19. Amsterdam Vineyard

19. Amsterdam Vineyard

Vineyards, wine makers?

France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Chile, California etc.?


Amsterdam, near Schiphol airport.

Amsteltuin Vineyard, the best kept secret of Amsterdam,

PGK (Petroleum Geologische Kring, The Hague, the Netherlands) 40th  birthday was celebrated with a splendid summer excursion and appropriate educative oenology meeting, august 2018.

I wish to share a few of my notes, musings and pictures with you.

As a geologist it is of course about the geology and terroir of this area, and its relationship with the wines here produced.

Amsteltuin Vineyard has some 3500 grape vines, allowing for about 4000 bottles of different (4), excellent, mainly white wines. More information can be found on their site below indicated.

The  Netherlands has some 40 vineyards and wine makers that produce about 1 million bottles of good quality wine.

Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin – Located near Amsterdam, Amstelveen and Schiphol airport. In a Dutch polder (Bovenkerkerpolder).
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin – Entrance.
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin – 4 excellent wines
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin – Petroleum Geologische Kring – Anniversary 40 years (1978 – 2018)- August 2018 – Geology and Wine, presentation by dr. Anko Lankreijer (not on the picture) of Amsterdam Geology College.
Geology Vinyard Surroundings
Geology de Amstel Vineyard Surroundings (based on data from Vos, 2015) -Location, Bovenkerkerpolder, south of Amsterdam, Amstelveen, in NE map quadrant. Dark brown stands for moss peat (mosveen). The upper layer consisted mainly of peat (Holland Veen). Much of the peat has been removed and mined for heating of the houses, in the last centuries.
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin – Located in a typical Dutch ” polder “. At circa 6-7 meters below sealevel. Near the Amstelriver, protected by the Amsteldijk Zuid, an iconic Dutch dike.
Geology Vinyard Surroundings
Geology de Amsteltuin Vineyard Surroundings, Bovenkerkerpolder – In Dutch – Pleistocene and Holocene geology of the surrounding area.
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin
Terroir Vinyard Amstelland
Terroir Vineyard de Amsteltuin, Bovenkerkerpolder, Cross-section. The surface and shallow subsurface consists of Holocene sediments (11.700 B.C – present day). Made up of salty sands, clays (Calais Formation) overlain by peat (Holland Veen). The sands and clays belong to the marine, transgressive, Calais formation that is about 5 meters thick.  Calais deposition ended 1800 B.C. From then on formation and deposition of the peat (Holland Veen) began. Most of it has been mined and removed such as for heating of the houses. Presence of “ sedimentary  “ peat as part of the terroir is rather unique. On a list of 45 vineyard soil types (Sotheby Wine Encyclopedia 2015) I have not encountered any original peat influenced/dominated terroir, as Amstelland Vineyard. Any wine connoisseur around that can explain the specific influence of the peat? If any? How to recognize its input as well as those of the marine salty sands and clays on the smell, aroma, perfume and bouquet of these typical Dutch wines ? Many thanks in advance. FYI: Lignite (intermediate between peat and coal) is used, but as a fertilizer in Germany and in the Champagne.
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin – The ripening grapes wrapped and protected by a plastic mesh curtain.
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin – Beautiful Dutch roses that accompany the grape vines.
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin – Excellent white Souvignier Adriana wine. – Made from the Souvignier Gris (80%) and Johanniter grapes – The name of the wine comes from the last farm on this location: Adriana Hoeve. How does the peat in the terroir influence and determine the specific taste of Souvignier Adriana ? Any connoisseur around that can answer this (sub)surface question?
Vinyard De Amsteltuin
Vineyard de Amsteltuin- Circa 6-7 meters below sealevel – Probaby one the lowest vinyards and wine cellar in the world – Fermentation vessels.

Please visit their website. For a description of the really excellent wine that they produce and that we tasted and discussed during our meeting.

Though The Netherlands is not (yet) known as a wine producer. Dutchies do produce a few really excellent wines that already have reached an international standard and high level (…similar to their soccer players and trainers, e.g.).

