Not too long ago, I was waiting at the bus stop after having visited a friend in the evening. As I was standing underneath the roof of the bus stop, I became aware of music, playing very quietly. Looking back, I think it might have been part of a project to make people feel more at ease while they’re waiting, but at that moment it made me very uneasy. I felt goose bumps rising and shivers creeping down my back, as it was so unnatural for that soft tune to be playing in a deserted street at night. It reminded me of movies in which a serial killer announces their presence by quietly playing the same tune over and over again. I decided to wait a few steps outside of the bus stop, although it was drizzling quite persistently at the time. At this point, I was so freaked out that I didn’t dare to pull up my hood, as it would hinder my view. A few minutes later I gratefully got on the bus, while still keeping my eyes open for potential attackers.
While classical music has been a rather large part of my cultural education, it hasn’t played an important role in my adult life. I do like to listen to it playing in the background while I study, read a book, or do one of my other very wild favorite occupations. But after all this time, I find it hard to actually form an opinion on it. Even though I can identify some difference between the music of various composers, I have difficulties exploring the possibilities of classical music by myself. As I can hardly be the only one who feels this way, I’d like to draw your attention to a lovely series of concerts, aiming to introduce classical music to a new public. It’s called Pieces of Tomorrow, and it takes place about once a month in TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Continue reading “Classical Explorations”
The term ‘hidden cultures’ might make you think of various religions and nationalistic customs. That’s not what I would like to talk about, however. I’d like to make an observation about hidden worlds which are often linked to a profession or hobby. Lately, I’ve been discovering a few societies which were previously unknown to me. Societies like these can be local, but they can also be scattered across Europe or the world as a whole.
In my daily life, I travel a lot by bike and by means of public transportation. Most of the time, travelling like this goes very smoothly – only lately, it seems like there are a few complications adding up simultaneously. For one, as another year is coming to an end, the days are continuing to get even shorter. It seems reasonable to expect people to see this coming, but this year I have once again been disappointed. There are still a lot of bikes without proper lighting, which creates complex situations. Besides that, Dutch train stations seem to be in a constant state of renovation, meaning that the normal, safe bicycle tracks are nonexistent. Bikers are forced to navigate their way on the pavement or on bus lanes. Also, the renovations cause quite some extra noise, and as a result muffle the relevant sounds of bicycle bells and approaching cars. Finally, an additional aspect of the changing seasons: because of the rain, indications on the road are less clear and travelers lose their peripheral vision because they are wearing ponchos and using unstable umbrellas. Continue reading “Winter Chaos”
When I think about pleasant ways to pass my free time, running definitely doesn’t come to mind. I just don’t get why anyone would ever want to run. Sure, when I need to catch a train, I’m willing to do it once in a while. But other than that? Even when looked at as a sporty, useful sort of pastime, it just doesn’t seem to be the best option. When running, you’re very likely to be surrounded by people who don’t run. I like to do my sports in an environment where everyone is trying to reach the same goal. Otherwise, you’re the only person who is too busy to enjoy the falling autumn leaves because you’re too out of breath by moving way too fast without a bicycle. Continue reading “Running As a Metaphor”
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that every article written on Pride and Prejudice starts in the same way. Being a huge fan of the book myself, I have looked forward to sharing some of my views on the story for quite a while. Perhaps contrary to expectations, this will not be an article concentrating merely on the novel and the (I can safely say) most beloved BBC production featuring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth. I decided to put my own prejudices on hold for a while, and to watch the cinematic adaptation of the 2009 novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I shall write down some of my thoughts on this adaptation in comparison to the original novel, the BBC series and the 2005 production of Pride and Prejudice featuring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen. Continue reading “The Wide-Stretched Realms of Pride and Prejudice”
The last members to introduce themselves are Anna, Elise and Sophie!