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Friday, 20 July 2012

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Day 7: Do you read? What are your favourite books?

 I read everyday, it is my hobby, my 'thing'. Reading is the business. The thing that I love about reading/books is that you can reread them all the time, and rediscovering them is like finding a new friend that was an old friend. My favourite books include, but aren't limited to:
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Mort
  • My Darling Villain
  • Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Maus
  • The Sandman series - isn't it amazing that there'll be a prequel?
  • The Black Magician trilogy
  • The Tillerman cycle - loved these when I was 12, forgot about them, until rediscovering them recently.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Day 6: What band or musician is most important to you

Most important, like how? In terms of I'd do anything to see them perform live? If that's the criteria there isn't one. There are bands whose music I love, but none that I'd go crazy to try and see. I enjoy different types of music as much as the next person, I suppose, but it's not my 'thing'. Now if this was about books/authors we'd be having a different discussion.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

NL 2012: Amsterdam

Last Saturday we went to Amsterdam. We just walked around it on that trip as we plan on going back later to check out the museums. Most of our walking around town was directed by finding three game stores, and going to Rembrandt square. We had lunch at this great little place - Jennifer's Croissanteri - checked out a great bookstore, and discovered that the Starbucks in Amsterdam is much nicer than the one at Centraal Den Haag. The crowds in Amsterdam are awful, but the prettiest buildings I've seen have been there. Most of the photos are of the buildings.

Amsterdam Centraal, such a pretty building.





Amsterdam's old church/big church. So far it seems that wherever you go in NL there's an old/big church.

Street performance.













Random graffiti on a bin.

Houseboats.


The statue that makes Rembrandt Square Rembrandt Square.




Strange water feature.


Pretty Starbucks.
Side note: If you're going to try harring do try it in Amsterdam. In Amsterdam you get a little more onions and pickles, which makes it work. In Den Haag I say have the zalm broodjie rather than a harring one. Also the red light district is blush inducing, so when cutting through there just keep on walking face forward, and don't take any pictures. We saw someone try to take a photo, he got bashed by one of the ladies.

Monday, 16 July 2012

NL 2012: Escher in het Paleis

Last Sunday we finally went to the Escher museum. One of the great things about the museum is that it's in the former Winter Palace of Queen Mother Emma of the Netherlands. So not only do you go from area to area looking at these amazing works, but the rooms they're in have beautiful details on the walls and ceilings. One of the things I really enjoyed was the different chandlers put up as part of the display. There are interactive elements to the some of the displays: kids get a sheet with a snippet of a picture and they need to find the original and write down the name, there are a few illustrations on the ground and indications of the best spot to take a picture for full effect, you can scroll through one of the longer designs, or take a picture of yourself in a block, or walk across a falling walkway or go into a room and feel as if you're going to fall. It's a lot of fun, and just great to see. Time for pictures :).








The wall decor lets you know this building was a palace.


This one used ink and pencil.











Art above one of the doorways.






This chandler is one of my favourites.




If you wanted to you could take a photo sitting in the corner.

I prefer the reflection works, like this one.



A poor attempt to get a mirror off mirror photo.


Beautiful crown moulding.

Photos of some of the illustrated landscapes.



Reflection of the street in a mirror.

I want one ;).





This pattern is one of my favourites.





Cards you could buy in the museum shop.


This went all the way to the top of the building.




Reflections and illusions on the 2nd floor.


Gorgeous ceiling work.



Part of the Queen Emma display.

More of the Queen Emma display.






A portion of a meters long display.









This is just amazing.











Loved this room.













Floor illusions.









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