FROM THE HAGUE, NETHERLANDS
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A dual purpose mission to help create peace and harmony in Europe
Surfing on Scheveningen Beach
Also, visit to giant 19th century 3D panorama painting
THE HAGUE, Netherlands, Mar 5, 2012 - I got back to The Hague from London on schedule. After spending some time at the Court discussing the case and the schedule with prosecuting attorneys, I (re)checked back into the same hotel as before. And then I went out for a walk on Scheveningen Beach.
It was perfect timing. The sun was about to set though you could not tell through the thick cloud cover. But the predicted rain never materialized. So there were lots of people walking and even more surfing. I stood there by the big pier and watched them for a while, snapping occasional pictures (see the album). It wasn't quite the Hookipa Point near our home in Maui. The waves were maybe 5-6 ft high. But the surfers were many and determined. Of course, they all wore heavy black wet suits. I touched the ocean water. It was freezing cold.
Then I shot this video:
Scheveningen Beach Surfing - Photo Album (Mar 5, 2012)
After watching the surfers for a while, I head up back to the boardwalk. That's where I encountered several surfers packing their gear ready to go home. I talked to one young man called Mark. His cheeks are not only red like frost-bitten, but almost purple. He looked SO COLD. Yet he said he had had two sessions out there on the waves today, one of three hours, and another of 1.5 hours. He had also heard of Jaws and was full of questions about Hawaiian surfing.
I had intended to have a longer interview with him on a video but messed up my camera settings. But the time I recovered, the interview was almost over. Here it is, nonetheless:
THE HAGUE, Mar 6, 2012 - I awoke this morning to a first sunny day since I got here about 10 days ago. Here are some views from my balcony. You can now also see the hill and the tower where I did that spontaneous ceremony and played the flute in the fog before my trip to the Alps last week.
Later in the day, I went for a quick visit to a museum of sorts. It is actually a special building (Mesdag) that was constructed 132 years ago to house one painting. Yes, just one painting, but of giant proportion.
Here are some pictures I took from the video and then the video itself:
You will see the giant proportion of the painting quoted in the video...
On my way to the Museum, I stopped at the post office to mail something to a friend in England. That's when I also saw this cheese shop of giant proportions. The baby tulips were growing wild on a lawn not that far away - winter or no winter.
And now, I am pretty much caught up with all stories up to date - thanks to another court delay this afternoon.
TO BE CONTINUED...