Bas van der Veen

Welcome to my website! My name is Bas van der Veen and I am an enthusiastic Drupalista. Read more about Drupal here. I work as a software developer for IT companies, universities and non-profit organisations, maintaining many complex applications in various programming languages, such as PHP, python, C++ and Uniface.

Winsum Anwb 2020 mooiste dorp


I'm born in Groningen and I grew up in Winsum, where we lived in the rectory on the wierde of Obergum. At the age of 13 I moved to Emmen in Drenthe. Then I lived in Wachtum, a small village north of Dalen. I always cycled to school and was interested in the history of my surroundings. Although we don't speak Groningen at home, I like to hear music in my dialect, for example:

Dresden panorama Zwinger


The city of Dresden used to be one of the most splendid and baroque cities in Germany. How different it was the first time I visited the city shortly after the Berlin Wall came down. I met a man there and together we travelled through the recently liberated Eastern European countries and Turkey, which had a profound impact on me. In 1991 Dresden was a grey and desolate place full of abandoned houses, derelict Trabant cars and streets full of potholes.