Yesterday I had my Dutch class and surprisingly the teacher noticed my absence the previous Tuesday when I was in Milan 😳 : she asked me a lot of things about my business trip but I couldn’t answer better than several ja or nee. In two weeks the course will end and I feel I didn’t learn that much (I’m such a lazy boy) 😦
I was proudly browsing my Lonely Planet about St Petersburg on the S-Bahn this morning when I found
The city of Sankt Pieterburkh was created on 27 May 1703. Named in Dutch, Peter’s favourite language, and after St Peter, who guards the gates to paradise, Peter from the start referred to the city as his own ‘heaven’ in direct opposition to what he considered to be infernal Moscow.
Lonely Planet might probably have written Pieterburkh to emulate the horrible sound of the g in Dutch, which could be hardly considered anyone’s favourite language (just teasing ). I wasn’t anyway aware of the symbolism about heaven-St Petersburg and hell-Moscow: very interesting explanation, indeed.
As I was expecting, I just got the confirmation that I’m going (together with all my colleagues) to watch The Simpsons Movie on July 25 (one day earlier than the world’s premiere too)! D’oh! So cool!