Friday, 7 October 2016

The Crypts Travelgram: Body Worlds Amsterdam The Happiness Project and Lovers Canal Cruise




Gunther Von Hagens' Body Worlds The Happiness Project is a permanent exhibition in the heart of Amsterdam exploring what happiness is and the science behind it.


The first question I got asked by anyone who knew I was attending this exhibition was: 'Is it true they use real human bodies?' And the answer is YES! Body Worlds uses the bodies of people who wished to donate their bodies after their death for Plastination to educate people about anatomy and physiology. So what is Plastination I hear you ask, well, 'it is a technique that stops the decomposition of the dead body and produces solid odourless and durable anatomical specimens for scientific and medical training'. It was invented by Dr. Gunther von Hagens in 1977 at the University of Heideberg. These people specifically asked to be used in public exhibition and the main focus of these exhibitions is health education.



Gunther Von Hagens, Institute for Plastination 
Heideberg,Germany, http://www.bodyworlds.nl/en/


The creative and cenceptual designer of all the Body Worlds exhibitions is Angelina Whalley, In this exhibition she conveys the link between our health and happiness. Many people may feel that walking into the exhibition there is going to be a terrible morbid feeling due to the bodies but it is in fact quite the opposite. I felt truly inspired and walked away thinking about ways in which I can take control of my own happiness and the bad habits I need to change in my life in order to achieve this. Being unhappy and stressed takes its physical toll on the body leading to a whole host of illness'



Gunther Von Hagens, Institute for Plastination 
Heideberg,Germany, http://www.bodyworlds.nl/en/


For anyone who has a fascination with how the body works you will be truly captivated by this exhibition. Every inch of the internal body is covered and it is mind blowing how complex us humans are. It is truly a unique experience that I recommend everyone visit.


As you walk through the exhibition you keep saying to yourself, 'these are real people', it can be quite hard to get your head around which makes the exhibition even more intriquing and you will find yourself standing staring at the one piece for ages. Full marks at 5/5 and a Crypt Travelgram Must See!!!




https://www.lovers.nl/en/


Following our trip to Body Worlds we had a tranquil trip on the Lovers Canal Cruise. What a fantastic way to see the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Each passenger is given a set of ear phones which you simply plug in, sit back, relax and listen to all the interesting facts on different points of interest which you pass by. I particularly liked the snips of local knowledge during the cruise, for example where you can buy the best Apple Pie in Amsterdam.


I am giving the Lovers Canal Cruise 4/5. It looses full marks because the driver of the boat could have been a bit more pleasant. 









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