Monday, December 31, 2007
One factor that was not contributing to the enjoyment, however, was the renovation work going on - but that must be done, I guess. Another factor was the interesting "electronic map and audio guide" system.
In theory, the audio guide works wonders: you just walk around in the immense complex, and when you come to new sights, the audio guide starts telling you about it. No hassle, just information when you need it. Wonderful!
In practice, it didn't work quite like that. Quite often, the voice would start talking about the next building while you were still looking into one. Or just as often, it wouldn't start talking about the building you was walking around until after you've left it. As we were two persons walking along together, we would wish that the talking started and stopped about the same time, as that would leave some time for us to talk among ourselves. This did not work - my colleague's guide would start talking, and I would be walking desperately around waving my device to make that start as well. I would succeed at the time hers stopped talking again... :-)
Yes, I know I'm making a big fuss about little. The Imperial Palaces are wonderful. They should obviously not be missed on a trip to Beijing. And make sure to have seen a few movies beforehand, for instance "The Last Emperor", to fill the palaces with life for you.
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Posted by Bjørn at 10:31
This is probably one of very few times in my life that I will be awestruck by a wall... Of course, the little part of the wall I saw was not particularly impressive, the impressive part is that it goes on and on and on... Perhaps the most impressive part is just to get the idea and to have the power to make it a reality...
Amazing, amazing, amazing!
(Having lunch on the great wall, eating Finnish "rugbrød" with liver paste, was a great idea by the way - although the Chinese tourists seemed to find it a bigger attraction than the wall...)
Posted by Bjørn at 10:14
Friday, December 21, 2007
A cute. little thing, this. The rat Remy has a wonderful talent for cooking, and finds that he should try to do what he is best in, instead of leading the usual rat life that his father, his father's father and every father before him has lived.
This ensures lots of mildly funny situations. However, the human characters (such as the boy Linguini) are decidedly less charming than the rats - as is often the case in animated movies. So although the movie is okay for killing an hour or two on an intercontinental flight, it is not really memorable.
(It should be noted, though, that movies should be seen in cinemas, not in airplanes...)
Directed by Brad Bird