Tess' Journey

A Daydream Believers Blog

It only takes one...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006
I'm sitting in a café on a sunny afternoon. It's a little bit crowded, people laughing, eating, talking, drinking but most of all, smoking.

Apparently no one has a lighter with them. So they're asking others for a bit of fire.
There's one man sitting at the bar who has a little box of matches, he gives it to the one sitting next to him. He thankfully gives it back. A little bit later the box of matches gets thrown over to the other side of the café.

My eyes follow the matches while it's getting tossed around. The café is getting foggier and foggier.

Then, all of a sudden, I get reminded of a beautiful little line in a song...
It goes like this:

"It only takes one tree, to make a thousand matches. It only takes one match, to burn a thousand trees"

The squirrels made it seem less lonely...

Monday, April 03, 2006
I just came back from Terry Gilliam's latest film "Tideland". I don't know if you've ever seen or heard of his earlies movies, if you have, then you can already figure out that this was no easy popcorn, sit back, relax, chewing gum for the eye kind of movie.

Gilliam, probably best known for his Monty Python-days, to me anyhow. For others "Brazil", "Twelve Monkeys" and of course... "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas".

"Tideland" can relate to Alice in Wonderland. Only turn Wonder into Acid?

I absolutely love Jodelle Ferland, the main character in this film. I had seen her before in Stephen King's adaptation to The Kingdom Hospital by Lars von Trier. Forget about Dakota Fanning, Jodelle is it!

I can't really say too much about the film, other than its bizarre, visually breathtaking, weird and wonderful... Check it out for yourself :)

Panoramic view of Maastricht

I finally stiched the pictures of Maastricht together tonight. Enjoy the view!

Picture taken March 20th, 2006 at Fort St. Pieter, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Smile, it's Sunday

Sunday, April 02, 2006
This Sunday started off looking grey and miserable. The kind of Sunday you prefer to just stay at home, preferably in bed, listening to the raindrops knock on your window.
A Sunday you don't want to do anything at all, but stay at home, with a nice cup of tea, some chilling music or a good film to watch.

Instead of doing any of the above, I took a shower and got ready to go to work. By the time I got outside, the sky had cleared up a bit, so I decided to grab my bike instead of the lousy tram.

By the time I got to the store it was actually a little warm. A friend of mine, Menno, was inside the store and I invited him to go grab something to drink in the cafe on the corner.
Sitting by the window, we were lost at one of Amsterdam's most beautiful corners. The Spring had started only two weeks ago, the sun was shining, people were happy and all smiling.

Tourists, daypeople, people in love, inhabitants, the homeless, bikers or just people walking their dog all came together at this point.

I absolutely love Amsterdam when it's like this. There's a certain atmosphere, smell, sound and vibe to the city when the sun is out. And not only when the Spring had just started; all summer through that vibe is around.

It seems like the city is more quiet when the sun shines; we can't complain about the weather!

My best friend Sas said so as well last Thursday when we were doing some shopping. There's almost nothing better than Amsterdam on a hot summer day, when you've walked hours around the city on your flip flops, sunglasses on and then go people-watching at a terrace with the pleasure of drinking an Ice Tea or something...

It makes me wonder how "The Seven Year Itch" would have been if it had been shot in Amsterdam. I bet Richard Sherman wouldnt've gotten into trouble, cause everybody would stay home! ;)

I wish the sun would shine every day. Let the Summer begin!