First in the video series on Palestinian music. This song is called Yama Mwel el Hawa, يما مويل الهوى. This is a cultural resistance song made popular during the first Intifada by Firqat Al-3ashiqin, or ‘The Lovers’.
يما مويل الهوا يما مويليا ضرب الخناجر ولا حكم النذل فيا ومشيت تحت الشتا والشتا رواني والصيف لما أتى ولع من نيراني بيضل عمري انفدى ندر للحرية يا ليل صاح الندى يشهد على جراحي وانسل جيش العدا من كل النواحي واليل شاف الردى عم يتعلم بيا بارودة الجبل أعلى من العالي مفتح درب الأمل والأمل برجالي يا شعبنا يا بطل أفديك بعينيا
Oh mother, the wind is blowing
(We would prefer)The blows of daggers rather than a villainous leader
I walked in the winter, and the winter kept me company
And the summer, when it came, lit the fire in my heart
The life given to resistance in the pursuit of freedom is not wasted
‘Oh night!” the morning dew cried as it witnessed my injury
Even as the occupying army surrounded me from every corner
But the night saw my response, and learned from me
The rifle in the mountain stands taller than tall
A key, the cornerstone of our hope, and the hope in our men
Oh our nation, oh heroes, I answer your call with my soul
If someone comes to Amsterdam what are good places to stay and things to do/ see and eat? If you can sometimes make a post. Thanks!
✿ places to stay…
there are countless hotels scattered all over amsterdam but my recommendation would not be to stay in the city centre, it’s mostly really expensive and the hotels are usually very small. i’d recommend you to stay in the surrounding neighbourhoods in west (either de baarsjes, oud-west, oud-zuid, overtoom or even nieuw-west) the hotels are actually really close to the city centre and with all the trams it’s easily accessible too. also west is my favorite area :-)
here are some examples of nice places to stay:
de baarsjes area: hotel alp and hotel larende
oud-west/oud-zuid/overtoom area: hotel atlas, hotel conscious (hotels around vondelpark are usually nice, hotel de filosoof used to be my favorite but they’ve closed that down and are now making a pillows hotel out of it)
there’s also this new thing called cityhub, i don’t know if it’s a nice place to stay (certainly not if you’re claustrophobic) but it looks funny though :-)
✿ places to eat…
there really are a lot of places to eat, ranging from affordable to a tad expensive. my current favorite place is probably in the jordaan (vegetarian/vegan), it’s called hummus bistro d&a and their food is amazing and their interior is so cozy and beautiful as well. there’s a tiny indonesian restaurant hidden behind the nieuwe kerk which is just lovely as well and another indonesian restaurant called kantjil & de tijger is really good too. there are also a lot of nice little restaurants in de baarsjes area, specifically speaking de clerqstraat extending into the admiraal de ruyterweg; some nice places there are fier, cantinetta wine & pasta, barspek and speijkervet. there’s also de hallen in west which used to be a tram depot but they turned it all upside down and now there’s a hotel there, an artfilm cinema, vintage shops, a library but also a big indoor food hall; there’s a great variety of (freshly cooked) food and it’s all very nice and very affordable too
museum van loon (shitty staff and they also scammed me but the rooms are pretty)
places to shop:
the nicest districts when it comes to cute stores are the nine streets and the jordaan, i’d really recommend you to stroll around there. there are also some nice stores in magna plaza, such as “things i like things i love”, “sissy boy” and “gekaapt”
jordaan district: every saturday there’s a vintage/organic market at noordermarkt
jordaan district: every monday there’s a fabric market in the westerstraat and at the end it loops into a vintage/book market at noordermarkt
jordaan district: haarlemmerstraat and the extended haarlemmerdijk
the 9 streets (hartenstraat): there’s a lovely shop called exota which sells their own brand called king louie and it’s really cute
the 9 streets (wolvenstraat): definitely try to visit laura dols, it’s gorgeous
near dam square (sint jansstraat): les petites puces is an adorable vintage shop where you can also drink tea and eat yummy cake
near westerkerk (rozengracht): kitsch kitchen is one of my favorite stores, it’s just amazing
other nice things to see/do:
hofjes, like het begijnhof
strolling around the vondelpark
strolling around all the canals (esp prinsengracht, herengracht & keizersgracht)
