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Holiday highlights. Amsterdam, July 2019

Ιουλίου 14, 2019

Bits and pieces, photos and memories, some irrelevant stuff too,  from our family holiday in the Dutch capital.

  1. Holiday highlights. Learning new words: «apoptosis».  After reading this: https://www.economist.com/science-and-technology/2019/06/29/in-fighting-cancer-look-to-what-other-animals-do?frsc=dg%7Ce&fbclid=IwAR1gjqqVJWH_zhyu2ladTyCjUgj0FwImK88ZKR1sr9thSLqTmuDk2qGj1iQ

2. Holiday highlights: clowns. The #brexit MEPs are ridiculing the way EU chooses its unelected officials. Meanwhile back home a few thousand Tory party members are voting for their new leader. The country’s next unelected prime minister.

3. Holiday highlights: «getting high». Enjoying the smells and explaining what and how and why not and why *not*.

Not easy.

4.  Holiday highlights: Birds

5. Holiday highlights

6. Holiday highlights: the effects of too much «absorption»

 

7.  Holiday highlights: late afternoon, 11pm

8. Holiday highlights: discussing age old issues

9. Holiday highlights: the city’s second most popular plant

10. Holiday highlights. You have to pay a fine if you are caught drinking on the roads or around the canals.

You can only absorb the smell.

You are more likely to be hit by a maliciously silent electric car or a fast-moving cyclist rather than witness a regular accident between two cars.

Only cards, no cash, popping up in more and more places.

11. Holiday highlights: the girl and the bird

12. Holiday highlights. Shoes in the air

13. Holiday highlights. Exploring local industries

14. Holiday highlights. Girl, flowers, clouds

15. Holiday highlights. Studying sunflowers

16. Holiday highlights. Counting down ( from high above)

17. Holiday highlights. Back on the rock.

It was an eventful day, most of which we spent in three airports.

Long flight delays.

Interesting weather over central Europe and work to rule by German air traffic controllers were to be credited with this.

Moment of disappointment: I was explaining to K2 the options of losing our onward flight and possible overnight stay in Vienna. She was not enthusiastic when it was delayed itself and we managed to catch it.

Moment of hypocrisy. Far too long a spell of turbulence. And I cought myself praying. Repeatedly. Fully knowing that nothing would or could change.

Or maybe just a long moment of weakness.

18. Holiday highlights: Postscript, the water.

After all we have water too. At least as much as they do. Only major difference is that our water is around us. A lot of theirs is within them.

Would that really matter?

“It’s the water, stupid! ”.

Let us see. Centuries of robust engineering have been utilized to keep the city, the country afloat.
Engineering has one quite simple rule: 1+1 always comes out as 2.

Only way to be successful: they all must agree on the same rule and work towards it.

In these lands, our lands, the water is far from us, not within us, around us. We needed much less engineering.

We built this country on slogans, propaganda and lies, damn lies.

Looks barren, and more stable.

It’s just an illusion.

“But there is in fact more earth than sea”.

18. You can see the past and the future in this video. A slightly worried middle aged man waiting for the whole thing to be over, and a bright young woman, feeling really happy and taking full advantage of every moment.

 

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