The brothers Jacob (1785–1863) and Wilhelm Grimm (1786–1859) were German cultural researchers and authors who collected and published German folklore during the 19th century.
Other than sometimes falsely assumed, the brothers didn't make up the fairy tales themselves, but penned down popular German folk tales. With the movement of Romanticism that started in the late 18th century, the interest in fairy tales revived. Read more
The 'Grand Tour' was a trip through Europe that was untertaken by rich Englishmen, mainly from the upper class. Later also Americans took on the journey, as did Mark Twain, who wrote a satirical book about it. Because the journey was a rather expensive undertaking, travellers usually stayed in post stations or even in horse stables. Only the very rich could afford a coach of their own, most travellers were dependent on rather uncomfortable post carriages. Read more
On the 27th of October 2016, an exhibition of Jan Toorop's oeuvre with over 130 works opened in museum Villa Stuck in Munich. I didn't know Toorop's works, to be honest, but a quick look into the internet made me curious to go. And I was overwhelmed with the exhibition: how could one single person paint so excellently in so many different styles? Read more
Currently I am in a phase of struggling between what I should do and what I want to do. I want to gain more attention for my website, and to get that, I need to promote myself via social media. I do have an account on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and in order to get more engaged followers, I need to post regurlarly, and engage myself - that's what you can read in every social media marketing guidebook. But when I... Read more
In one of my former blogs, I wrote about the Dutch creating ‘polders’ by draining lakes. This even went so far that the twelfth province of The Netherlands, Flevoland, was entirely created by reclaiming land from the former Zuiderzee. Read more
Being a pirate was not only men’s business. There were quite some ladies infesting the seas, more than we could probably guess. Two of them are very well known for their ruthlessness, however, and their names were Anne Bonny and Mary Read.
They all laughed at him mockingly, his fellow people from the Cherokee tribe. But Sequoyah, son of a white father and a Cherokee mother, continued on his project rigidly, with success: he ultimately presented the Cherokee syllabary, making it possible for Cherokee to write and read in their language for the first time. Read more
Eine schicksalhafte Begegnung
Een bar, een ontmoeting
The tale of Pocahontas and Captain John Smith is well known all over the world. The story of the native American woman, who saves the life of an English settler in Jamestown, Viriginia, still intrigues people after over 400 years. Read more
The Route 66 is one of the original highways in the United States of America. It was established in 1626 and started in Chicago, Illinois, heading west through Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona before ending in Santa Monica, California. The route spreads over 3,940 kilometers, crossing a great variety of landscapes. Read more
On February 2, 1848, the American-Mexican War ended with the signing of a treaty that left California in the hands of the United States. Eight days before, carpenter James Marshall had found flakes of gold in the American River in the Sierra Nevada mountains while building a sawmill of John A. Sutter, who owned a ranch in Sacramento Valley. To test if it was gold, Marshall tried to break the nugget between two rocks - only to find out that it could change shape, but not broken. He was sure that what he had discovered, was gold. Read more
A dandy horse, a giant wheel you can sit in, an ice velocipede or a bicycle railway: it all was inventend in the 19th and early 20th century. Here's twelve designs of cycles that you probably haven't seen before - in some cases, that's a real pity!
Hugo Grotius (1583-1645) was a little genius; he entered the University of Leiden aged eleven, and published his first book when he was sixteen. He became the most important legal advisor of Johan van Oldenbarneveldt, Grand Pensionary of the most important province in the Netherlands: Holland. Read more
Bethlem Royal Hospital, better known as Bedlam, is universally known as the most dreadful mental asylum you can end up in. At the same time, it was the world's first hospital for the mentally ill. Time to dive into the story of this famous, yet infamous, psychiatric institution. Read more
The American Civil war was a war between the Northern and Southern states of America. Whereas the North felt slavery was wrong more and more, the South still heavily relied on that institution. When President Lincoln was elected, the South states seceded from the Union and a war between the States started. Read more about the war that meant the end of slavery.
Gustave Doré was the best known and best paid illustrator of his time. His works appear in famous classics like the Holy Bible, Dante's Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, Paradise Lost and many more. However, Doré wasn't only an illustrator, but a very good painter and sculptor as well. His scenes are well-loved and still inspire people today. Read more about this multi-talented man.
