Spent Christmas morning biking around Amsterdam then off to visit friends in the province of Drenthe, in the north. from a North American point of view bikes are the basic personal transportation device all over Holland but Drenthe is especially the bike province and we did some intense rural biking on a blowy, sunny day. NL is very very green in winter, even way up north. Boxing Day dinner en famille with our friends, outside Groningen. http://www.rug.nl/?lang=en Next morning we explored the city, a college town and regional capital, quiet after the bustle of Amsterdam. Someone loves this Volvo 440 and takes very good care of it. Too bad Volvo, once a great solid plain-jane car, has become synonymous with oversize leather-infested shagwagons aimed at insecure moms. Volvo is basically dead in the US. Another good car wrecked by brand-mania, thanks to the brains at Ford.
- Brooklin, Maine, United States
- We own a 1975 GMC Sierra Grande 15 in Maine and a 1986 Chevrolet Custom Deluxe 10 in West Texas. Also a pair of 1997 Volvo 850 wagons. Average age in the fleet is 28 years--we're recycling. I've published 3 novels: THE LAW OF DREAMS (2006), THE O'BRIENS (2012), and CARRY ME (2016). Also 2 short story collections: NIGHT DRIVING(1987) and TRAVELLING LIGHT (2013). More of my literary life is at www.peterbehrens.org I was a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study for 2012-13. I'm an adjunct professor at Colorado College and in the MFA program at Queens University of Charlotte. In 2015-16 I was a Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Autoliterate office is in Car Talk Plaza in Harvard Square, 2 floors above Dewey Cheatem & Howe. SUBSCRIBE TO THE AUTOLITERATE DAILY EMAIL by hitting the button to the right.