Website de Amsteltuin http://amsterdamwine.nl

Cheers, Proost !

Questions and Musings.

  1. Vineyard de Amsteltuin has a unique vineyard geology (bedrock and overlying soils). Geology determines some of the physical parameters that affect vine performance. That could help to explain the typicity of the wines. The Amsteltuin terroir is different from most other wine producing areas in the world. In the first place because it contains peat as a natural surface, soil and shallow subsurface constituent. It is virtually flat, horizontal and located at some 6 meters below sealevel, in a typical Dutch polder. As such water is always available in the Amsteltuin vineyard substrate. The water level and drainage is strictly and splendidly regulated by the water management system of the polder (Regional Water and Polder Authority).
  2. How does the peat in the terroir influence and determine the specific taste of Souvignier Adriana ? Any wine connoisseur around that can answer this complex and highly sophisticated (sub)surface and oenological question?
  3. Or ?

    ” Finally, the notion of being able to actually taste the vineyard geology in the wine – a goût de terroir – arises partly through various misunderstandings of geological terminology and, presumably, through the sheer romance of the idea. Certainly the vision makes good journalistic copy, and is manifestly a powerful marketing tactic, geology being one of the few factors involved in wine production that cannot be translocated or easily replicated elsewhere. However, the proposition is wholly fanciful for a number of reasons and in any literal way is scientifically impossible.” Alex Maltman, 2017.

  4. Or?                                                                                                                                                The geology of wine is important to the wine-maker, but of very little importance to the drinker. However, a geologist with an interest in wine is almost inevitably going to take more than a passing interest in what lies beneath vineyards. This may have resulted in the importance of the geology being over-rated. Many wine writers who are not geologists have dutifully described the geology associated with particular wine regions without actually stating how the geology is important. Jake Hancock was quick to realize that a lot of what is written about geology in wine books is at best misguided and at worst utterly wrong, and set about putting this to rights at every opportunity. Vines derive most of their nourishment from a depth extending down to 0.6 m, but will, most of the time, rely on water from down as far as 2 m for transpiration. Only during periods of drought will they draw significant water from >2 m. Clearly then, in areas where there is a deep cover of drift or a deep soil horizon, geological influence on vines will be minimal. Even where the soil is thin, geology will, in many areas where vines are grown, only control the quality of the grapes indirectly through influence on soil composition, geomorphology and water retention. These factors will be examined, together with examples of instances where geology does have a direct influence on wine quality.
    (PDF) Geology and wine: A review. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/248606244_Geology_and_wine_A_review [accessed Sep 01 2018].
  5. But? ” It is for the most part less contentious to speak of terroir when we talk about peat. Anyone who drinks Scotch whisky will likely be familiar with peat; that earthy-smoky flavour present in many whiskies (Islay in particular) that is acquired when the germinating barley is dried over a fire fuelled by this source.Fewer will be aware of exactly what this material is.  Peat is a built up mixture of partially decayed vegetation and organic matter formed in wetlands where the obstructed flow of oxygen slows the rate of decomposition. Peat is essentially formed from whatever vegetation grows in a particular area, meaning peat bogs in different regions will be composed from different material, and hence it is feasible that the smoke produced from its burning will be chemically distinct (and more relevant for the whisky lover will produce different aromas).
  6. Geology and wine: A review, by Jennifer Huggett, May 2006, Petroclays Ltd.https://www.researchgate.net/publication/248606244_Geology_and_wine_A_review

