Showing posts with label Netherlands. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Netherlands. Show all posts

Friday, May 24, 2013

Travel Update #9: Departing the Netherlands

An update about my second to last day in the Netherlands--lots of fun and sad to depart!



Today's random images from the photo archive:

The Start of the presentation

I made a friend.

Dinner:  Vegetable Lasagna

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Travel Update #8: Some of my Favorite Pics

A light update this time around.  Instead of a video, I've done a slide-show of some of my favorite pictures taken thus far.  I've also updated my journal, which as of now is in the vicinity of some 8500+ words.  To see a full screen version, you can also click through here.





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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Travel Update #7: Of Palaces & Police

Not a bit update per se nor a cool video like the last few times, but just me talking about a palace I visited, getting pulled over by the police (I assure, I'm not blogging from prison...yet), and facial hair.  Enjoy!




Today's random images from the photo archive:



The hedge maze at Het Loo


The old castle on the grounds

Pretty purple flowers in Anna's parents' backyard


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Monday, May 20, 2013

Travel Updated #6: Art Exhibit Video

Below is the video I made of the art project that my host and her friends worked on at the Galerie Zuid.  They came out really well and I wanted to make this video to capture the progress and atmosphere.  I've also updated my journal as well as added more photos so be sure to check them out!  I'm still having a great time and even though the weather isn't entirely agreeable, the people are.




Today's random images from the photo archive:

Now, there's a throne to sit upon!

A new building with a golden dove and big egg...
or eye...or disco ball--we weren't sure.


Art on street tiles.




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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Travel Update #5: Art, Gnomes, & Walking About

Another great day of adventuring in the Netherlands!  Here's my latest video update, giving some of the numbers of my first week in the Netherlands.  Enjoy the video, the pics, and the updates and let me know what you think.




Today's random images from the photo archive:



Clearly, these gnomes have gotten into the wrong
batch of mushrooms!


Medusa--a woman you never look twice at!


More cool street art.




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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Travel Update #4: A Video Tour of Zwolle & More Adventures

I continue to have a great time with lots of travelling and meeting of new people.  During my adventures in Zwolle, I decided to make this video capturing some of the sights I've encountered there.  It's not great, but it might give you a better sense of where I am and what I'm doing.  Enjoy!




Today's random images from the photo archive:



A sculpture of the Archangel Michael


The spikes for our candle-holders.




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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Travel Update #3: More videos, more pics, more fun!

The trip continues to be an excellent success with lots of learning, laughs, and excitement.  Below is my vlog update.  Also, I wanted people to know, after 2-3 requests from readers that I have opened up the travel journal so that if people want to use the Comment feature, they can in the Google Doc to ask questions and comment about what you read there.  I promise to answer them as best as possible.

Two Video updates!



Update 2:



Today's random images from the photo archive:


Seriously, bikes are everywhere!


Anna's College


Yum!  




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Monday, May 13, 2013

Travel Update #2

So it's early Monday morning so I'm throwing up another update.  I'm a bit of a morning person which means I can usually do get my journaling done before anyone else is up. Here's my latest update.  You can check out the current vlog post, as well as my journal update, and current photos that I've taken broken down by the days.  







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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Travel Update #1

I arrived yesterday in Zwolle and it's Sunday morning, now.  Here's my latest update.  You can check out the two vlog posts, as well as my journal update, and current photos that I've taken.  A truly multi-media update!

Friday's Update:


Sunday's Update:


For those interested in reading my journal updates, you'll want to check out this link.

For those interested in checking out my photos thus far, check out this link.


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Friday, June 4, 2010

Vacation of the Mind Part 1

During a recent trip to the Netherlands, in addition to seeing a great many sights and enjoying the company of my host, his friends, and others I interacted with over the two weeks I was there, I also had a large chunk of free time that I could devote to reading.  Upon reflection, I’ve realized I was sucked into the delicious vortex of mental stimulation that I so often crave but can never seem to devote myself fully to. 

It was a delightful reminder of the power of reading.  I love all forms of storytelling from books to comics to televisual to video games; however, this trip brought me back to my summers of lifeguarding empty pools (nevermind that they were 5 feet deep in the deep end!) where I pretty much read endlessly for months.  I think my best record for one summer (marked by open pool season as from Memorial Day to Labor Day), I read some 42 books.  Those days are long gone at least in terms of the range of demands on my time preventing me from reading that much, but I was still amazed how easily I slipped back into the groove.  Unlike that summer of books, where they mostly fell into science-fiction and fantasy (a mixture of classic and dismal material), this mixture of seven books ran the gamut from young adult to erotica to political satire to nonfiction and all of them registered something in me.

I'm Not Scared by Niccolo Ammaniti

I never travel without a few physical books and several loaded up on my mp3 player, but that never stops me from buying more when I’m away…I’m a booklover; my apartment is one match away from an alternative level in hell than any mentioned in Dante’s Inferno.  So of course, the first thing I bought when I was out of the country was another book.  I have the film, I’m Not Scared because I believe it’s an excellent example of a thriller that doesn’t use excessive violence or weak gimmicks to affect viewers but relies a compelling plot, interesting viewpoint, and strong development to keep viewings engaged until the very end.  When I saw the book at the airport, I couldn’t resist purchasing it, despite my general policy to not buy “new” books, but get them used.  But it ultimately launched my reading frenzy, and for that, I’m grateful.

It was interesting to note how accurate the film worked with regards to the book. Niccolo Ammaniti’s I’m Not Scared follows a young boy, Michele Amitrano and his life in a small rural Italian home.  Told through Michele’s eyes, the story creates a credible experience of dealing with a limiting childhood in terms of material goods and actual friends.  He has little choice but to play with his younger sister and the few children in the village and though he never says it, he’s clearly frustrated by it.  When Michele discovers a young boy of equal size and age locked in a underground room connected to an abandoned house, the story takes a dark turn that brims with suspense coupled with curiosity.  Both reader and Michele wonder who this boy is and while some of Michele’s conclusions are obviously wrong, we as the reader can understand why or how a 9-year-old’s imagination can make such connections.  And that’s what drives the story; Ammaniti’s skill comes from recreating the world through Michele’s eyes; a pair of eyes that doesn’t believe in monsters…except when he does.  He’s been hardened by both life and the older children of the village but that no less makes him susceptible to his vivid imagination.  In many ways, this book reminds me of Stephen King’s novella, The Body (also fairly well adapted into the movie, Stand By Me) in that there’s an earnestness with which the author reminds the reader of life in before adulthood, but unlike The Body, it’s not a “coming of age story.”



(Just note about the trailer; it is clearly overdramatic and certainly doesn’t represent the film in a clearly accurate manner.  While there is an intensity to the film (and text, even), it’s clear the trailer is trying to forge the film into classic “American thriller” and I think the beauty of this film (all the way till the end) is that it isn’t the standard film.)


In the end, what made this powerful for me was that Ammaniti’s prose did bring me into Michele’s world, but it was the fact that Michele’s world in some ways was no different from my own childhood—filled with nonexistent (but existing) monsters and frights and the occasional real danger (though none in hindsight compare to Michele’s, no matter how much I would have suggested at the time).