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.
Even in the cold winter weather, the city is so beautiful that you feel like you’re walking around inside an old painting.
In 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.
A lot of time was spent just wandering around admiring all the street art.
I tried to do a panorama on this one, but it was such a narrow alley that I couldn’t get backwards enough.
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.
And then a little wisdom for the bike ride..
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.
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.
Today was Tuesday-mini-road trip-day, and I’d borrowed a car to go exploring with a friend. It wasn’t our plan (real adventures shouldn’t have too may plans anyway) but suddenly we stumbled upon a limestone quarry. Seriously, WOW! I tried taking pictures but they don’t even come close to capturing the light, the mesmerizing turquoise color of the lakes and how it emphasizes the white limestone. I felt like tiny sparks lit up inside my brain.
Well, since the pictures didn’t do the place justice, I thought I might as well give them a little twist…
.. and this time, it’s got the sound of a brass band.
My last real adventure was India, which was absolutely magical and ridiculously hard at the same time, just like a real adventure is supposed to be. But that was two years ago, so I’d say it’s about time to set out again. I’ve been researching and planning for the past few months, and it’s all finally coming together. In less than a month, I’ll leave this very cold country to go spend some time down south. Beignets, jazz, second lines, swamp tours, po’boys, streetcars, river boats, it’s all there just waiting for me. I’ll be there for Mardi Gras, and I can’t wait to experience that. Not the s***faced on Burbon Street version, but the real one with the Krewes parading, and the Mardi Gras Indians in their amazing suits.
And the dancing, I have a feeling I’ll be dancing for the entire six weeks there. I think I’m almost ready to step into the flow of New Orleans ♥
These days I’m finding inspiration for the next adventure and my whole being is itching to just pick up and leave right this minute.
I do have a few projects to finish beforehand and so in the meantime I’m channeling all that adventure energy into highly creative processes; a picture I took in Hawaii plus a very fitting quote plus a little copy pasting and taadah- it’s practically art.
At least you can travel back through your memories..
… and also, traveling shows can be an alright compromise..
I’ve recently discovered the show An Idiot Abroad and I’m equally amused and perplexed. Karl, the guy traveling around the world, is not exactly an adventurer and his attitude is less than enthusiastic. But he does have a lot of hilarious comments and this very simple kind of wisdom; the kind that could be confused with ignorance but really is not. Ricky Gervais is the surprisingly mean puppeteer who makes sure the reluctant traveler is confronted with the more challenging aspects of meeting other cultures and although I feel bad for Karl, it’s really entertaining.
soaring into sleep on luminous wings
painting perception in colored brightness
moving in high-speed through astral worlds
waking up smiling on purple sheets
i wasn’t expected to
so i did
and by doing so
i ended up in a place
where what i did
was just the thing
i was expected to
I felt inspired and motivated – by life, by my heart and very much by all you other bloggers who have made long lists of adventures and accomplishments to come in 2013. So I made a list of my own.
May all your lists manifest and your lives become fuller, happier and more adventurous
– and mine, too :)
on a freezing December day
there was a mission
two agents of space and time
traveled across the wide waters
through clear frosty skies
carried by the full moon
twirling in the ray of good will
blowing fuses in the gaze of the Capricorn
continuing on with rosy cheeks
and a clearer vision
following adventure with the sun on our backs