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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Some Random 2012 Favorites
1. Favorite exhibiton
'The road to van Eyck' at Boijmans van Beuningen, for sure. But there were other ones I really enjoyed, like 'Jan van Eyck back in The Hague' at Meermanno, 'The Great Discovery' on Calder at the Gemeentemuseum and 'Raphael' at Teylers Museum. 'Le Oiseau Bleu' at the Sint Pieters Abdij in Ghent and the exhibition on letter writing at the Huis van Alijn in Ghent were very creative.
2. Favorite Lecture
I attended LOTS and LOTS of lectures this year, often with Roeland (attending lectures together is how we became friends), and have started to feel quite at home in the large auditorium of the Lipsius building in Leiden. I loved Ronnie de Sousa's series on the philosophy of love; thought provoking! I attended lectures about late-medieval art (especially Van Eyck and his works), about causality, about the soul, about the Nibelungenlied, of Tom Lanoye about his books, about Erasmus, about the so-called degeneration of the Dutch language, about museums, about Samuel Pepys, about Roman politics 2000 years ago, about Paul Klee in Berlin, about medical collections, about protest groups in Leiden in earlier decades, about historical figures, other art topics, art collectors, medieval society, heritage sites, and other things. Dozens alltogether. I think I liked the Eunamus conference (on museums) in Brussels in January best, this is the sort of thing I want to study, these are the circles of which I would like to become part, it was great to get acquainted with the world of museologists!
3. Favorite Music
I loved going to concerts this year, still quite a novelty to me. Within Temptation, Rock Werchter with Pearl Jam, Racoon... And I experienced opera, twice! For the past few months I've been playing Mumford and Sons' 'Babel' over and over. I've already blogged about 'The Water'. And Maarten pointed Talain Rayne's' Twinkle Lightly' out to me:
4: Favorite Book
I read: 'Full Circle' by Michael Palin, 'The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet' by David Mitchell, 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde, 'Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar... understanding philosphy through jokes' by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein, 'The Writers Tale, Final Chapter' by Benjamin Cook and Russell T. Davies, 'City of Dragons' by Robin Hobb, 'The Inheritance' by Robin Hobb, 'Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell' by Susanna Clarke, 'The Sorceres' by Michael Scott, 'The Necromancer' by Michael Scott, 'The Mermaid' by Hella S. Haasse and 'Cloud Atlas' by David Mitchell. An average of only one per month, 3 in Dutch, 9 in English. I think 'Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell' is my favorite of these twelve.
5. Favorite Movie
I saw, amongst other ones: 'Un Amour de Jeunesse', 'Intouchables', 'On the Road', 'Simon', 'Barbara', 'Dans la Maison', 'Das weib des Pharao', 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower', 'Safety not Guaranteed', 'Death of a Superhero', 'Anna Karenina' and 'Cloud Atlas'. I think I liked 'Un Amour de Jeunesse' best, or rather: it appealed most to me.
6. Favorite Vacation/Daytrip
We didn't go on many vacations and daytrips this year, compared to other years, that is. Belgium, Oslo, the North of The Netherlands, if I don't count my half-night stay in Leuven. Partly due to me being busy with my studies, mostly due to Aafje being ill. I have quite a lot of outings to look back on, even though less than usual and less with Maarten so Aafje wouldn't be alone for too long after she got ill. I liked going out to dinner with Michiel, visiting Amsterdam and hiking from Baarn to Hilversum with Martijn, visiting Brussels and Mechelen and The Hague and Haarlem with Roeland, visiting 'Beeld en Geluid' with Danja, a boat tour with L. in Amersfoort, Utrecht and a boat tour in 's-Hertogenbosch with R., Hazerswoude with my grandparents, fantasy fairs, light festivals, and did lots of other fun stuff with fun people. I think Belgium (Brussels and Ghent) in January was my favorite vacation. I just can't pick a favorite daytrip!
7. Most Interesting Thing I Learned (studywise)?
I loved starting pretty much blank with philosophy and slowly starting to grasp it. I'm still far from an expert but now I have a small base of knowlegde about philosophers and their theories to build upon.