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"My name is Singh and I buy flowers for my wife, every week, she is lovely !"

Yes, she's keeping a parking space for her friend

Loek: “my mother, who was a catholic girl of around 17 at the time of the second world war, saved my father, who was jewish, by hiding him in various places”. 'After the war they married, you must realize that it was very unusual for a catholic girl to marry a jewish boy” “thIs store has been started by my parents in 1946 and I have continued it in 1977 - the store is now called 'Loeks Good', a small joke on my first name" today is may 4th, remembrance day.


Utrecht christmas trees. "I love my christmas tree, it's a real one. The first time I put up a christmas tree it had beautiful decorations, but all very fragile. It fell over during the night. Since that time I use soft decorations. But it has never fallen over since." Ilse and Diederik (physics teacher and game developer) share the same birthday


"for christmas I want to feel at home, to feel really at home, and I wish other people the same" Anna (29) is an interior designer and has a very special tree. "It's actually a tree made from other trees" "I did not want a real tree, and did not like those fake trees, I saw this wooden minimalist tree on a website, and I thought the only place to get them from was in australia until I found a dutch company actually in Utrecht: gebroeders Bosma, they make furniture and these christmas trees from spare wood". "I did not have enough money to buy one I saw they had a facebook contest so I entered"….."And my friend won" "SHE actually won the tree I wanted", "I was unhappy".. "that evening she surprised me with this gift: this beautiful tree" "thanks to my friend Juliet"

Humans of Utrecht


Humans of Utrecht

A rainy day...smal puddles of water are always attractive to little kids. His mother is just outside the frame, but he is not hearing her at all.


bicycle country. Beautiful colour combinations. #utrecht #humansofutrecht #bicycle #streetphotography ©Paul Piebinga 2014

"the dog is called Daan" A st Bernard, 4 years old and not to be missed on the streets. People on bicycles find ways around you when you take this one for a walk. #utrecht #humansofutrecht ©Paul Piebinga 2014

bicycle country. Once you keep an eye out for bicycles it keeps getting funnier. This little one has a lot of fun sitting backwards on a bicycle.

"we're moving in together and we're busy getting all the stuff in one place" Jorieke and Laurens. Moving. Item for Item.

moped crowd ready for the road

"Do you really want to take my picture?" "I did not sleep last night, well hardly, but I got on time on my job, in fact a little bit too early, and then I fell asleep there" Jasmijn studies biomedical science. and I now know where they park the delivery bikes.

Onesie number 2 "what are you wearing, it looks a little bit like a pyjama?" "I know.. but it's extremely comfortable and it is called a onesie Jasper and Sanne both study in Utrecht, and after an interrupt by one of their friends who came passing by and wanted to make sure we were all up to date on copyright- and privacy laws they both consented in a couple of extra shots to make sure they look their best.

Bicycle country. Gushes of wind make the small uphill ride towards the bridge an exciting adventure.

'we don't work here, we're playing a game" "which game?" "campaing manager 2008, simulating the Obama - McCain campaign" Patrick and Wessel are playing in the extremely well stocked game store "the Joker". "Here we have everything we need. You should check the basement there are at least 20 people playing there!"

Literally in the dungeon. Robin, Jaap, Erwin, Jaromir and Rogier are playing Magic the Gathering in the cellar under 'the joker'

"I just wear what is comfortable" Kasia and Cezary are from Poland and live in Utrecht - with style, right up to the dog that fits the outfit. "We love to go shopping in the little streets and look in small shops for special things" "Utrecht is cosy and compact" "We're not hipsters,(smiling) although hipsters generally deny they are"

Bicycle country. Very, very comfortable transport. yes, no helmet, no safety belts, but fun! #streetphotography

Wind gushing around the dom tower, parking police and helpful citizen are chasing the policeman's hat

"I've been selling stamps here for 12 years now" Johan has his stand on the vismarkt in good and bad weather, he is always there. A real utrechter. (I had 'utrechtenaar' here first, but that is decidedly wrong.. never call somebody who lives in Utrecht that..) "I love doing t his, because i meet a lot of people." "utrecht has become more busy and also more fun in the last couple of years" #utrecht #humansofutrecht ©Paul Piebinga 2014

red, red, red, red and matching brown. #utrecht #humansofutrecht #streetphotography ©Paul Piebinga 2014