The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was the armed conflict between Great Britain and thirteen of its North American colonies. During the war, the United States of America were born and had become a republic with a chosen president. In this article, I explore the timeline of the war on the basis of 16 pictures.
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Ein Opfer für die Liebe
Een offer voor de liefde
Around 1900, many inventions revolutionized the world. No wonder that at the turn of the century, the possibilities for the future seemed endless. This influenced many artists - just think about the immensely popular science fiction novels by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. In the period 1899-1901, a french company hired several graphic artists to create a series of illustrations called "En L'An 2000", on which they depicted what they thought everyday life would look like in the year 2000. Read more
Time is a difficult concept. The longer you think about it, the more complicate it gets. Fortunately, you don’t really need to think about it either – it’s just like maths in that respect ;-).
Nevertheless, I was surprised to learn that it wasn’t until 1909 that a uniform time was used in the Netherlands: 19 minutes and 32.13 seconds ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. In 1937, this was simplified to 20 minutes (GMT +00:20), and when Germany occupied The Netherlands in May 1940, Central European Time (GMT +01:00) was established as the official Dutch time. This finding made me want to investigate the concept of time and time zones further. Read the full article!
Because it was such a success last year, I made another bookish Christmas calendar this december. My Facebook followers could see a new picture of a book or a bookstore every day from December 1st through December 24th. I now collected all photos here, you can see them following this link!
It isn't the smartest thing to marry a prince that is nicknamed "the Fair" when you have a tendency to jealousy, one would say. But princesses in the 15th century couldn't choose their husbands; their marriages were arranged for political reasons. Joan was one of the luckier girls, since she was betrothed to a man she absolutely adored: Philip "The Fair" of Austria. She loved him fanatically, which made her grow mad eventually... Read more
Elisabeth of Austria, also known as Sisi, is one of the most famous royal people in history. Her life was very unhappy, but still she has become an icon: thanks to her beauty, the mystery that she had created around herself, and her tragic death. The world-famous movies with Romy Schneider playing Sisi are popular, but not portraying the full and true story of the unhappy empress... Read more
Mata Hari - the name alone sounds like oriental mystery, seduction and espionage. The girl behind the name was born Margaretha Geertruida Zelle in the Frisian town of Leeuwarden, and has turned into a legend.
She was born in 1876 as the first child of a hatter and oil-invester. She grew up in wealth, and being the first daughter she was shamelessly spoiled by her father. She would go around in fancy dresses, and be an outsider because of her flamboyant appearance. Read more
It was not until I saw a documentary about the Osman Empire and recognized the name of Roxelana, the favorite consort of Sultan Suleiman, from a song I like very much, that I came up with an idea. The song appears on an album by Dutch singer Petra Berger, and as it happens, she has two albums full of songs dedicated to famous, historical women. This inspired me for a new project: I want to dive into the worlds of women who have changed the course of history. I took the freedom to use Petra's album title for my series, and at the same time I hope it will inspire my readers to listen to her music. The first piece is dedicated to the Celtic queen Boudica, who challenged the Roman Emperor nearly 2,000 years ago... Read more
Wir rannten und lachten
Wir rannten und lachten. Ab dem Tag, an dem du in das Nachbarhaus gezogen bist, waren wir unzertrennlich. Deine Eltern statteten uns einen Besuch ab und waren sehr erfreut, als sie mich antrafen. Ein Nachbarsjunge im gleichen Alter wie ihr Sohn, das war doch herrlich. Sie hofften, dass wir gute Kameraden werden würden. Und das wurden wir. Wir konnten stundenlang in meinem Zimmerchen sitzen und reden, lesen oder mit meinen Spielzeugautos spielen. Ich hatte nicht viel Spielzeug, das war in der Zeit noch nicht so üblich, aber du wusstest immer etwas zu erzählen und dachtest dir eine nach der anderen Geschichte aus. Weiterlesen
We renden en lachten
We renden en we lachten. Vanaf de dag dat je naast ons kwam te wonen waren we onafscheidelijk. Jouw ouders kwamen bij ons op bezoek om zich voor te stellen en ze waren maar wat blij toen ze mij zagen. Een buurjongetje van dezelfde leeftijd als hun zoon, was dat niet heerlijk? Ze hoopten dat we goede speelkameraden zouden worden. En dat werden we. We konden urenlang op mijn kamertje zitten praten, lezen of met mijn autootjes spelen. Ik had niet veel speelgoed, dat was er in die tijd niet, maar jij wist altijd wel iets te vertellen; ik hing aan je lippen al je weer eens een verhaal had verzonnen.
