Richard de Nooy

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Biography

Richard de Nooy (1965) grew up in South Africa and vowed to travel the world. He didn’t get much further than Amsterdam, where he has lived for the past 25 years. He spends his days writing and translating and staring at the sky, trying to guess where the planes are going. He will be mapping his ignorance of the world’s cities from his desk chair, using his preferred mode of transport; the worldwide web. He hopes readers will excuse his ignorance and help fill the vast gaps in his knowledge with entertaining and enlightening anecdotes about their home towns. Richard de Nooy’s novels have been published in English and Dutch. You’ll find further information on his site www.richarddenooy.com. Photo by Stefanie Grätz

Latest posts

  1. Messtivals & Colourbrations — March 18, 2014
  2. Finding Bilbao — February 21, 2014
  3. Matching Friends and Films for IDFA 2013 — November 26, 2013
  4. A Tuscan Mystery — October 25, 2013
  5. The Frutch — September 27, 2013

Author's posts listings

02
Dec
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02 december 2011 Secret - Photo 1

I managed to avoid jetlag for 46 years, until last week. My wife, the professional traveller, invited me along on one of her trips and I threw caution to the wind, accepting her invitation and treating myself to a mind-buckling experience and set foot on a new continent. Because my wife has the energy levels… read more »

25
Nov
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Rolando de Corazon

Roland was one of the first people I met when I arrived in Amsterdam in the mid-1980s. We have been friends for almost a quarter of a century. Roland showed me the Dutch countryside, pointing out birds and plants as we cycled to the beach. We played football together several times a week and made… read more »

18
Nov
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Barcelona

I’ve been to Barcelona. But it took me quite a while to get there. Twenty-two years, to be exact. The main obstacle proved to be the Pyrenees. And the friends I kept, or course. Friends who enjoyed the great outdoors more than city trips. Friends who preferred different modes of transport – public or private… read more »

11
Nov
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Peru - Photo 1

I really need to get this off my chest. While my wife is off gallivanting around the globe, the closest I come to travel is the fifteen-minute walk I take every morning. When I get back to my desk, I report my observations on Twitter (@richarddenooy, #walk) in the vain hope that they will entertain… read more »

04
Nov
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Stockholm

I thought everyone was going to say: ABBA, Bjorn Borg and IKEA, but I was wrong, very wrong. Only one of my e-friends had similar thoughts when I ran a poll on Facebook and Twitter, asking: “What/who are the three things/people that come to mind when you see the word ‘Sweden’?” Here are some of… read more »

28
Oct
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Punta Cana

Last week, I wrote a blog about Mexico, lampooning some of the stereotypical ideas people have about Mexicans. Unfortunately, some readers did not read the whole blog and subsequent comments from readers which helped set the record straight and revealed some interesting facts about Mexican history and culture. This week I intend to tread more… read more »

21
Oct
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Mexico

Mexicans are fun-loving bandits with large hats and moustaches. When they aren’t lazing around in the shade of their sombreros, they’re either robbing banks or swilling tequila and playing guitar, which usually contains a concealed weapon of some sort. This is how Mexicans were portrayed in the cowboy movies and comic books I grew up… read more »