the flower market
waterlooplein or albert cuyp market
hire some bikes…. if you dare…. (i’d say only if you know how to properly ride one, otherwise it’s… well it could be messy)
westergasfabriek / westerpark
well that’s all i can think of for now, i hope i could be of help! :-)
Brewery : Ommegang Beer : Rosetta Style : Flanders Oud Bruin / Fruit Beer / Belgian Kriek Variance : Matured on Cherries and Blended by Liefmans
9 / 10
I am super disappointed with this beer. Now before you get all mad, it’s not because it’s a bad beer at all because this thing is damn delicious but because after drinking 4 of these I didn’t learn one god damn word in a different language. This rosetta beer is false advertising and I’m suing the shit out of them. What’s that? Rosetta Stone?? Fuck, my bad. That probably explains why I forgot way more words than I learned after a few of these. This is damn near a masterpiece from Ommegang and if I was Rembrandt I would feel like absolute shit about my life’s work even though he’s been dead for over 350 years (fuck him anyways). This starts with a super tart cherry burst with a lot of sweetness before a little sour hit makes you twitch while just mellowing towards the end but maintaining that sweetness leaving it sitting on your tongue long after. This is a great beer that is outside of Ommegang’s usual comfort zone but still fits in nicely with their outstanding lineup and even though Liefmans pretty much crafted this brew for them, it’s still another reason in an endless list why I love these guys. There honestly couldn’t be an easier way to get into craft beer for newbies and if you get the chance to drink this you better take it or else Tim Curry will dress up like Dr. Frank-N-Furter and make sweet love to your face all night long. As for the bastards, this is a phenomenal example of the style and I’d highly recommend picking this up especially if you have a sweet tooth (not the Twisted Metal clown don’t worry) because of it’s great flavor and drinkability. Enjoy!
I recently spent some quality time with a few of Frank Boon’s exquisite lambics. First up were these familiar beauties, with each having spent a couple or more years in their bottles. All the deliciously bold flavours and face puckering acidity you could want.
Name: Cayson Frost Age of Character: Immortal, looks 18 Species: Winter Spirit Face Claim: Lucky Blue Smith Appearance:
Eyes are a light grey, almost white.
Family History: Jack Frost (father) Ivy Frost (sister)
While his father was the fun side of winter, Cayson was more chaotic. He truly would nip at your nose, or turn your fingers blue. He loves making storms and hail, causing strong winds to push you over. He can be kind to those who deserve it, but those people are rare and quite often are people he finds attractive. Everything he does that is seen as good is to benefit him.
Even though he is seemingly rude and obnoxious, Cayson loves painting and dancing. He dances on the wind when he doesn’t think people are paying attention. It is something that he can do that most others can’t. Something that he enjoys and sets him apart from others.
Cayson fears his father hating him. The two are so different, and yet seem to be so similar. He wanted his father’s approval growing up, and still wants it.
Ability to create localized ‘snowstorms’, ride the wind (like his father), form ice.
No one quite knows how Cayson came to be, but he did and that’s all they can say. He was obviously Jack Frost’s child, but who had carried him? Even when his first tooth fell out, the memories of his mother didn’t come with them. The Guardians often passed the responsibility of him around, especially during the winter months when Jack was busy having fun with the children of the world. Busy having snowball fights with them. Too busy to even talk to his own child.
Cayson got angry at the lack of attention he received and made a storm that followed him around for six hours, causing a lot of damage to happen in North’s workshop. He was sent out and told to return when he had calmed down. In his anger, Cayson managed to stray quite far away and managed to get lost. The snow he was creating melted as soon as it was made but his winds seemed to be dragging him toward a quick approaching island. Feeling the winds grow stronger, Cayson crashed down into the sandy beach. He had no idea where he was, but he planned on leaving. He had a home, and this place wasn’t it.