The French Revolution had brought lots of change to France. In July 1989, the state prison Bastille was assaulted and the feudal system was abolished. In 1792, King Louis XVI was deposed and France was turned into a Republic. The National Convention first met in September 1792. In January 1793, the former king was beheaded by means of the guillotine. After Louis XVI’s execution, a period of violence dawned: terror took reign over France. Read more
The beginning of the 17th century still was a period of religious unrest in France. The Wars of Religion had come to an end with the Edict of Nantes, which was issued by King Henry IV in 1598, but the relationship between Catholics and Huguenots remained to be tense. But while people sought to find the right way to worship God, there were plenty who were curious for his antithesis. This curiosity could go so far that it lurked Parisians into the depths of the city - into the caverns of hell. Read more
Catherine de' Medici was one of the most influential woman at French court and declared the most powerful woman in sixteenth century Europe next to Elizabeth I of England. Many legends have risen after her death, and she is often being displayed as a black widow, a royal poisoner and a tyrant - the latter because people blame her for having initiated the St. Bartholomew Day Massacre. In Alexandre Dumas' novel 'La Reine Margot', Catherine plays the role of an intrigeous mother that skillfully gets rid of everyone that comes in her way. Read more
The French War of Religions between the Catholics and the relatively new Protestant movement were extremely cruel. The worst of the century's religious massacres was the massacre of on St. Bartholomew's Day in 1572, which started in Paris but spread throughout the country very fast. Read more
‘I want to be a second Augustus… because Augustus… made Rome a city of marble.’ - Louis Napoleon (1842)
Have you ever wondered why central Paris lacks the dark and narrow passage ways you'd expect in a city old as she is? Or have you thought about how it comes there aren't any medieval houses left to see in the city center? You find it hard as me to imagine the uprising, the pursuits and the barricades as described in Victor Hugo's Les Miserables in the streets of Paris you know them today? Monsieur Haussmann is to thank - he completely changed the view of the city in less than twenty years. Read more
Lana fand es immer faszinierend mit anzusehen, wie der beleuchtete Streifen auf der mit buntem Graffiti bemalten Wand immer schmaler wurde und sich dann endgültig auflöste. Sie kam immer früh, um das letzte Sonnenlicht aus dem außer Betrieb genommenen Bahnhof verschwinden zu sehen. Der Termin stand wie immer zum Einbruch der Dunkelheit, und obwohl das ein ziemlich vages Zeitfenster war, wusste sie, dass die Jungs noch eine Weile auf sich warten lassen würden. Sie fand es auch gut so. Obwohl sie den Anlass für ihre Anwesenheit am sogenannten Geisterbahnhof mittlerweile verabscheute, tat die einsame, durch ihre Verlassenheit etwas gruselige Gegend ihr gut. Weiterlesen
Lana had always found it fascinating to watch how the stream of sunlight that lit the graffiti covered walls narrowed down until it finally disappeared completely. She always used to show up early, to make sure she could watch the sunlight vanishing from the deserted station, which was taken out of service ages ago. Her appointment was set at nightfall, as always, and even if this was a rather indefinite timeframe, she knew it would take another while until the boys would appear. She liked it that way. Even though she hated the reason for her presence in this so-called ghost station, the lonely, slightly eerie place gave her a comfortable feeling. It was only at this site where she could find the time and space she needed to think. The colorful, clamorous graffiti paintings – some of them freshly sprayed, some old and weather-stained, the neglectfully left behind beer cans... Read more
If you have to be moralistic and are stringed by rules and regulations the whole year, it's only fair to be able let the beast out on one single day a year. At least that's how the clergy reasoned in the late Middle Ages. The day they picked for their debaucheries was New Year's Day, and they called it the Feast of Fools. Read more
Maybe you've heard of that mythical place called the Court of Miracles
Where the lame can walk and the blind can see...
