16 February 2019

Jaunt to Jutland: ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum

We spent a total of three nights in Aarhus, and since there was enough to see in the city, we spent one of those days just exploring the city. One of the things we did was check out the fancy art museum in town, the ARoS Aarhus Kunstmuseum. This museum was actually established in 1859, and is one of the oldest art museums in Denmark. It is also the second most-visited museum in the country.

14 February 2019

Dead Trees

Back in early January, as the weather was bleak and the sun was hiding behind a thick blanket of clouds, I was walking back home from work. I stumbled across several piles of discarded Christmas trees. And it made me think how ephemeral the lives of these trees were, and at the same time how ridiculous this habit of buying a Christmas tree is.

12 February 2019

Jaunt to Jutland: Den Gamle By

One of the most enjoyable things we have seen and done in our trip to Denmark was to visit Den Gamle By, or The Old Town, in Aarhus. Den Gamle By is an open-air town museum, opened originally in 1914. It is essentially an old town, as its name suggests, consisting of more than 70 historical buildings that were collected from various parts of the country. Visitors can not only explore the town, but also the buildings, since most of the buildings are open and act as exhibition spaces. Hence, by visiting each of the buildings, you learn something about Danish life and culture from the past.

10 February 2019

Book Review: The Moor's Last Sigh by Salman Rushdie

This was such a complex book. As with typical Rushdie novels, this book feels like a maze, where you explore as you enter, room by room. The narrative is narrated by Moraes "Moor" Zogoiby, the youngest member of the Da Gama-Zogoiby family. Magical realism is present in the air, since Moor somehow grows twice as fast than typical people. So at the end of the book, he is just 36 years old, but physically he is already at the ripe age of 72.

This defect, as you may call it, is the backdrop of the entire book: Rushdie takes his readers through several generations of two families living in southern India. It's a fantastic tale, and a story that made me flip back and forth at the family tree that was conveniently provided at the very beginning. As with other Rushdie novels, this novel is written in the frame narrative, so there are stories that are embedded within other ones, with very intricate detail, and sometimes it can be hard to see how this branch of the narrative is connected with another branch.

08 February 2019

Jaunt to Jutland: Silkeborg and Himmelbjerget

One of the day trips we did while staying in Aarhus was to Silkeborg and Himmelbjerget. Silkeborg is right in the middle of the Jutland Peninsula, and is a small town that has quite an interesting treasure.