It’s time to publish the last piano from year 2015, which was a public one in a library in Amsterdam, where I traveled after Paris on the first days of November. The library was located near the center, in a neat location by the water.
This bookstore, located in the centre of Paris, at a bank of the river Seine close to the gorgeous Notre Dame cathedral, is a very intriguing place.
Founded in 1951 by George Whitman, It has been an important place for expats, writers and artists, among others. Many famous authors have visited the store.
It is also possible to stay in the bookstore as a quest. Yes, you can be accommodated there, in the upstairs there are beds along the book-filled walls. In order to stay there, you have to read one book per day, help in the store, and write an one-page biography about yourself.
This one was in St. Pancras International station, where trains towards continental Europe leave. There were actually three pianos, but I chose one. Short visit to Buckingham palace put in as an extra.
I believe in the power of music to bring people and cultures together and to act as a catalyst for positive change. This was the main reason I started to do this quest, and it is now more important than ever, considering recent happenings and developments in the world.
If we give in to fear and hate, we will give our power away to those who wish to control us. It is ok to feel those emotions of course, but not to let them control you. Transferring those feelings into ones of love and hope is the challenge for us.
With that in mind, we will go now to London, which was my next stop. Coming in terms with the transportation system upon arriving to Gatwick, I took a train to Lewisham, where my place to stay for couple of days was located.
My most helpful host gave me a hint of a place nearby, called Jam Circus. So there I went, to discover a piano named Joanna. She was apparently rescued from being trashed, was then repaired, and given new home at Jam Circus, a friendly pub where there were also some nice live music later in the evening.