Thursday, April 30, 2009
Well, that turned out to be a very sad Queen's day. A man in a car drove through a crowd of people at high speed and through barriers and tried to drive it into the open bus that carried the royal family. Luckily, he veered of course and came to rest at a monument which he hit with high impact. Bodies flew through the air and people laid wounded in the street. Four people died, eight are wounded critically and six are wounded mildly. All festivities of the day in that town they were visiting were canceled. It was a deliberate attempt at assassinating the royal family. Before they cut the suspect out of the car, he admitted as much.
I didn't hear this news until I met Von downtown and she told me about it and I was shocked, because such things just don't happen here. Well, now they do, I guess. Now Queen's Day will never be the same again.
When I came home at six, I watched the news immediately and saw the whole debacle on film and the consequent horror. It's very sad and it surely left its mark on my afternoon. Suddenly I didn't feel like celebrating so much anymore, and I was subdued the whole time. Von and I had a cappuccino and then went to the park to listen to a blues band that was pretty good. The park was packed with people, young and old, and there were refreshment stands all over the place.
After listening to the band we walked around a bit, but it was almost impossible because of the crowd and then decided to go to a Greek restaurant to eat Tzatziki, which is a very thick creamy Greek yogurt with gralic and cucumbers in it. My portion was just enough to eat for me, it was very filling, but it tasted delicious.
I had to wait 50 minutes for my bus to take me home, apparently a bus had a break down somewhere down the line. I made it home 5 minutes before six PM, just in time for the news and enough time left to cuddle the Überhund.
I am sorry, I feel exhausted and completely deflated because of the news. I think I will put on my pajamas and call it an early night. A little bit of sleep puts everything back into perspective. I just heard the news that another heavily injured person died.
Have a good evening, everyone.