Wednesday, 2 February 2011

The weirdest things...

When you travel to work every day by train you come across the weirdest things. Also traveling by train is a big adventure in this country. But that's another story.... it's a story about how a trainjourney of normally an hour can turn into 3 hours when it's snowing. And then in the end it took you at least 6 hours to go to work and back home again in the evening.
Anyway... there's been said enough about trains and snow in Holland, let's hope it snows when I don't have to work...because I love snow!

Where was I...? Oh yeah, you come across the weirdest things on your travels to work, this is what I spotted the other day:

You might already have seen it, but it took me by surprise a little...

Any idea what it is?

I wasn't the only one wondering, I must say it was hilarious to see people walking past it en see them trying to figure it out. The thing that made this really funny was, that this one was actually not working. The one on the platform opposite was....

It made me laugh, because people at my platform were determinant to get it working. It must have something to do with jealousy i suppose...
Circling around it, pushing the button. It was a show, a nice show for me in the early mornings.
While the people at the other platform were happy and warm, the people at my platform started to get even more jealous and frustrated. Since i had to wait a while before my train was due to arrive I saw new people arriving and wondering what this weird object was.

Me...? I was sitting on a bench drinking my tea and enjoying the show !

So... any idea what this is??


  1. hahaha I have absolutely no idea!
    Missing you on Facebook!

  2. Something that replaces your hot cup of tea?

  3. what in the .... is that?! I can imagine the scene, it must've been funny to watch people trying to figure it out. From what you said, I suppose it's a heater of some sort? It'd be nice to see another shot of it working, so if you remember, one of these days.... ;)

  4. An attempt at the sort of outdoor gas fired heating device that some outdoor bars and cafes have here - it says something about our climate that the devices are needed at the popular bars and cafes even in summer (like it is now). Me - I prefer the comforts of my home!

  5. @Breigh; miss you too on FB but must say i don't miss FB so much! When we come back from UK we have to do the gamesthing!
    @Marjolein; you are on to something!
    @Aledys ver; see what i can do! We'll be at that trainstation on wednesday, see if it works :D
    @Mickle; wow, even in Bars? But not in the summer I hope?

    Yes ladies, you got it right! Heating system... When it works of course! ;p apparently some stations have them now. Stu spotted them in Leiden as well.

    I already wanted to take a photo of one working, but I couldn't get close enough. Wesnesday i hope i can. If i succeed you'll be the first ones to see it on my blog!

  6. Good luck with taking a picture of one working! I'll keep my eyes open and see if I can spot one of these myself...