29 November 2006

Holland

Back in Holland again. Staying away from Amsterdamage this time. Rather, I'm visiting friends whom I met in the Himalayas. I'm in a small town called Harmelan, 30 minutes from Amsterdam.

I arrived last Saturday and we went straight to the Opera to see a modern performanace of Mozart's Don Giovanni in Amsterdam. It was sung in Italian and it had Dutch surtitles translating the text projected onto a thin, elongated screen hanging from the ceiling. So although I got the gist of the storyline I didn't exactly know what was going on. And the modern interpretation and symbology made it more challenging. It seems the older crowd, which typically attend the opera in Holland, didn't appreciate the modern swing on things and began booing at the start and end of the second act. They did heavily applaud for the woman playing the virgin slut though... seeing as she was Dutch.

Over the last week we've been dining on great food, drinking great wine and just chilling out. It seems the Dutch have the ability to create their own land. They use water pumps, such as windmills, to drain and dry out the land and expand the land-mass of their country. On Wednesday we went to a small island off the coast of Holland which I didn't even know existed. We just returned yesterday.

1 comment:

  1. rosie04:02

    Hi Ara

    sorry not made contact with you before, just been caught up in the rat race. Anyway, I can see you're havin a fantastic time, Oh! the joys of being young, free and single with no commitments!!!!
    You're pics are absolutely fab, makes me want to just get up and go see the world..........the bits i haven't seen that is.....but hey no money, which must make you a rich git....in more ways than one!
    Every thing here all ok and Deepti is ready to 'drop' any day now.
    By the way, where are all the sheep?......dont see any in your pics.
    take care. love rosie x

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