  7. Terroir. The Role of Geology, Climate, and Culture in the Making of French Wines, by James E. Wilson, 1998, 336 pp.
  8. The Role of Vineyard Geology in Wine Typicity.
    by Alex Maltman, August 13, 2017, online. Also in Journal of Wine Research, Vol. 19, 2018. Issue 1.
    Institute of Geography and Earth Sciences University of Wales Aberystwyth, Wales SY23 3EE, U.K.  https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/10186119.pdf
  9. Geographical location and history of Bovenkerkerpolder where Vineyard de Amsteltuin is located (from Wikipedia): 
  10. Bovenkerkerpolder is een polder in en ten zuiden van Amstelveen en ten oosten van Bovenkerk. In het noorden grenst het gebied aan de Middelpolder en in het oosten aan de Amstel. Het noordelijke deel van de polder is bebouwd. In het zuidelijk deel van de polder, tussen de Nesserlaan en de Hollandse Dijk, wordt de grond agrarisch gebruikt op de oude kavels uit 1760.
  11. Geschiedenis. Tot 1639 werd er turf gestoken in de polder en ontstond er een waterplas tussen de Bovenkerkerweg (west) en de Amsteldijk (oost). Later vormde het water een bedreiging voor Amstelveen en Amsterdam. Daarom werd op 7 september 1764 door de Staten van Holland en West-Friesland octrooi verleend voor het verder uitvenen en droogmaken van de plas. Het droogmaken gebeurde door elf molens. Uiteindelijk viel de polder in 1769 droog.
  12. Location map De Amsteltuin vinyard
    Location map De Amsteltuin vineyard (indicated as/address Langs de Akker 5 – Wijngaarde) – east of Schiphol airport, south of Amsterdam and in Amstelveen.

    Bovenkerkerpolder - Amsteltuin vinyard
    Bovenkerkerpolder -Map of 1901 by W.H. Hoekwater –  Location of Amsteltuin vineyard



19. Climate and Sea level Changes

Nederland - 5500 B.C.
Nederland – 5500 B.C.
Nederland -1950
Nederland -1950

19. Climate and Sea level Changes

Linkedin post 15 August 2018



Climate & Sea level Changes, The Netherlands.

1) 5500 BC:

(map from Ph.D. thesis dr. P. Vos, 2015).

” Pre-Hydrocarbon burning & CO2 emission time “.


Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague? Still under construction by Mother Nature, in-statu-nascendi, being deposited and molded by mother Nature.

Laying, within others, the foundations for their most prosperous Future-17th Century- Golden Age-2-come.

Having to wait another 2000 years for the wheel to be invented, in Mesopotamia (=Iraq, Syria, Turkey).

2) Present:

Most happy,

” Syn-Hydrocarbon burning & CO2 emission time “.

Burned / produced 2000 billion Nm3 gas @2015, from Groningen super giant gas field?

= How many billion m3, CO2 emission?

Though, most fortunately,

€ 211 billion = Gas, State Share/Income @2010 (Anniversary 50 Groningen field).

Faites vos jeux, Mesdames et Messieurs.

Pre-, Syn-, or Post- ?


” Yesterday is dead and gone

And tomorrow’s out of sight.

Help Me Make It Through The Night “.


18. Colombia

18. Colombia


Captures (part of) the soul.

#MyColombia ?
After exploring, trailing, criss-crossing, discovering Colombia across 40 years, still fascinated each time and every day when we return?
Colombia, el único riesgo es que te quieras quedar allí.

” Pues somos dos países a la vez: uno en el papel y otro en la realidad.
En cada uno de nosotros cohabitan, de la manera más arbitraria, la justicia y la impunidad;
somos fanáticos del legalismo, pero llevamos bien despierto en el alma un leguleyo de mano maestra para burlar las leyes sin violarlas, o para violarlas sin castigo.

Amamos a los perros, tapizamos de rosas el mundo, morimos de amor por la patria.
Nos indigna la mala imagen del país en el exterior, pero no nos atrevemos a admitir que muchas veces la realidad es peor.

Somos capaces de los actos más nobles y de los más abyectos, de poemas sublimes y asesinatos dementes, de funerales jubilosos y parrandas mortales.
No porque unos seamos buenos y otros malos, sino porque todos participamos de ambos extremos.

Llegado el caso -y Dios nos libre- todos somos capaces de todo.” Etc. etc.

Gabriel García Márquez, Por un país al alcance de los Niños (p. 11), 147 páginas.
Villegas editores, 1996, ISBN 958-9393-17-9.