So it is sung in the 1996 Disney classic ’The Hunchback of Notre Dame’, based on the brilliant 1831 novel by Parisian author Victor Hugo. In the book, the Court of Miracles is the home base for criminals, outcasts and gypsies, ruled by the King of Truands; Clopin Trouillefou. Although his character is fictional, the Court of Miracles did really exist. It was a lawless area of Paris located between the rue du Caire and the rue Réaumur (in the current second arrondissement), where beggars, migrants, prostitutes and criminals resided during the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XIV. Read more
The story of Denis Diderot’s encyclopedia is fascinating. In the country of France during the ancien régime, a time long before the freedom of press, a group of philosophers, scientists and other kinds of bohemians congregated in the literary cafes of Paris. Their goal: to write a dictionary that would make all the world’s knowledge accessible for everyone. And as if it wasn’t tricky enough to undermine the clergy’s monopoly on knowledge, Diderot and company aimed to describe all the arts and crafts in their work, and they were not planning to spend lots of words on the biographies of noblemen. To say this was a revolutionary and dangerous goal would be an understatement... Read more
Nicolas Flamel is one of the most famous alchemists that have ever lived, but it is not even proven that he was one. All we know of his alchemic doings, we know from a book that appeared in the 17th century. It is unclear whether he wrote his quest to the Philosopher's Stone himself, since there were never found further indications suggesting he has ever dealt with alchemy. His person has found interest ever since. Victor Hugo mentioned him in the Hunchback of Notre Dame, and he is referred to in best sellers like J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code. Who was this man, actually? Read more
L'Ossuaire Municipal in Paris holds the bones of about 6 million people. A small part of the 321 km long tunnel network has been a popular tourist attraction since 1874, but this subterranean museum was not exactly planned as being one. Rather, two threats for the city of Paris made it inevitable to create that what we know as the Catacombs of Paris today... Read more
The Marquis de Sade would have frowned if he had seen today's people blushing when they admit to have read '50 Shades of Grey'. The name giver of SM is in his right when doing so. Compared to his writings, the immensely popular erotic novels are nursery stories. But although he is best known for his pornographic works, it would be inaccurate to portray him as a mere writer of erotic stories. In his many philosophical passages and political tracts, he plead for total freedom - freedom of religion, freedom of general morality and, indeed, freedom of sexuality. Ironically, he spent almost half of his life in prison for living this sense of freedom. Read more...
The city of Paris bears lots of mysteries. In a special feature which I've called Paris Noir: the other history of Paris, I am going to explore a couple of these mysteries. Has there been a phantom haunting the Opéra Garnier? Who was the man in the iron mask? Who were in the secret assembly that wrote the Encyclopedia, a book that would be a main factor in the development of the Revolution? And what, in turn, did the Revolution mean to the world? I am going to dive into the worlds of Marquis de Sade, Nicolas Flamel and Catherine de Medici, I am going to do research on royal intrigues, revolutions, alchemy, ghosts, religious wars and lots more.
First feature: The Phantom of the Opera
Edgar Allan Poe
Der Tod einer schönen Frau war das poetischste, was er sich vorstellen konnte. Er hat tatsächlich mehrere Geschichten geschrieben, die sich darum drehen. Die Horrorgeschichten, durch die er hierzulande vor allem bekannt geworden ist, machen nur einen relativ kleinen Teil seines Werks aus. Die meisten seiner Erzählungen sind satirische Groteske, in denen er Menschen (nicht selten reale Personen aus seiner Umgebung) oder die Gesellschaft im Allgemeinen verspottet.
Edgar Allan Poe ist nicht gerade der umgänglichste Autor in der Literaturgeschichte. Er hatte eine hohe Meinung von sich selbst und seinen Werken, und konnte es nicht verkraften wenn jemand anderer Ansicht war. Selbst war er anderen Autoren gegenüber allerdings gnadenlos: er war schon früh ein berüchtigter Kritiker, der dafür bekannt war, kein Blatt vor den Mund zu nehmen. Weiterlesen...
Edgar Allan Poe
The death of a beautiful woman was the most poetic thing he could imagine. He indeed wrote a couple of narratives with this subject. The horror stories for which he is most known today represent only a relatively small part of his work. Most of his works are satiric grotesques, in which he ridicules people (and he didn't hold back to persiflate his colleagues or competitors) or society in general.
