Hi, my name is Thinkie, welcome to my blog! I'm a student in cultural studies, a museum enthusiast, a scrapbooker and an art journaler. I love to travel within Europe and I enjoy photography. You can read more about me on my homepage.
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Book Week 2015
Earlier this month it was book week! Always a good excuse to go shopping for books. Which I usually do with Wilma for this occasion. I had saved a book giftcard for the occasion and Wilma kindly extended my budget for the day :-)
We went to The Hague. After visiting some non-book shops (like Flying Tiger and Pipoos) we had lunch at LaPlace, and then we hit Van Stockum at their new location. It was my second visit and I love the vibe they've created, with a coffee corner (Bagels&Beans), reading chairs and a good assortment of non-fiction on topics right up my alley. They have fiction as well, but Wilma was slightly disappointed in that area. Oh, and for you public transport nerds: they still have a large section dedicated to trains and such.
Next up was the new Paagman around the corner. More fiction, a smaller (but still not too shabby) assortment of non-fiction, a children's section, a music&movies section and quite a lot of cookbooks. This store has a cleaner type of cool vibe, a more modest coffee corner and it seems they've moved the second hand section of De Sleghte in upstairs.
I ended up with three books;
Emo's reis (Emo's journey) by Dick de Boer, an expert on medieval history. I attended a lecture he gave about this book a couple of years ago and the book was on my wishlist ever since.
Geaarde kunst : Door de staat gekocht '40-'45, the catalogue of this exhibition at Museum Arnhem, about art bought by the Dutch state during nazi occupation. I'll be attending a seminar about this exhibition this spring and will have to write an exhibition review.
De zomer hou je ook niet tegen by Dimitri Verhulst, the complimentary book you get when you spend enough on books during book week.
I bought Vaslav during a book week, I think. It had been standing on my shelf for a while. Laying abed with a cold made me crave some fiction (although this book is fiction written around some facts). It has this typical Japin style, but I find it hard to pinpoint what makes that style. Use of language perhaps, and the way his characters think, talk and interact. I enjoyed reading it, as I did his other books.
I borrowed 'The circle' from Bram. It's a utopia turning distopia, a social network system growing towards world domination. 'Privacy is theft'. Creepy. I kinda liked it, even though I would have enjoyed it more had it been less predictable, and I'm not referring to the intended predictability that gives you a sense of the impending and unavoidable descendance of doom. Hmmm, that makes it sound like a heavy and depressing read, but it isn't really, even though it brings up ethical matters that are quite relevant for today's digital age. I like my facebook, twitter and blog and think linked-in can be pretty useful. But I like being in control of what I sent out into the world and when I do that. Trust me, you wouldn't want to hear my under-the-shower version of the Beegee's 'How deep is your love'. Or at least not the 2 out of 3 times I get off-key at some point. Let's keep it that way. Unless you're my neighbour. Then it's pretty much inevitable. Sorry about that.
I'm somewhat curious about Eggers' other books. Recommendations?
F. and I visited the National Museum of Antiquities. It was way too busy in the temporary exhibition on a sunday, so we opted for the quieter company of Greek, Near East and Roman objects. We shared drinks, apple cake and good conversation at a café, had a kebab-dinner and spent some time wandering around town.
I wrote a blogpost and an exhibition analysis about the topics of the seminar on difficult heritage in museums. I started Literature studies and Expressionism.
We had some days that felt like spring, despite the chill in the air. Bram and I spent one such afternoon visiting Cronesteyn park. Lots of bird watching. And hot chocolate and some chocolate pie at 'De tuin van de smid', a nice hang-out at the park.
I enjoyed a meal and an evening of Role Playing Game with Guido and F.. It was the first time F. joined in, and having another character besides my own made it even more fun.
Several visits with Maarten and Bram as usual, and a visit with my grandparents.
I joined Roeland, M and B for part of their museum tour of The Hague. We had drinks and pastry at a konditorei and visited Museum Bredius. The original plan was to visit the Mauritshuis, but the queue was too long to our liking.
