This week I fed my interest in polar exploration by visiting ‘The Discovery’ the ship of Robert Scott, who went on an unfortunate polar expedition to the Antartic. Also, I got a peek into the V&A Dundee, the very first museum for Scottish design and in the studio of the fashion designer Katie Gibson of Gibson & Birckbeck. I talked to Neil Scott of the Highlands and Islands Enterprise about communitybuilding in rural Scotland and discovered that Scotland has actually many windfarms. And yes, we went skinny dipping in our hottub in our Airbnb garden.
The pleasures of travel in Scotland: endless kinds of local beer, smoked fish and produce from the farm through a vending machine in the wall. History is never far away here, with Graham Fagen’s melancholy ‘Slave’s Lament’ in the National Portrait Gallery and one of Scotland’s earlier attempts at independence in Arbroath.
This week were my first days of vacation. I took the overnight boat to Scotland, quite an adventure in itself. Of course I had to finish some work before: a inspiring (and yummy!) thinking dinner in our Salon, a meeting at Booking for the John Adams Institute and the summer party of New Angle.
One of the reasons I love Amsterdam is because there is always something unexpected happening – like a choir singing classical music on a boat in the canal and a whole parade of naked cyclists passing by my kitchen window. No wonder more and more people want to live here. But how to house them all? I spoke about this with Esther Agricola, head of Planning and Sustainability of the city of Amsterdam. And again lots of parties this week: I went to the Rijksmuseum garden party (tout everybody is there) surrounded by the artworks of Jean Dubuffet and the Fontana Gallery summer party. At my weekly radio gig I talked about the renovation of Rotterdam’ s iconic Maastunnel and sang a happy birthday song for my husband Baptist.
Hi there! This week I took a look at the development of a new Amsterdam neighborhood: Amstel III, a.k.a. Amstelstad. Interesting to see how the muncipality wants to develop this into a neighborhood with the focus on health. We got also a lesson in how to create a gym in your own office, for those perky glutes we all want. This week I saw my last three Holland Festival performances: amazing, drank tea with my loooooongterm friend Deborah and attended a very lively birthday party.
This week I did something very exciting: I moderated a symposium about depopulation in the Royal Palace where His Majesty, King of the Netherlands Willem Alexander, Queen Máxima and Her Royal Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands were all three in attendence. In another fancy pancy environment, I got to announce the nominations for the Amsterdam Art Prize. Later in the week, I spoke on a huge boat about climate responsive water design, saw an amazing performance at the Holland Festival and went to the Fotomuseum in Den Hague to see the black&white photographs of Peter Hujar.