Two Czech friends are jet pilots in the Czech army, and they generously offered to sit me down in their squadron’s amazing flight simulator – an actual Alca cockpit and a hemisphere projected with a very realistic 3D model of the Czech landscape that completely fills your field of vision. I’ve never played a better video game.
When you’re in Amsterdam, do you have to make a canal with boat postcard photograph? Apparently, yes, you do. And apparently I’ve got quite a thing for dramatic skies and water.
The Amsterdam Buddhist center invited me to give a weekend course, and the coincidence of the extremely early flight and the first lecture in the evening gave me a day to engage in my favourite activity in an unknown city: randomly wandering until thoroughly lost, and seeing what I see. This guy’s strong, clear view, not to mention his nonchalant sword-on-the-shoulder readiness, caught my eye.
Admittedly this was a low photo day; too much getting ready for a weekend away, and the getting away itself. But there’s an attractive romance about a train, not to mention the punchy Deutsche Bahn red, the lines, and the reflections.