I read Dave Eggers' 'The circle', made progress in Foer's 'Moonwalking with Einstein' and read 'Game of Thrones' book 4.
Roeland celebrated his birthday by inviting some people over. I enjoyed the company and baked cakes that we ate hot out of the oven.
I attended the monthly film night in The Hague. It was arthouse cinema-month. We had dinner at the cinema's restaurant (a nice mix of friends, acquaintances and new-to-me people) and saw 'Il capitale umano', which was kinda okay.
Roeland, Maarten and I helped Jannet move her stuff to her new apartment. She was looking forward to this move for a long time and I'm so happy for her!
Annelies, Bram, Maarten and I had a film marathon with Lord of the Rings part 1 and 2. I know, only two of the movies (albeit the extended versions), we're weak like that ;-) However much we enjoyed watching and doting over elves and long-haired men, the weather was too good to resist going on an afternoon walk in between movies. Bram cooked us kale for dinner and we totally over-ate on the snacks (or was it just me?).
Drinks with Fran at Anne&Max. Love me a taste of some good fabric softener! ;-)
okay, so we opted out of the fabric softener and went for our signature drinks ;-)
Proud of this guy for getting his bachelor's degree in Dutch Law! (Yep, it's official now!)
Dinner with F. to pick up his housekeys. He was kind enough to let me stay in his apartment in Zoetermeer for a week while he went on holiday. I enjoyed being on my own for a while, with a bath and some great views! Just what I needed!
Bram, Annelies and I enjoyed a concert at Qbus in Leiden. We saw two bands that are part of the fantasy fair scene; Cesair and The Moon and the Night Spirit. We had a lovely evening, which ended in a kebab/snackbar. I blame Annelies ;-)
I joined Bram, Guido and some friends of their's (some of whom I already knew) for an evening of role playing game. A fainting halfling, an over-enthusiastic fairy, an elf with healing powers, a barbarian that likes nothing more than a good fight, a dangerous magical chrystal, an encounter with a giant ant, some surpise lambs and in the end, a couple of dragons... Yup, my kind of thing ;-)
I finally visited the Mauritshuis that has reopened last summer. I only saw the permanent collection, didn't have the patience for the long line to go see the Frick collection. Still planning on having a date with the Van Eyck in the exhibition, off course, but I'll save that for an early morning outside of school holidays... I took a tram to the Gemeentemuseum to go see Rothko before that exhibition ended, but they had a line going on outside and I would have counted myself lucky if the wait would have been under an hour. Alas, no Rothko for me. I took the next tram back to the city center and visited the two new bookstores I had spotted; Van Stockum at their new location and the new Paagman. Nice and spacious, comfy chairs for reading and a café. I liked them both, but the athmosphere and their assortment of books makes me like Van Stockum best. I also popped into the American Book Center. I managed to control myself and didn't buy anything (or well; just a postcard...), but I did write down a couple of books for my wish list.
I started the month in Maartens guestroom, still feeling ill from a cold on my birthday. Wilma came by to drop off some presents (cream puffs, yum!). Fran came by to pick something up. Maarten and I did a little celebrating with Doctor Who. We made cheesecake but were too full from the cream puffs to eat it, so we saved it for the next day.
Wilma made me a birthday card
I visited my grandparents to celebrate my grandpa's 87th birthday. Afterwards, Danja and I curled up on Maartens couch and watched 'Elizabethtown'. More cream puffs and a pizza were involved.
I spent an evening with Roeland and his friend J. I cooked a simple Indian dinner.
Jannet brought me a pretty candle holder in cookiemonster blue as a birthday gift, as well as shoving a bar of rolo chocolate in the letterbox. She's a good letterbox-filler, that one!
I attended the monthly film night in The Hague. B, K, A and I had dinner at BIT (tasted awesome but they were skimpish on the french fries). As a birthday present, B treated me to a big shared plate of... cream puffs. With chocolate. I see a new trend here... B, A and I went to see 'The imitation game', which was all right.
