Outside the building where the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment is housed. Inside, there’s radiation, new particles and high tech equipment. Outside, the weather is just nice. And the mountains too (there aren’t any mountains in the Netherlands).


These doors in CERN at the CMS building, lead to the hallways that lead to the LHC detector. Technical schemas are all over the places, hard hats are waiting inside.


What we were really at CERN for was the LHC and its detector. This picture of an image of the detector already is impressive.

Nothing else matters

The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer experiment actually looks pretty simple. On the left, matter goes in. On the right, antimatter goes in.

Space craft

What’s cool is that in the model of the ISS (at the AMS control center), you can se a space craft docked to it.

ISS on the ground

So at CERN isn’t just the Large Hadron Collider, but there are actually multiple accelerators, and multiple experiments are run there.

At the AMS control center, they’re running experiments on the International Space Station (ISS). At the AMS control center, there was a detailed model of the ISS.

Trip to CERN

So, already a couple of years ago, I went on a trip to CERN with my co-workers. The trip there was okay, had lots of bathroom breaks, stayed at some small hotel in a small town called Hüfingen-Fürstenberg in Germany, then went on to just arrive on time for our tour.


Taken: 12 January 2013, Rotterdam.

Rachel Sermanni

Taken: 14 April 2013, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Rachel Sermanni’s concert in Rotown Rotterdam was good. I found it interesting how maybe half of her songs are in triple metre. The arrangements with Rachel’s guitar, combined with the two fiddles, piano and vocals, are amazing, especially for such a young singer/songwriter. The interaction with the audience was awesome (although the concert would’ve been better with some people –read: morons– in the audience left out), her laughs and youthfulness are very appreciated.

Chinese Market

Taken: 20 December 2011, Hong Kong.

I love the look and scent (okay, when it’s herbs, food and such) of Chinese markets. Or markets in general, like in Paris or Rome, where they have all different kinds of fresh food.

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