Saturday, January 29, 2011

Visiting the Peace Palace

Sorry I can't think of better names for my blog posts, but at least you know what you're getting. On Thursday, some of the other interns and I used our lunch break to take a tour of the Peace Palace that's right by our office. You can only go into the palace on a guided tour and you have to book in advance and go through security to get in. And on top of that, no photos are allowed inside the building, so you don't get to see all the beautiful things that I saw. Sorry.

The inside was pretty spectacular. The ceilings have paintings, there's marble everywhere and basically everything you see is a gift from some nation. We also got to see the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the International Court of Justice (where I sat in the head judge's chair). 

We were allowed to take photos outside, so that's all you get from me.

Our group (though you can't see us very well).

This is Sarah, the German, taking some photos. 

I was being a paparazzo.

View as we were being escorted out the gate. Yeah, escorted. They trusted us that little.

Outside the gates is the World Peace Flame (in that gray box on the left) and around it are rocks from every nation. This is Sarah and Joey (he's Australian) looking at the rocks, though I'm not really sure why.

In other news, our new roommate moved in last night. She's Finnish and has lived in Holland before for a year, so she's not really overwhelmed like I was. So far, so good, though. She seems nice.

1 comment:

  1. we are looking at the stones because they are donated by different nations. we were looking for the german/australian one...