This weekend we had a weekend off from the rest of the world. We went to Groningen.
SO had taken Friday off, to do some stuff that needed to be done, but due to time limitations has been left to be by both of us.
One of those chores was cleaning out the fridge and replacing the seals on the doors.
Yes the same ones that got me flying around town on my bike a few weeks back.
I came home at a decent hour (been working late most nights lately) and we packed our bags. As I had had a meeting out of town earlier in the day I had already bought the train tickets. We’d calculated that taking the train was a little bit more expensive than the car but as it is a three hour drive and a three hour train ride that we would prefer the relaxing train ride. We’d organised it in such a way that we only had to change trains once. At the change station we hopped into our train that would take us to our destination in one go, without having to change trains again. We arrived at the hotel at 9.30 pm-ish and went straight to bed.
The next day we went strolling through the town. Groningen is a nice old city, and rather on the provincial side. Yet as it is at least an hour from any other decently sized town it has all the conveniences of a large town. Surprisingly I found some very nice shoes there. I also found a hat (a must when cycling to work now) It is gorgeous and reminiscent of a forties hat, but more modern in texture and fabric. I was pleased with my purchases.
Lunch we had a a Japanese restaurant Fuji Tei and in the evening we went to Diep a nice restaurant.
Around 7.30pm we went to see what we came for. Laurie Anderson! After a tip from Ty a few weeks back we had managed to get tickets. SO has always been a huge fan of Big Science (and of course O Superman), so we were thrilled with this tip. We went to see Homeland, her latest piece. We felt lucky we had the tickets. It was sold out quickly and even quicker when her husband had requested to be there to perform with her. Her husband of course being Lou Reed from the Velvet Underground.
We arrived reasonably early at 7.45pm, with the concert starting at 8.15pm. We walked into the auditorium and found seats in row five (unnumbered seating) and right in front of the middle of the stage. We had a great view of our artist the whole time. Mind you when she got onto the stage, it took a few seconds for the audience to realise she was there. She is not a person that draws you in when you see her. Not a classic beauty. But when she starts to play and opens her mouth you are hooked.
Laurie Anderson is the type of artists whose work cannot be forced into a specific corner. She is a musician, performer, writer, all round artist really. Her pieces are musicals, speeches and thought provoking. One piece in there is called ‘only an expert‘ and it gives a whole new meaning to the word irony. It is stingy and chillingly true. We totally enjoyed the concert. Lou Reed was mainly there to play the guitar and he performed, at the end, to play the encore. For the best part it was an intimate concert. As if we were seated in her lounge and being played to for just us.
If she is ever in your area it is worth to go and see.
As she, as her audience, is not 20 any more the concert finishes at a decent time i.e. 10.30pm. We walked back to our hotel and crawled into the King Size bed and dreamed of larks and experts.
The next day we tootled back home and finished working on the fridge, had a meal and finished watching the ‘From the Earth to the Moon‘ and had dessert in the form of the Lama’s and Top Gear. A very good weekend had come to close.
Back to work on Monday