Shutterspeed: Rotterdam in black and white

A few weeks ago my brother and I took a trip to Rotterdam. I'd never been in the city proper before, only to concert venues on the fringes, and I was surprised at how modernist and industrial it is. To get the Netherlands to surrender, the Germans bombed Rotterdam on May 14 1940, threatening to do... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Charming Edinburgh

A little over a month ago I visited Edinburgh while the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (the largest arts festival in the world) was going on. I was immediately enchanted by this beautiful city - I admit, the sunny weather did help - and I was very happy to spend my 24th birthday there. The National Gallery... Continue Reading →

Shutterspeed: Return to Berlin

A few weeks ago I was in Berlin on a lightning visit, accompanying a friend who was passing through on her way to a conference. I spent half a day there by myself and took the opportunity to visit the exhibition Die Schwarzen Jahre: Geschichte einer Sammlung. 1933 - 1945 at the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum. It was... Continue Reading →

Histourism: Two days in Antwerp

Last week's visit to the Plantin-Moretus museum in Antwerp was the grand finale to this year's pilgrimage of the history of the book. In the British Museum I saw two of the earliest known forms of writing: hieroglyphics, on the Rosetta Stone, and the cuneiform script, used to write the Gilgamesh epic on a clay cylinder.... Continue Reading →

Histourism: Berlin

I went to Berlin last week, keen to soak up as much history as I could--and I think I succeeded pretty well. Day 1 After a pretty exhausting ten-hour bus trip, I arrived in the centre of Berlin, and took my sweet time figuring out the public transport system - U-bahn, S-bahn, M-bahn, bus or... Continue Reading →

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