Transport delight

A week in which transport has been a constant theme, but in various meanings.  First a visit to an evening meeting in Brussels, and spending a stop-start hour in the rue de la Loi, passing the EU HQ. It’s curious the way drivers politely allow others to criss-cross lanes, without a care in the world. Or maybe everyone is so caught up in their own cares that traffic is the least of the problems. Or the drivers are simply too accustomed to it.
Then a sudden shift to Groningen for a farewell symposium. A five-hour train journey there and what should have been a similar journey back, but for a fire at the rail junction of Utrecht – the result: rail traffic comes to a near halt. Luckily, I could take a different, longer route and avoid the chaos.
Saturday was transport delight of a different kind: a concert of Venetian vespers , music by Johann Rosenmueller/Giovanni Rosenmiller (ca. 1619-1684), who had fled Germany because of sexual impropriety in the church (nothing new), and then composed music for the ‘Ospedale della Pieta’. The music was a transport, echoing in the church. A poignant comment from the conductor, on the day that ‘Netherlands screams for culture’ (because of the cuts), taking Rosenmueller’s words from his Magnificat:
Deposuit potentes de sede et exaltavit humiles.
Esurientes implevit bonis et divites dimisit inanes.
Transport again the next day in the faces of young children when they were listening to Susan Schaefer reading her children’s book ‘The Adventures of Yin and Yang: Snoepje and the Pizza Box’. Transports of delight.

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One Response to Transport delight

  1. Laura says:

    It was a very beatiful evening with full moon! I enjoyed the music and the company as well! Same for the morning with Susan!

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