Colombia - CNN
Colombia – CNN

We have been in Medellin a couple of times, recently.
It is a fantastic place, lots of progress, work, restaurants, hotels, industries, fashion, medical clinics, the metro, a very dynamic environment.
Amazing shopping malls, like Tesoro, Santafé, Oviedo.
The atmosphere reminded me of the feeling I had in Caracas, back in the booming years, end seventies, beginning eighties.
With about the same divine spring temperatures all the time (…up to now).
Though, we stayed mainly in the El Poblado area, the upscale area.

But also other cities have dramatically changed and progressed through the years, we witnessed.
Like Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cúcuta, Cali, Pereira, Armenia, Manizales, Cartagena etc. etc. etc.
Colombia is now in a good flow and direction.
Hope they extend it and continue.

17. Baseball Curaçao

17. Baseball Curaçao


Baseball World Series Champions, of 2018 Senior League.
By Team Pariba from Curaçao, Little League.
Curacao in 2008 also won the Junior League World Series.

Furher, 10 best MLB players (out of 22+) from Curaçao, Aruba:

Hensley Meulens (bench/coach SF Giants),

Andrew Jones (Hall of Fame, Atlanta Braves 2016; youngest with home run in post season, 1996; youngest with 2 consecutive homeruns in very first 2 times at bat in World Series 1996),

Curaçao - Baseball 2018
Curaçao – Baseball 2018

Didi Gregorius (SS@NYY, replaced successfully legendary Derek Jeter),
Andrelton Simmons (SS; in first 3 years, already averaged Ozzie Smith, dWar defensive saber-metrics, best SS ever in ML),
Xander Bogaerts,
Kenley Jansen,
Jonathan Schoop,
Ozzie Albies etc.

Aruba, Curaçao Hotspot baseball talents?
Highest World Percentage score: Number-of-MLB-players/Population.
Higher than USA and surrounding really big baseball countries as Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo.

World Baseball Classics 2013 & 2017, 28 countries?
Team Netherlands (mainly players Curaçao, Aruba) won most of the big baseball brothers, blasted Cuba (…14-1 @7 innings).
Reaching semi-finals both times.

16. Red Beach

16. Red Beach


Discover? Red Beach in Îles de Groix, France.

Red Beach - Îles de Groix
Red Beach – Îles de Groix

A stunning beach and most interesting Hercynian belt, geological area (Bretagne & Normandy) that we fully enjoyed during our fieldwork.
(Long ago. Bretagne-Normandy excursion with prof. dr. E. den Tex, drs. H. Koning and André, Ray, Wilbert, Arie. Géologie, gastronomie, œnologie. Et menhirs, dolmen, cairn, cromlech…. le patrimoine néolithique de Carnac en Bretagne).


Mn and Mg-rich garnets: HP/HT (18 kbar/450 *C).
A garnet isograd, trending NNE–SSW, divides the island into two parts: with and without garnet to the east and west, respectively.
In the eastern part, P and T conditions are estimated as 16–18 kbar and 450 C from Mn and Mg-rich garnets.

Kinematic records of subduction and exhumation in the Ile de Groix blueschists (Hercynian belt; Western France)
Melody Philippon*, Jean Pierre Brun, Fre ́de ́ric Gueydan Ge ́osciences Rennes UMR 6118 CNRS, Universite ́ de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France;
Journal of Structural Geology 31 (2009) 1308–1321

Pls. visit if you have (make) the opportunity.
The ferry boats leave from the city of Lorient. Compagnie Océane, Gare maritime de Lorient (ferry terminal), 2, rue Gilles Gahinet – 56100 Lorient.

Sun bathing on HP/HT red garnets, dans la Douce France, mais oui, oui, certainement, bien sûr.
Bonne visite !

15. Geology in Art (1)

Venezuela, El Litoral, Galipán - J. Aponte, 1994 - Caracas
Venezuela, El Litoral, Galipán – J. Aponte, 1994 – Caracas

15. Geology in Art (1)

My Linkedin post 7th August 2018



Geology in Art: Venezuela, El Litoral:

Picacho Galipán y Macizo del Ávila desde Caraballeda.

Oil Painting, 1994. Impressionism style.

