NYE Amsterdam

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I live pretty much just around the corner, but it wasn’t until last week that I finally visited Amsterdam. Every time I travel I lose my heart a little bit, falling in love with this new place, the atmosphere, the people. Okay there’s definitely a few places that I don’t have any urge to re-visit, but the general rule is that I fall in love a little. And with Amsterdam as well.

We did HomeExchange, staying in the center of the city in a wonderful neighborhood, having an entire apartment to ourselves, free of cost – for me this is one of the the best ways to travel. I’ve stayed the most amazing places around the world, and only had great experiences. If you haven’t tried this yet, I highly recommend you to.

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Even in the cold winter weather, the city is so beautiful that you feel like you’re walking around inside an old painting.

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IMG_2619In the winter, the Amsterdam Light Festival has filled the city with amazing art installations. This one is titled ‘178 bottles – one message’ and is a reference to the 178 nationalities living in Amsterdam. It’s created from bottles, lighting up while changing into all 178 flags, and obviously the message is LOVE.

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A lot of time was spent just wandering around admiring all the street art. IMG_2647 (2)

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I tried to do a panorama on this one, but it was such a narrow alley that I couldn’t get backwards enough.

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I do love Curtis Kulig and his ‘Love Me’, so seeing this made me happy. Last time was the Easter Egg hunt in New York.

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And then a little wisdom for the bike ride..

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And last, New Years Eve. Simply magical.

We didn’t get home until 6 in the morning – I can’t even remember when I last time partied this long and had so much fun. Btw I think this is the first picture ever on my blog that I’m actually in, even if it is only the back of me.

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If you haven’t been yet, go visit Amsterdam, do homeexchange, explore and have fun. And may 2015 be an amazing year with expanding horizons, valuable insights and a million reasons for gratitude.

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Bring it

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bring the distorted sense of certainty

to this twisted entirety

bring the messiness

the confusing chaos

the emotional wretchedness

bring the blinding clarity

catalyzed by pain too great to contain

too inconvenient to sustain

but consistently

too loud to ignore

bring it all

I surrender

with gratitude greater than ever before

I love it all

Cycles

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again
concluding the cycle at the same juncture
of sadness
with him
it always ends there

when not even the illusion
of hope
can be sustained
I finally disengage
again
but even with distance
the sadness remains

Body

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honor the constantly transforming constellation

of corporeal sensory distraction

and allow this vessel communication

express

only

truth

an entanglement of life itself

this body is sacred

Movement

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such magic in movement

the way a body comes to life

in choreography

unknown only seconds before

transcending the mind

communicating directly with spirit

with Providence

gracefully creating a language of truth

swirling mysteries hidden in flesh

dancing a prayer

of wisdom embodied