Don't worry; they usually serve the burgers with bread, but I opted out of that
Maarten and I attended 'Park light'; a side event of the Amsterdam Light Festival at Park Frankendael. It was raining, my wet feet sloshed in my shoes, and the art wasn't really all that interesting, but we had a nice evening anyway. afterwards we had a swirl-ice cream and kebab.
I celebrated my birthday somewhat belatedly at Café De Burcht. Loved having all these friends, acquaintances and family members around; Roeland, Maarten, Bram, Wilma, Frank, Nicolette, Danja, Annelies, Guido, Jannet, Rob and others. We hung out at the café for hours. Afterwards, F and Guido took me out to dinner at a Greek restaurant (Delphi on the Nieuwe Rijn). Loved the food! Oh, and there were presents, too, even though I had asked people to pay for their own drinks as a present. I haven't asked consent for placing photo's of all my guests, so I can only show you a couple of photo's.
I forgot to include a scented candle R gave me. (Please don't take that as inspiration to get me scented candles or scented anything; I appreciated the gesture but I'm overly sensitive to such smells; they make me feel ill.)
More Doctor Who with Maarten. We 'caught up', so now we have to wait untill the next series...
Dinner with Roeland, J and S. We had a nice evening!
Bram and I hung out on a Thursday. He'd bought pieces of cake as a belated birthday present (yum!) and we saw 'Wallace & Gromit and the curse of the ware rabbit' and 'Enders game', with dinner inbetween.
After my cold was over, I studied very hard for an exam on Greek and Roman Antiquity, but didn't manage to learn enough to dare take the exam. Bummer, because my next chance for this exam isn't untill June...
I attended a new years reception at the former KIT in Amsterdam with Bram, Annelies and Maarten, and met up with other friends and acquaintances. We attended lectures, about plastic waste and about what type of animal we are in an organization (appearently, I'm a lion. Roar!). There were drinks and new years wishes. Afterwards, the four of us headed back to Leiden and had dinner at 'India way', a tandoori restaurant that had been on my wishlist to visit for a very long time. We had a lovely dinner and came away with very full bellies.
I attended two days of an Open University seminar on difficult heritage in museums. Loved it! There were lectures and we visited Museum Vrolik and the Nieuwe Kerk.
Roeland and I went to Heerlen, where he had to act as a lawyer to get his bachelor's degree in Dutch Law. He passed. His last exam also went well so hopefully... There were lots of students and the organization had made a whole day out of it, with vlaai (the regional pastry over there) and a good lunch. Someone even arranged a seperate room for me so I could study for my exam for a couple of hours until Roel's turn was up. We also got a tour of Open University's campus (which we as distant learners usually don't get to see).
They even got to dress up for the part :-)
The warehouse with study books.
More hanging out with Bram. We visited the Sieboldhuis museum. He had gotten us some moorkoppen (large cream puffs with chocolate glazing). Yup, definitely a trend... (let's not talk about what this very enjoyable trend is doing to my relationship with the scale, all right?! ;-) )
I ended the month with a couple of days in Ghent, visiting the light festival with Maarten. I so love this city! We were very happy that they brought back the light festival after skipping a couple of years. And off course there were some museum visits to make, Van Eycks to worship and hot chocolate to drink.
If you've wondered why I went from infrequent blogging to no blogging at all: I had some trouble with a new version of my FTP-program, but I finally got it working again, yay! So here's a recap of what I did in December!
Maarten and I watched Heroes and Doctor Who.
Jannet played for Sinterklaas. I got a bar(!) of Rolo chocolate and a plate and bowl with Cookie Monster on them! :-)
The rolo-bar didn't make it onto the photo ;-)
Dinner with Roeland and R, lots of talking about photo cameras.
I attended a lecture by Caroline Drieënhuizen at Spui25 in Amsterdam. She spoke about colonial heritage-objects. A nice warming up for a seminar that I would be attending in January.
Guido and I spent half an afternoon staring at Greek vases and burial monuments at the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden. Afterwards, we had dinner with Roeland and exchanged Sinterklaaspresents. I got a moose hat, cool!