Edgar Allan Poe is not exactly the friendliest author in the history of literature. He had a high opinion of himself and his work, and could hardly cope with it if someone disagreed with him. On the other hand he was merciless against other authors and their publications: very early in his career he had grown to an infamous literary critic who was known for not mincing matters. Read more...
Es war an einem grauen Dienstagmorgen, als ich mein Haus verließ mit der Absicht, die Gesellschaft kennenzulernen. Die Idee hat brodelte schob seit langem in mir, auch wenn es dauerte, bis ich ihr auf den Grund gekommen war. Zunächst war mir nicht klar, was meine Geistesunruhe bedeutete – Sie kennen zweifellos das Empfinden, einen Einfall zu haben, genau jenen Einfall aber sorgfältig hinter Riegeln verschlossen zu finden, die nur Zeit und Geduld öffnen können. Ich zählte also die Stunden, bis die Riegel sich geöffnet und die Ketten, mit denen die Idee gefesselt war, sich gelöst hatten, bevor ich zur Handlung übergehen konnte. Weiterlesen...
Seine Erfindung veränderte die Welt: Drucken und dadurch Massenkommunikation wurde auf einem Schlag viel einfacher. Seine Technik fand innerhalb von zehn Jahren nach seinem Tod in den meisten euro- päischen Ländern Anwendung. Die älteste digitale Bibliothek mit Tausenden Abertausenden online verfügbarer Bücher trägt seinen Namen, ein Asteroid wurde nach ihm benannt, und er wird allgemein als einer der einflußreichsten Personen in der Geschichte der Menschheit anerkannt. Wir reden von Johannes Gutenberg, einem Goldschmied der um 1400 in Mainz geboren wurde. Weiterlesen...
His invention changed the world: printing and there- fore mass commu- nication became much easier on a strike. His tech- nique was known and used in most European countries within ten years after his death. The oldest digital library with thousands of online available books was named after him, an asteroid bears his name, and he is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential people in the history of mankind. Read more...
In the weeks before Christmas, I published a literary advent calendar on my Facebook page. I took photos of my favorite books and tried to express the atmosphere of the book in the scenery of the photo. Now that it's over, you can see all of these pictures here in my blog.
If you want to read more about the books and my opinion, check out the album on my Facebook page!
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Die Romantische Periode war eine hauptsächlich europäische Bewegung, die ihren Höhepunkt zwischen 1790 und 1860 erlebte. Die Bewegung kann als eine Reaktion auf die Industrielle Revolution und die Periode der Aufklärung betrachtet werden. Die Kernidee der Aufklärung war ein rationalistisches Weltbild. Die Romantiker stellten sich da liniengerade gegenüber: sie sahen die menschliche Vernunft nicht als eine Macht über allen Dingen, sondern betrachteten Menschen als der Natur untergeordnete Wesen. Romantiker sehen eine irratonale, mysteriöse und ungreifbare Seite der Realität. Menschen, glauben sie, fügen sich vielmehr ihre Emotionen statt ihre Vernunft, und leben eher nach ihren Verlangen als nach ihren rationalen Gedanken. Weiterlesen...
The Romantic Era
The Romantic period was a mainly European artistic and literary movement that celebrated its peak between 1790 and 1860. The movement can be seen as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightment. Whereas the main point of Enlightment was a rationalistic world view, the main idea of Romantisicism is the complete opposite. Romanticists do not trust in the human ratio as a mighty power above all things, but see themselves subordinated to nature. Romanticists perceive a irrational, mysterious and incomprehensive side of reality. Humans, they believe, do rather follow their emotions instead of reason alone, and thus tend to live by their desires rather than their rational thoughts. Read more...
Von einer Katze
Sie haben einen Hund dazu genommen. Ich teile das Haus jetzt mit einem faulen, dummen Tier, das jetzt "des Herrchens bester Freund" ist. Dass er die Menschen überhaupt als seine Herren anerkennt ist schon peinlich an sich, aber dass er sich auch noch auf einen Freundschaft mit ihnen einlässt ist mir völlig unverständlich. Sie, die Menschen, meinen übrigens auch, dass sie mein Herr sind, obgleich ich mir doch jeden Tag von denen mein Essen servieren lasse, wodurch sie doch eindeutig meine Diener und nicht meine Herren sind – aber die Logik der Menschen, dem abhängigsten Wesen dieser Welt, ist für die Intelligenteren unter uns nun einmal schwerlich zu begreifen. Weiterlesen...
