Summer has finally arrived in Europe and the heat is sweltering. The key to enjoying hot summer days and evenings is access to refreshing bodies of water. This brings a different form of life to the canals of Amsterdam. People flock to them in droves – setting up picnics for the day, jumping off bridges and of course, cruising around in boats.
In order to re-build and re-construct – whether a place is affected by natural disaster, conflict or is just experiencing a rejuvenation – there is some form of perturbing, painful and distraught level of destruction which is usually involved. We are reminded of the amount of soil, wires, cement and steel that are involved to build the spaces in which we live and work.
Through modern construction materials such as bulldozers, cranes and diggers, we are able to create strong foundations for something new. At the same time, we can destroy what was, erasing old memories and spaces as if they never existed.
This is modern development at its best…and worst.
The French ritual of Saturday market is one which continues to prevail, particularly in the countryside. It is a day, of not only getting fresh produce and browsing wares, but also engaging with one’s community, observing who’s around, discovering what’s new and sharing updates with neighbours, farmers and local businesses.
Let us jump on the train
The tracks of life will lead our way
No matter the direction
Or the detours
We will arrive at our destination
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