What the Dickens?
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Eva and I had been planning to go to the Dickens Festival in Deventer for a while. For me, there were two main reasons:
1) The Muppet Christmas Carol is one of my favorite movies ever. I mean, Michael Caine manages to wring genuine emotion and pathos out of the eventual fate of a green sock puppet - genius. I know that Miss Piggy can be a bit of a ham (woka woka woka!), but it's a great film. I've read some Dickens too, but for me, Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without the Christmas Carol.
2) The thought of a Dickens festival in the Netherlands, when he's such an English writer, was too much fun to miss out on!
Eva had some last minute essay things to do, but luckily she was able to come in the end.
At this point, the crowd thinned slightly and I stopped feeling claustrophobic.
After we had been around the festival we went down to the river for a walk - it was an unbelievably beautiful day. We wandered around the banks, and thought about getting a boat ride but couldn't get the guy to tell us where you could buy tickets. By that time we were pretty hungry, and we went looking for lunch. There was a Turkish/Kurdish restaurant down a side street, and we had lentil soup with mint and chilli which is something I totally need to learn to cook at home- absolutely fantastic. Then it was time to shover home on the train - the festival was over, and by the time we had patted some sheep and camels that had been stars in the nativity play on the market square the train was absolutely rammed. We stood up until the last but one stop, getting stared at by some really creepy guy who kept biting his fingers and grinning. We were really glad to get home! But altogether, it was an amazing day.