So off we went, on a biased selection of the pavilions for a one day visit. Our main criterion was utterly utilitarian: We chose those with no or short lines. Hence, it was clear from the first minute that we would not visit the magnificent, omnipresent large red Chinese pavilion. It takes advance reservation, and even with that reservation you have to wait. But, who would come to the expo to see
So the selection was full of surprises.
And here we went on, from
The disappointment of the day was the French pavilion. It started with a traditional dance of the type listed on the list of endangered practices in
The surprise of the day was the Indonesian pavilion. A simple, open architecture, with lots of wood and bamboos, and a welcome by a quantified explanation of the fact that while Indonesia is just 1.3% of the world's landmasses, it accounts from a double digit proportion of biodiversity in terms of plants, fishes, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. It then took the visitor up explaining the need for biodiversity, and moved on to diversity in general, whether ethnic or religious. The display of art was stunning, with a diverse selection showing the raw delicacy of Indonesian art, somewhat half way between Africa and
Altogether, as the day when on, between a moka coffee in