Last Full Day In Rotterdam
Trip Start Jul 16, 2008
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I started the day by buying 8 pens. Including one for 33 Euros. All Lamy's which are pretty hard to find in Australia nowadays. On the other hand I write all day on a computer and I carry a pocket pc around with me if I need to write away from my computer. But I'm sure these pen companies only stay in business because of the tradition of using a nice pen... no-one really uses one that much.
I also did (finally!) some research on the next part of my trip. Seems there is a bus from Rotterdam to Vienna, as well as a train. They're both about 18 hours although the train makes it to Szombathely in that time. Trouble is I've left it so late that there's no longer a cheap train option. The last minute fare is about 260 Euros... compared with 95 Euros on the bus. According to the bus website there are no seats left on tomorrow's bus but luckily the website wouldn't accept my credit card so I rang Amsterdam and indeed there are still a few seats left and the fare by ringing up was 10 Euros cheaper. A nice bonus.
In the afternoon the Germans and I decided we'd have to check out the inside of the cube houses. We read that one of them is a display house so we had to have a look.
The final event of the day was the internacio vespero which is I suppose, basically a display of talent from the various people at the congress. I missed some of it but I wasn't that impressed and what can you expect when the talent pool is only about 1700 people. Well, on the other hand I suspect I could come up with something pretty good just from our handful of Esperantists in Hobart. I think their talent scout needs to be a bit more rigourous in weeding out people. Really, I hate to be mean about this and I really admire the people that do get up there... but some go for a bit too long and I suspect that there are many that should be up there but either they don't try to get in or the talent scout gets things completely wrong and doesn't know what people like. Or perhaps I've been going to this event with the wrong attitude.
As we left the internacio vespero we walked into the start of the carnaval in Rotterdam, which by coincidence just happened to be in the street of the conference centre.
The whole street was blocked off with a huge stage at one end. The street was absolutely packed with people. It's obviously some sort of South American carnaval as all the music from the stage had a Caribbean feel and in fact, of the people on the street, we estimated that at most 5% were white. That's not to say there weren't many people there. The fact is though that Rotterdam has a huge black population.
Judging from the fact that the
It was excellent and nice and unusual but... probably not so ideal for the last day of the UK as I can well imagine people leaving the congress centre thinking they'd meet up with some friends for some farewell drinks... but they would have been just swallowed up in the crowd.