In my lunch break at work today, I started browsing WikiPedia for entries on dutch historical figures that I admire. Immediately I tried the search on Constantijn Huygens, whom I’ve always admired.
When I was younger, I actually did an essay and a presentation on this figure. Not very surprising, as my parents live in a street right across from his estate in Voorburg: Hofwijck. I always thought that if I had to be born in the dutch Golden Age, Huygens would have been an excellent father for a girl – he thought that boys and girls should have the same upbriging, and more importantly, the same educational level (at least, until the girls were married).
When I opened the wikipage on Huygens, I was appalled. Someone had mixed up the layout, but as I started reading, I also saw that the english was translated badly.
So I sent a link reminder to my home email and forgot all about it.
That was until I came home!
A brief read-up on wiki syntax, and I started correcting some of the more obvious mistakes. I added some photos, and I also started a whole new entry on Huygens’ Hofwijck.