Today, I visited „Turn the Lights On“ on the Dam square. Each year, the huge luxury department store „De Bijenkorf“ opens the Christmas season with an event and by turning on their Christmas lights. A French group of artists perfomed the rescue of Artemis, the goddess of the hunt, wilderness and protector of women and young girls. She was so fascinated by the beauty of a flower that she got caught by someone and held captive until her lover could eventually free her. What was so special about this scence was that it was performed with huge balloons. I have to admit that it was a bit boring and I probably wouldn’t have understood the storyline hadn’t the host explained it first, but it was definitely a fascinating sight!
My inner child was quite busy today because Hanna and I visited Nemo Science Center. We’ve already spent an afternoon on its roof when the weather was nice, but this time, we visited the exhibitions. They are basically made for children and teenagers but we enjoyed ourselves nontheless!
In the exhibition called „Fenomena“ almost everything was really exciting! We made huge soap bubbles, touched lightnings and stuttered. This thing was quite interesting because when you whispered into it, the other person could hear you across the room. It has something to do with sound waves that are magnified.
This is „our daugther“ who was made by experimenting with dominant and recessive genes ^^
In the „Teen Facts“ part, which was mainly about sex and puberty, we learned a few things about ourselves. For example that my music taste reveals that my personality is „upbeat & conventional“ (whatever this means!), that we are great at reading facial expressions and social interactions and that we were really good eye witnesses!
The last part of the center was a bit more „adult“ and showed facts about alternative energies and stuff. Unfortunately, we couldn’t really touch anything so our inner children were a bit disappointed.
All in all, it was a great visit and we will surely come back to try out all the things we didn’t have time for! Especially the ball factory that was occupied by real children.
This is the new interior of the libray at hva! Doesn’t it look nice with the bird wallpaper? They really made an effort to design a comfy and modern atmosphere and there even are huge birdhouses where you can sit and work calmly.
I wish there was something like this in my home university where they put more emphasis on practicality than on design.
On this wonderful autumn day, a friend and I went to Café Brecht. It is a small café furnished like an old vintage living room: patterned wallpaper, ornamental picture frames and comfortable armchairs making you feel like sitting in the living room of your grandparents. It is named after Bertolt Brecht, a famous German poet and theatre director. The poem on the photo is from him.
Yesterday wasn’t exactly the best day to go to the city because the worst storm since 1990 raged through Amsterdam with wind speeds of up to 151 km/h. Two people were hit by falling trees and died. I was just glad to arrive home safely.