15 October 2018

A Sojourn in Southern Holland: Gouda

After spending the most part of the morning and early afternoon in Den Haag, I took the train for a short hop to Gouda. Gouda, as most people know, is famous for the cheese it produces. So yes, cheese features in several places in this town.

13 October 2018

Book Review: Reise durch einen einsamen Kontinent by Andreas Altmann

This was an interesting travel narrative. I don't want to say depressing, but parts of it are, after all, the title is Travel Through a Lonely Continent. In this book, writer Andreas Altmann decides to go to South America and travel for a few months, going through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile. Along the way, he meets interesting and lonely characters of various sorts.

As these are the countries that I also have visited, it was interesting for me to see other people's experiences of the place. After all, I cannot say I have extensively travelled through this area. I've only checked out the Sacred Valley in Peru; the Quito area in Ecuador; spent a day in Bogota, the capital of Colombia; and was in Santiago de Chile for a week due to a conference. The time I spent was nothing compared to what the author did. So of course I didn't do more than scratch the surface. Nevertheless, I wonder if the author's method would also be my own if I decide to explore further.

11 October 2018

A Sojourn in Southern Holland: Escher in Het Paleis

While I was in The Hague, there was one museum that I really wanted to visit. This was the Escher in Het Paleis, the museum situated in the Lange Voorhout Palace, exhibiting the works of M. C. Escher, a Dutch graphic artist.

09 October 2018

Book Review: The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Mind-blowing. If ever there's a book that puts its readers on a wild ride, then this is probably it. This one is finicky, restless, and something that would make you want to fasten your seatbelts. And the other interesting thing about this novel is that it reinterprets all of David Mitchell's other novels, putting them in a way larger universe than one previously imagined.

See, The Bone Clocks is a fantasy novel, composed of 6 first-person narratives that centre around an English girl, Holly Sykes, from 1984 (when she was 15) to 2043. In this novel, there are regular human beings, also known as the Temporals, and the Atemporals, who are beings who are immortal (the Anchorites) or reincarnated (the Horologists). There is a war between the Anchorites and the Horologists, and somehow, Holly Sykes is in the middle of them all.

07 October 2018

A Sojourn in Southern Holland: Mauritshuis

The Mauritshuis is an art museum located in Den Haag. I was early enough to arrive in the city that I actually caught the museum still closed. This was a good thing, as it's relatively popular, and seeing important art pieces while the crowd isn't too thick was actually a better experience. So I queued up at the gate, and when it opened, I was one of the first people who got a ticket. After purchasing my ticket, I immediately went to one particular salon.