I celebrated Sinterklaas with Wilma, Fred and Maarten.
I visited the Midwinterfair in Archeon with Wilma and Maarten. Bram, Annelies and B were there too.
R and I went to see the opening of an exhibition at Ars Aemulae Natura: 'Kunst en wetenschap' (art and science). An acquaintance of ours, artist Johan Scherft, participated in the exhibition. His 'gewone gorgel' was my favorite object in the exhibition. I want one as a pet!
Bram and I visited back and forth and went out for hot chocolate. He gave me some sinterklaas presents.
I attended the Salon de Museologie. It was about museum inspiration from abroad.
Maarten and I spent two evenings in Amsterdam to see the Amsterdam Light Festival. We did a boat tour and a lot of walking.
Annelies gave me this box of chocolat cigarettes that now have a more politically correct name on one of the days I went to Amsterdam :-)
I visited the James Bond exhibition at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam with a group of friends and acquaintances.
I attended christmas dinner at Meermanno. The food was cooked by co-workers (I just brought my own stuff to make things easy, with all my food intolerances, but got to sample some soup and a piece of pie). We all got two books, and many of us had brought one or more of our own books that we were ready to let go of to serve as extra presents. We ate in the attic, which was decorated for the occasion.
Roeland and I had dinner with P&M and their 3y/o daughter. Hadn't seen them in a while, it was nice to catch up!
I got the coolest farewell gift from my collegues at the magazine: my very own full colour edition with lots of kind farewell messages!
Roeland and I went to see Mr. Turner. He liked it, but I thought the painter was (presented as) too much of a caricature.
F hosted a Monty Python marathon at his place. B attended as well, as did a co-worker of F for part of the day. Lots of laughter and some good conversation.
Bram, Maarten, Annelies and I spent a day watching hobbitses (the 1st and 2nd movie) and having christmas dinner. Tolkien, good food and great company! We never got to dessert #4: we were stuffed!
A couple days later the four of us had dinner at Maarten's place (I cooked a few simple Indian dishes) and went to the cinema to see Hobbit movie #3.
On christmas day I had dinner with Wilma, Fred and Roeland @ W+F's.
On boxing day there were plans for dinner with friends of Roeland's, but the host got ill. I joined Wilma, Fred, Maarten and my uncle and his family for another dinner @ W+F's.
The weekend after christmas I visited J in the province of Limburg. There was snow, which is always deadly to the train services, so I arrived a couple hours late. We had dinner and hung out on Saturday. On Sunday we visited Maaseik. On my way home I stopped at 's-Hertogenbosch to have a drink with my favorite polar bear. Hot chocolate off course!
During the weekend I had fallen ill with a cold. I ended the year recovering in Maartens comfy and relatively quiet guest room. I watched some episodes of Fringe and the movie 'Adam'.
Eating too much chocolate. I blame it on the season.
Waiting for a new e-reader to materialize out of thin air. I had just started Game of Thrones book 4 (a guilty pleasure) when Roeland killed the e-reader.
Feeling cold, even though winter has mostly been relatively mild so far.
Looking at lights: christmas lights and the light art of the Amsterdam light Festival.
Watching Game of Thrones with Roeland and Heroes and Doctor Who with Maarten.
Having a cold. Some christmas presents take a while to fully manifest... I'm coughing and nose-blowing my way trough it in Maarten's guest room.
Making people smile with my new moose hat.
Trying to imitate the sound of a moose to go with my hat. I need a lot of booze and cigarettes before I stand a chance to come anywhere near it. Or maybe my coughing will do the trick.
Listening to Mumford & Sons - Babel.
Chatting on facebook. From making stupid jokes and researching moose mating sounds together, to deep, heartfelt conversations about the serious stuff of life. I could say a lot of negative stuff about facebook, but I'm sure glad it's there to help me keep in touch with people.
Sucking on candy to calm my stomach and throat. I had no idea that there was a tropical variety of Napoleon candy.
Sorting trough my recent photo's to choose which to have printed and which to show on my blog. Always nice to relive the good stuff of the past months.