I met Larissa at Surinameplein at 8:30 am on Saturday so we could get an early start on our day trip to the island of Texel, Netherlands. Click here for the link to the Wikipedia entry on Texel. First we had to drive an hour to the city of Den Helder. From there we took the ferry over to Texel - which lasted about 20 minutes. Once on Texel we rented bikes... Larissa had warned me that we would be doing this, she said that Texel was the largest of the islands, and she wanted to make sure that I could handle the biking. Unlike most people living in Amsterdam, I don't use a bike on a daily basis, due to a slightly irrational fear brought on by a particularly unpleasant episode from fourth grade that I have my largest scar (on my knee) from. Anyway, I feel much more comfortable biking in the country, away from the rules and complicated traffic patterns of Amsterdam :-). I told Larissa I'd be able to make it... although if I would have known we'd end up cycling almost 35 km (over 20 miles) I might have told her differently! Combine the cycling, with the horseback riding through the woods which we came to Texel to do (my horse's name was Manou - I have no clue what that means) - and my legs and butt were happy when we finally made it back to A'dam!
Left: the view from my bike - Right: the view from my horse
Quaint Texel scene with some of the many sheep on the island, and the church of Den Hoorn.
Talya Arbisser is a freelance photographer. For more than ten years, Arbisser has been focused on photojournalism, specializing in sports photography. Recently Arbisser has been concentrating her camera on special needs children, with a particular interest in blindness.
Arbisser holds a BA from Cornell University in sociology with a concentration in Visual Studies. In June of 2009 she graduated from the International Center of Photography in New York City with a certificate in photojournalism and documentary photography.
Past internships have included three months at The Dispatch/Argus in Moline, Illinois and seven months at The Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa.
Ik maak fotos was started during a 5-month period of life in Amsterdam.