Sunny Saturday in Amsterdam

September 23, 2017 Leave a comment

A sunny day in Amsterdam leads to dog walks and grocery shopping via bicycle. My bike’s pannier is from Albert Heijn, the big grocery chain in the area, and it has a print of a stroopwafel on the side.


Lunchtime walk in Amsterdam

September 21, 2017 4 comments

Human, the movie

September 20, 2017 Leave a comment

You may have noticed I like sharing short stories of my adventures. I probably get that from my dad who has written a few short stories about his life growing up in North Dakota. With those in mind, there is a series of videos called HUMAN. Watch them on YouTube, I suggest starting with Volume 1, then 2, and finally 3. The short stories are by people from all around the world, and they include people explaining their experiences on love, killing, and everything in between. It’s best to turn on Closed Captioning (the little CC icon on the bottom right of the video player) so you can see where the person is from.

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Old tram in Amsterdam

September 17, 2017 Leave a comment

I think you can rent old trams, because we’ve seen a double car version with what looked like a wedding reception happening on it. They don’t stop to pick up passengers either.

Old tram in Amsterdam

Bike ride along the Amstel river

September 16, 2017 1 comment

Last weekend we went for a nice bike ride with a friend along the Amstel river. It’s flat the entire way and doesn’t take long to get into farmland.

Filming Our HHI Episode (behind the scenes)

September 13, 2017 Leave a comment

Now that our episode of House Hunters International has aired, we can share some photos from our experience. If you missed it, you can watch “A Doggie Dilemma in Amsterdam” on HGTV or on YouTube.

A few interesting things to know:

  1. We really did get the dogs passports at the vet during the filming.
  2. I don’t usually wear my shirt sort of unbuttoned, but I needed to for the microphone to work with my high-collared shirt.
  3. The YouTube version cuts off before one of our favorite scenes, where I (for some reason) tell Piper that she’s fluffy. Watch it on HGTV (online or find it on-demand)
  4. Our friends at the end are Cathy, who can speak some Dutch since she lives here, and Abby who flew in from New York to help watch the dogs while filming.
  5. Xaviera really is a real estate agent in Amsterdam, not an actor.
  6. The filming in Amsterdam took 4 days, but we had to pay attention to our wardrobe and wear the same things for the house scenes so it looked like we saw them all on the same day.
  7. We had 1 camera man, 1 sound guy, 1 director, and 1 “runner” who would deal with whatever city stuff needed to be done, drive the crew around, and get them snacks and lunch.
  8. We’re glad we don’t work in television; there’s too much standing around!
  9. There’s much more to tell, but probably best left to tell in person.

Our House Hunters International Episode

September 7, 2017 2 comments

The dogs will finally get their television debut in on September 11th. That’s when you can tune into HGTV to see our episode of House Hunters International.

Here’s how HGTV describes it:

Season 110, Episode 3
A Doggie Dilemma in Amsterdam
A San Francisco couple is thrilled when a job transfer takes them and their beloved poodles to Amsterdam. While the city is extremely dog friendly, the housing market isn’t as welcoming with steep stairs and a lack of outdoor space in virtually every home. Finding a place that works for the dogs might not work for their humans.

Monday, Sep 11 at 10:30pm (Eastern) on HGTV
Tuesday, Sep 12 at 1:30am (Eastern) on HGTV

Filming it was a 5-day experience, with 1 day in San Francisco and 4 days in Amsterdam.



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