About my blog

Hans van Lint is AvL (Antonie van Leeuwenhoek) Professor Traffic Simulation and Computing at the Transport & Planning department, faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. He's also director of education of the Msc TIL (Transport, Logistics and Infrastructure).

His other passion in life is music - check out the Dutch Genesis tribute band Squonk.

Links to Hans' profiles on Facebook and on LinkedIn!

Disclaimer

De meningen ge-uit door medewerkers en studenten van de TU Delft en de commentaren die zijn gegeven reflecteren niet perse de mening(en) van de TU Delft. De TU Delft is dan ook niet verantwoordelijk voor de inhoud van hetgeen op de TU Delft weblogs zichtbaar is. Wel vindt de TU Delft het belangrijk - en ook waarde toevoegend - dat medewerkers en studenten op deze, door de TU Delft gefaciliteerde, omgeving hun mening kunnen geven.

Posted in December 2008

Why don’t we all move to Perth?

First touched by Dutch VOC explorers in the 17th century (Dirk Hartogh and later famous Abel Tasman), Perth was firmly established as a permanent settlement 2 centuries later by the British after – as in the east – vast quantities of gold were found basically laying around for the taking. Back then – and still today – the capital city of Western Australia (WA) is far, far away from everything, every one and everywhere. Thank God for them and too bad for us. Aside from a series of showers on day two of our visit there to the 30th CAITR conference at the Uni of WA, the only possible conclusion is that this is the closest you get to paradise – city and landscape-wise.

Where else would you see Pelicans chill out on lantarn posts?

would you enjoy a 60 AUD room in 19th century victorian Townhouses

with a view like this

and your private chapel should you need it.

We had a lovely and very useful three days, well organized by the WA Uni (thanks Doina!) …

… and we couldn’t help but enjoy the laid back but cosmopolitan feel of Perth,

and the vibrant seaside town Freemantle 

with its beautiful and historicaly set harbor

its museums and beaches

and its excellent bars and restaurants

some of which even had wood-ovens named after visiting professors … 

A taxi ride from Tullamarine Airport in grey showery and 17 degrees freezing 😉 Melbourne put our feet firmly back on the ground. The most profound novelty of the week came about in the evening when I had my first ever Chinese-made Italian style Pizza (which was excellent by the way)

 

The Nobbies

On saturday, we (Majid, Rob, me) went on a mission to visit the Nobbies, two rocky outcrops on the South-western edge of Philips Island located about 130 km South of Melbourne.

Of course, this involves (like most activities in Australia) 2,5 hours driving – thanks Majid!

Philips Island is (world) famous for is daily penguin parade, where at sunset, thousands of satisfied penguins who have spent the day fouraging at sea, wabble back to shore to rest and (if in the right season) feed their offspring.

To divert mass tourism from harrassing these busy little fellas, a decade or so ago a second eco-tourist attraction was set up: The Nobbies. Two rocky outcrops where large hurds of furry seals enjoyed sunbaths and shelter for their youngsters. A truly mesmerizing and awsum spot, although we did not get to see any furry seals at all. We did see many seagulls …

… and probably a zillion blowflies, who would do great as pets, since they manage to follow you for several hundred meters, and are resistent to any slapping unless it kills them – in which case they multiply. But dealing with annoying flies is less of a burden when there is so much beauty to look at:

Ozzies take conservationism very seriously – and we owe them for it, since their country is home to many unique and invaluable biotopes and natural resources. They also have to, since they live on a continent where climate change has a very serious impact on the here and now. Water is rationed in Queensland as we speak. Although we may seriously overestimate the human role and influence on climate change on a longer time scale (the climate has never been more stable than in the last few thousand years), if the "Al Gore-doctrine" leads to more awareness and to more responsible and sustainable use of our planet, by all means, believe what you will. And so it the right thing to do to spend 5 dollars in the Nobbies giftshop, even if it makes you look ridiculous 😉

 

 

Pizza, room mates and smiles in the sky

Things have changed quite a bit since the last post. First of all, I have got a room mate, in this and the next week I will share my appartment with Robert Bertini from Portland University, which up till now has been a pleasure. It does feel a bit like going back to our student days. Good talks, good food and drinks, and good fun. The major difference between then and now is that now the dishes generally get done before they turn into living organisms. Yep, it just takes two responsible grown ups 😉 Or – preferably – a dishwasher, thank got for that thing back home.

Secondly, now that the summer vacation (!) is approxing and most of their exam marking has been finished, and of course because of Robs arrival there is more time for interaction with Geoff, Yibing and Majid. On Sunday Geoff invited us to their beautiful home in Melbourne…

… where we were treated to fond memories of The Netherlands by Kate and Jennifer (that’s Holland for you in a nutshell: klompen and Remia Frietsaus – Geoff spend his sabbatical two years ago with us in Delft) …

… and a wonderful Ossobuco (how do you spell that) and dito Sauvignon blanc

On monday, Geoff and Majid organised a succesful workshop (more than 30 attendees from both uni and the authorities) where Rob, Yibing and I gave in total five presentations (mine were on the Dutch DTM practice and a second on travel time reliability).

On monday evening we had a typical Ozzie meal in a nice restaurant which advertised its food as Asian Fusion, which is not a bad term for some parts of Melbourne in general. Great stuff: Fish, Curries, Veggies, you name it

On monday night the skies seemed to approve of all of this as Venus (top), Jupiter (right) and the Moon crossed paths to form a giant celestial smiley. You can google several more spectacular pictures on the web, but this one popped out of my camera – a bit shaky not bad I think 🙂 

 

 

© 2011 TU Delft