A cat's thoughts
They got themselves a dog. I now share this place with a lazy, stupid animal, which is now called “the master's best friend”. The fact he recognizes a human as his master is embarrassing in itself, but that he, in top of that, lives in friendship with them, is completely incomprehensible to me. They, the humans, seem to believe they are my masters as well, although they serve my food every day, which undeniably makes them my servants and not my masters – but the humans’ logic will ever be difficult to understand for the more intelligent sort. Read more...
Der Nächtliche Besuch
Ich liebe den Herbst - er ist die farbigste aller Jahreszeiten. Nicht nur das Laub leuchtet in einer Farbenpracht von grün über gelb bis dunkelrot; auch der Himmel zeigt die prächtigsten Schattierungen. Haben Sie schon einmal den Sonnenaufgang im Herbst mit dem im Sommer verglichen? Im Herbst scheinen die Wolken am Himmel zu brennen, erst im leuchtenden Rot, das sich immer mehr nach Rosa verändert, bis es schließlich orange, dann gelb wird und schließlich ganz verblasst. Der ganze Zauber dauert zehn, höchstens fünfzehn Minuten. Am Abend wiederholt sich das Schauspiel in umgekehrter Abfolge: die Welt wird in ein herrliches Orange gehüllt; die Schatten der Bäume, Menschen und Häuser kriechen meterweit über die Erde, bis sie sich am Ende mit der Dämmerung vereinen. Aber dann tritt unaufhaltsam das ein, wovor ich mich am meisten von allem in der Welt fürchte: die Dunkelheit. Weiterlesen...
The Nocturnal Visit
I love the autumn - it is the most colorful of all seasons. Not only the foliage shines in a fascinating range of colors - from green to yellow to dark red; also the skies show the most magnificent shades. Have you ever compared the sunrise in the fall with that in summer? In autumn, the clouds seem to burn in the sky, initially in bright red, which changes more and more to pink, then orange, then yellow, until finally, all color completely fades away. This magic lasts ten, fifteen minutes at the most. In the evening the spectacle is repeated in reversed sequence: the world is wrapped in a gorgeous orange; the shade of the trees, people and houses creep on the ground and grow longer and larger, until eventually they become one with the dawn. And then, inevitably, the one thing I fear the most of everything in the world turns in: the darkness. Read more...
Genesis oder die geschriebene Wahrheit
Sie fuhr hoch und schaute verwirrt um sich herum.
She suddenly woke up and looked around, wildly confused.
Da Bilder manchmal mehr sagen als tausend Worte, bastele ich gerne Zeittafel und Übersichtsdarstellungen. Das letzte Thema, womit ich mich beschäftigt habe, ist die niederländischen Geschichte von 1500 bis 1900. Durch die Zeittafel intensiv zu studieren, kann jeder etwas zur Geschichte der Niederlande lernen!
Zu den Zeittafeln...
Nach dem Fall
Es begann mit einem ohrenbetäubenden Knall. Darauf folgte der Sturz; ein schnelles, regelmäßiges Fallen, immer tiefer, oder höher, denn nicht nur ich, sondern auch die Gegend um mich herum drehte sich, so dass ich bald nicht mehr wusste, was oben und was unten war. Ich befand mich in einer Art unendlichem Tunnel. Ein buntes Gemisch aus Farben, unerkennbaren Formen und - und das war das Schlimmste - Geräusche umgab mich. Durch meine Geschwindigkeit hörte ich immer nur Fragmente von Lauten; hohe, schrille, tiefe, laute, beängstigende Töne, jeweils für nur einen Bruchteil einer Sekunde; es machte mich geradezu verrückt. Weiterlesen...
It began with a deafening bang, which was followed by a fall; a fast, regular descending, deeper, or higher, because not only I, but also the area around me was turning around, so I soon did not know which way was up and which was down. I found myself in some sort of endless tunnel. A vivid mixture of colors, shapes and indefinable sounds were surrounding me. Due to my speed I could only hear fragments of the noise; high, shrill, deep, loud, scary sounds, each for only a fraction of a second, which were well on their way driving me mad. Read more...