Monday, May 5, 2003

red plus yellow equals

this is holiday time in holland.
queen's day was last week: orange prevailing, music in the streets: a country-wide party. tens of thousands of people braved the rain and the crowds, participating with abandon.
yesterday was remembrance day: silence everywhere at eight o'clock, two poignant minutes long.
and today is liberation day. freedom is celebrated. just around the corner, in the presence of the queen, crowds along the amstel listen to the sweeping strains of tchaikovsky and orff in the chilly dusk.
ordinary life, flagless but fine, will begin again least until ascension day and pentacost.

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