Artist: José Aponte (born 12 Sept. 1942),

Painter La Plaza de Los Pintores, Avenida Casanova, Caracas. Premio Nacional holder.

José Aponte before becoming a very successful autodidact painter and artist was a tough boxer.

Till the moment that he was knocked out of the ring by Mócho Hernández.

That propelled him to explore for a new and different exciting passion.

He lived for some time, accompanied by his mother, in Europe, Rome. When back in Venezuela he was assigned his own artist’s corner, along one of the main avenues in Caracas.

By Mr. Diego Arria, former governor of Caracas.

He made this painting on my request ?

It shows the really stunning and impressive mountain view of the wild Caribbean Mountain Chain.

As seen from the rugged coast and Caribbean seaside.

For explorationists additionally it exhibits and permeates the even so, most interesting dynamic geological and tectonic dimension, as described in:

the Geology of the area on the oil painting http://www.funvisis.gob.ve/old/archivos/pdf/ponencias/2001_FVISst_JAR.pdf

My own collection.

Beautiful landscape. Art and boxing. Hands that are delicate as they are fierce!


Thanks for your sharp comment.

Yes, indeed.

That was one of the things that amazed me.

While we used to watch him painting, in the evening, in his own painter’s corner along the boulevard. That we often visited.

How is this possible?

With those same boxer’s hands, knuckles and fingers ?

To produce such beautiful pieces of art.


Reason why I ventured to ask him to make this specific painting.

That certainly requires some inner boxing fury.

To express the dynamism and geotectonic fury that formed this coastal mountain range and landscape ?

Faults and transtensional, transpressional, compressional structures, mountains, the result of stresses produced during the large eastward translation of the Caribbean plate since the Paleocene…etc. etc. etc.

(…for geo-addicts…).

14. Baruch Spinoza etc. etc.

14. Baruch Spinoza etc. etc.

Baruch Spinoza or Benedictus de Spinosa is the most important philosopher of The Netherlands.

In tandem with Desiderius Erasmus who preceded him with a century.

They are in the same exclusive major league of philosophers. With Immanuel Kant, David Hume, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, René Descartes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau etc. etc.

Spécial Spinoza – Le Magazine Litteraire, nov.-dec. 2017

He lived his last 6 years in this house where he died, probably due to silicosis, a lung disease, at age 44 in 1677. It is located in the Netherlands, The Hague.

Close to the city centre and top three Kee Lun Palace, Fat Kee, Full Moon Dim Sum & Hot Pot in China Town, within others…

In this house he finished his famous work Ethica.

These are my own pictures, partly, and musings. Info is also taken from books, internet and Wikipedia.

Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order (Latin: Ethica, ordine geometrico demonstrata), usually known as the Ethics, is a philosophical treatise written when just 32-33 years old. Between 1664 – 1665 and first published when about to die, in 1677.

I ventured to read and tried to understand this book as a student in Lugdunum Batavorum. Also bought several other Spinosa books (…as well as Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, the philosopher with the hammer). In Boekhandel De Slegte and Atheneum in Amsterdam.

No, not yet. No Amazon.com or Bol.com for easy and fast online acquisitions. Just slow. Take the train from Leiden, via Haarlem to Amsterdam where you stroll along the whole day.

No hurry, just slow and peacefull nostalgic living. Those were the days…


Groot Auditorium - Academiegebouw - Leiden
Groot Auditorium – Academiegebouw – Leiden

Regularly I attended additionally lectures on other famous philosophers. By the Philosophy Department in the main Groot-Auditorium with its alluring stained glasses. As well as interesting presentations and analysis of Shakespeare and The Bible. In the historical Academie Gebouw building of 1516. One was stimulated also to attend for free, extra-curricular subjects and discussions: ” Studium Generale “.


It is perhaps the most ambitious attempt to apply the method of Euclid in philosophy.

Spinoza puts forward a small number of definitions and axioms from which he attempts to derive hundreds of propositions and corollaries, such as

“When the Mind imagines its own lack of power, it is saddened by it”,

“A free man thinks of nothing less than of death”, and

“The human Mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the Body, but something of it remains which is eternal.”

