Today we went to the Kröller-Müller Museum, situated at Hoge Veluwe National Park. I now know from personal experience it is indeed ‘High’ – that’s what the ‘Hoge’ part of the name stands for. We took bikes from Arnhem central station, and getting to Kröller-Müller was mostly uphill – slow going.

Anyways, we got there, spent time with the ‘Botanical Madness’ on show now – liked the plant drawings best – and visited the sculpture garden. They had a sound piece by Suzan Phillipsz that I really liked – conch sounds representing the 8 major winds. The piece gives the wood magic – beautiful.

Anyways, on our way back I did something that I’ve been wanting to do for ages. It was Dutch poet Kloos who minted the phrase ‘De natuur is mooi, maar ik moet er wel een borrel bij hebben’ which roughly translates to ‘Nature is beautiful, but best admired with a stiff drink in hand. So on our way back from the museum – hot, but thankfully mostly downhill – we stopped at a site of great natural beauty, parked our bikes, then plundered our backpacks for beers and nibbles. And sat our hot, tired and dusty bodies down to commune with nature.

Don’t know that drinking my beer there and then made me appreciate nature more. It does qualify as one of the best timed drinks of my life, though. Conclusion: will have to repeat the experiment to gather more data.

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