Had a nice dinner with the woman from Amsterdam and the woman from England via Berlin. Amsterdam was grilling aubergines and courgettes when I walked in. England-Berlin was making a salad and later opening up a package of mackerel. I made gypsy soup with my 1 carrot and 2/3 tomato remaining from IIM, 2/3 zucchini from today, and 1 and 1/2 onions and 2 small potatoes from the communal pile on the kitchen island. Fortunately there were many spices that I could use too: cayenne pepper, dried green onions, tumeric, and fish sauce.
It was a nice dinner.
Amsterdam is so beautiful. She has a face and wavy grey-brown hair that reminds me of Virginia Woolf. Meanwhile England-Berlin resembles Tilda Swinton. Amsterdam was saying to England-Berlin, “I wanted to ask to take your photo, but I thought you are so busy working, finishing before you leave.” England-Berlin said, “no, I would love to, it won’t take long after all, will it?” And because Amsterdam said that England-Berlin looks like Tilda Swinton, they started to talk about Swinton’s films. “Did you see her in that last film?” “Which one? The one set in Italy? I Am Love? That one?” “No.” And now I can’t quite remember the name of the other one. It’s All About someone or other…? Anyhow, next England-Berlin asked if Amsterdam had seen Orlando. From the sidelines, I giggle.
“She’s great in it.”
“Yes. Orlando is a book by Virginia Woolf.”
“Orlando is this character that goes back in time and changes from woman to man and woman again. So it’s quite perfect for her, Tilda Swinton I mean.”
This was all very funny and beautiful. Amsterdam looks just like Virginia Woolf. Less melancholy and a great deal more happy, I should think. But tall, lean, feminine in a statuesque sort of way. With long grey-brown hair that waves around the edges of a face that sees, and skin that has felt sun, laughter and inclement weather.
I wonder if she knows her resemblance?
Amsterdam is a photographer.
England-Berlin is an art historian and critic.
I am here reflecting. And thinking of what to do next.