Baruch Spinoza - Sterfhuis
Baruch Spinoza – Sterfhuis – House where he lived the latest years of his life and died in 1677.

Baruch Spinoza (24 November 1632 in Amsterdam – 21 February 1677 in The Hague) was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Jewish origin. He is considered to be one of the great Rationalist philosophers of the 17th century. Other famous rationalists include Gottfried Leibniz and René Descartes.

Baruch Spinoza - Spinozahuis - Den Haag
Baruch Spinoza – Spinozahuis – Den Haag


Spinoza’s ideas were not cherished by the Jewish community in Amsterdam of the time. He was excommunicated at age 24 in 1656.

Excommunication of Spinoza - by Samuel Hirszenberg, 1907
Excommunication of Spinoza – by Samuel Hirszenberg, 1907
Spinozahuis - Den Haag
Spinozahuis – Den Haag

Key ideas

An important idea in Spinoza’s philosophy is God and Nature, everything that exists, are the same thing. Opposing Dualism, Spinoza said that the body and the mind (soul) are two of God’s infinite attributes.

There is no good or evil in Nature, and that these words only have meanings for human beings. For a person, an event that leads to happiness is good, and an event that leads to suffering is bad.

Spinoza describes two (2) types of thoughts, or emotions:

  • When a person acts from his own nature, he is said to be Active. The more you understand your actions, the more active you become. Active emotions lead to happiness and an understanding of God, as well as to Freedom.
  • When a person is being influenced by another person, or a thing, he is said to be Passive.

The goal of every person is to intellectually love God (that is, understand Nature as much as humanly possible).

Baruch Spinosa
Baruch Spinosa

P.D. & Musings

Looking out from the window in the Spinoza House you see this street of my last photo.

Highly frequented by gents. In an elusive search to acquire a few minutes of undisclosed solitary happiness.

The big bang for their bucks?


I do not know if this famous street already existed in Spinosa’s time. If so, it would have been his window view to the outside world. Stepping out of his house for a break and stroll, when writing his famous Ethica, he would have walked straight into this boulevard of elusive and broken wet dreams.

How would the contents of his Ethica have then looked like?

If this lively street had already existed and had surrounded, immerged and assimilated him by then. Would he have included specific deep philosophical thoughts on this item ?

Similar to the effect the immersion had on Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa.

Toulouse de Lautrec
Toulouse de Lautrec

Known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century ?

Count Henry lived in Montmartre, a part of Paris that was famous for its bohemia people, artists, poets, philosophers and poor students. He was called “the soul of Montmartre”. And often visited the nightclubs such as the Moulin Rouge

Yes. This whole atmosphere inspired him to produce a candid tribute. A precious collection of enticing, elegant, and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times. So often used for posters throughout time.

And Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon) a 1907 cubist painting. It was inspired and represented five women in a brothel.

Similar to Gabriel García Marquez, GGM ?

Who lived in Cartagena as a poor, rookie journalist. And often sought and found refuge such as to pernoctate, in a cheap house of joy. Bread-and-breakfast-all-inclusive? A period that inspired him with many thoughts and themes as expressed in a sublimated and camouflated way in many different parts of his 35+ Nobel Prize works.

Even in GGM’s last, post prize 2009 novel ? A candid veiled tribute. Unveiled at age 82 ?

Gabriel García Márquez
Gabriel García Márquez


All immersed, influenced and literary inspired by this setting. Not again Charles Beaudelaire’s Parisian capo lavoro from 1857, Les Fleurs du mal. Or Big Sur, Henry Miller, with numerous. Neither Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, also with various, such as his Trilogía sucia de La Habana from 1999.

P.J. Gutiérrez
P.J. Gutiérrez

And ?

His reputation suffered after announcing to the New Yorker in 1994 that he had been “a great prostitute man” during his marriage to Patricia Hale, and declined further in 2008 after admitting to his biographer Patrick French a long-running affair with Margaret Gooding in which he was “very violent”.

