Wednesday, October 17, 2007 6:10:41 PM
Many people go on their holiday to relax and have fun. We took ours to learn and get smarter .
This time, we had a lot of fun at the Science Museum, and learned about the carbon emission and how to reduce it. They have a lot of games there, from the stupid ones like "press here to see what Dr. Bouli finds out about the forest fire", to the most complex ones with strategies for saving people from buildings in fire. Very very nice.
But what astonished us the most was, of course, the IMAX 3D Cinema where dinosaurs and giant octopuses just jumped on us leaving us almost with a heart attack... .
We basically spend a whole day there without realizing it. Entrance: free. Food: normal prices. Gifts: tons (I (Gina) wanted to get Triops, but hey... it seems that I was just out of line... for reasons I will never understand... )
Then again, the British Museum: big, clean, lighted, white, noisy and silent, both at the same time.
Lesson of the day: history of people in North America. Strange people I might say . Most interesting stuff to say is about the fishermen, with their prayers and ceremonies to the "Salomon People" to ensure "the return of the fish". They were actually throwing the bones of the fish in the water after the Thanksgiving celebration, to ensure the regeneration of the fish for the next year. .
And then, the people in the Andes were celebrating the earth by holding festivals to the "tio (devil) in the mine", which actually embodied the generative power of the inner earth. The funny thing here is that after the Spanish conquest, the miners were forced to work hard and most of the prayers and offers were to this tio of the mine for protection and security of the mineral wealth. But now, the Indigenous and Catholic believes actually transformed this tio into the Virgin of the Mines, which they celebrate for the same protection . Which makes me wonder: and our God ? who was He ?
From 13th of September 'til 6th of April 2008 you can find there China's Terracotta Army, for those interested. I didn't catch it yet, unfortunately.
We really enjoyed every minute of our little holiday. It's impossible to get bored there. And it's impossible to be an ignorant. And until we move there for good... we enjoy the pictures.