was the registration deadline for that conference, and of course, the trip there had to be arranged. The final version of the article I had to present there was on April 5th, and the presentation itself had to be ready on April 22nd, when I had to present it.

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Tuesday, April 27th, 2004 Personal 1 Comment