V. Naipaul, Nobel Prize literature, 2001.


Last but not least least. Absolutely. The infamous and famous L.A. wordsmith and barfly. The laureate of lowlife that wrote about the wild side of life, unpolished or mundane as it could be.

” When I came it was in the face of everything decent, white sperm dripping down over the heads and souls of my dead parents. If I had been born a woman I would certainly have been a prostitute. Since I had been born a man, I craved women constantly, the lower the better. And yet women, good women frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep.

Basically I craved prostitutes, base women, because they were deadly and hard and made no personal demands. Nothing was lost when they left. Yet at the same time I yearned for a gentle, good woman, despite the overwhelming price. Either way I was lost. A strong man would give up both. I wasn’t strong. So I continued to struggle with women, with the idea of women.”

Charles Bukowski.

P.J. Gutiérrez
Charles Bukowski

Fertile food for musings and speculations of philosophers and Spinosa specialists ?

Maybe, a Ph.D. thesis needed to unravel…: ” Baruch Spinoza and the influence of his red front street on Ethica “?

This street is one of the several ones in The Hague.

An unintentional, coincidentally candid tribute to Ethica and Baruch Spinoza ?

Street perpendicular to Spinoza House - Red Light District - The Hague
Street perpendicular to Spinoza House -This was/is the view from his window . When he was writing his Ethica. It is the Red Light District nowadays – The Hague.

A Red Light Street.

” But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.

End of the Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza”.

Daydreamer - Near Spinoza house
Daydreamer – Elusively blowing ahead in his search and quest for happiness – Near Spinoza’s house.


One click away and for nothing. For your free, leisure weekends. Alternatively also when you get bored?

During your long flight to Houston while sitting in your KLM Business Class chair?

During your regular stops while trailing the 777 km of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, starting in Roncesvalles, with your heavy backpack?

On the beach of Pirate Bay accompanied by a Cuba Libre with ron Diplomático and Orquesta Guayacán through your headphone?

After watching your favourite team loose 1-2 in Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia?

To unwind in a philosophical way:

Ethica, Benedictus Spinoza:

Kindle 715 KB & Images, 3640 virtual pages.


Principes de plaîsir et de divertissement - Spinoza
Principes de plaîsir et de divertissement – Spinoza

37. Geo-Art: Pangaea Sunsets et al.

” Pangaea Restless ” – Painting in acryl by artist M.A. Chin-A-Lien – 2006, The Netherlands

37. Geo-Art: Pangaea Sunsets et al.

These paintings in acryl were created by my dear wife. She is a painter and artist as well, within others.

She studied at art academies in Venezuela, the Netherlands, Spain, Madrid.

Also Suriname, Paramaribo at Nola Hatterman Art Academy. With guidance of Wilgo Vijfhoven and Rinaldo Klas. Two well known, colourful local and international well-known artists, both with their own unique art style.

Pangaea Sunset
” Pangaea Sunset as Indulged by a Mesosaurus” – Painting in acryl by artist Mrs. M.A. Chin-A-Lien – 2006, The Netherlands

She is really fascinated by painting geological features in an expressionistic style in her creations. This inspired by the fact that we talk a lot about geology, petroleum exploration etc. etc.

Geo-Climate Change
” Geo-Climate Change ” – Painting in acryl by artist Mrs. M.A. Chin-A-Lien – 2008, Suriname

36. Geo-Art: Liza in 2008. Deep Sea Fans and Canyon Heads

Enjoy, Geo-Art.

14. Growth Promise Indicators World Ranking 2018

GPI 2018
GPI 2018

14. Growth Promise Indicators World Ranking 2018

Re: #kpmg2018 :

Explorer? Investor, Strategist, Business Developer, etc.?

The Netherlands, Land van Melk & Honing:

World Champion (…sorry, this is Not about soccer…nonetheless),

Rank 1 !

La Bella Italia dalla Dolce Vita 44
T&T 59
Colombia 86
Sranankondre 108
Guyana 127 (…rather low, even with black gold rush of Liza and much more to come etc.etc.) –
Venezuela 154





South Sudan 181.

GPI 2018 - KPMG
GPI 2018 – KPMG