This post has been languishing in the wings since 7 November of last year and comes out now in anticipation of another meet-up with Ayush 3 weeks from now.
And who is Ayush, you ask!
Ayush Basu is a fellow Shutterchancer from India, living in Singapore. He posts at AYUSH.
Do you remember that Astrid and I first met as photo-bloggers at Shutterchance?
When we found out that Ayush works in Singapore for OCÉ, a Dutch Canon printing company,
and that he often comes to the Netherlands to lend his expertise,
we made the arrangements to hook up with him where he stays, in Venlo, 135 km SE of us.
We met Ayush at the train station, where we also parked our car.
As you see, we arrived at 11 a.m. and left shortly after 3:30 p.m.
And because 11 a.m. is definitely koffie-break time, we stopped at the city hall
in city center to chat and get to know each other better.
In fact, that's when he graciously gave this wee interview,
just because I wanted our Shutterchance friends to hear everything straight from the horse's mouth.
He has also met Ray from Thailand, whom also we met last year in England.
Let's just say we all get around!
This is when I realize how many statues are everywhere, all over this country!
But have you ever seen one that is loaded with already-chewed gum???
Venlo is near the German border in the province of Limburg.
Of course, there was more "art" to see along the way.
St. Martin's Church was first built in 760, rebuilt in 1410 and then in 1610, the current church.
Can you tell that this is a Roman Catholic church?
I did not grow up with it in Dad's Baptist church!
"Please enjoy Chang beer responsibly." And we did.
It was a good way to end the day, walking back to our car...
and saying Good-Bye to a new friend.
Ayush is a genuine, conscientious, kind and attentive gentleman!
We made him promise to tell us when he'd be back in the Netherlands
so that we could return the hospitality favor here in Gorinchem where we live.
And THAT is now. He's here for a month and plans to visit us on March 12-13,
God willing and the creek don't rise.