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.
.. and never too old, either.
So whatever your dream is, go for it!
– and never ever give up ♥
If you haven’t already watched this awesome video, do take a few minutes to enjoy the unfolding creativity of this collaboration between Selina Miles and Sofles.
Seriously, I wanna live in that warehouse…
I did not make this, it’s something I came across online and really wanted to share here.
The lines and the colors of it feels raw, almost coincidental, and the message is so simple and so true.
Isn’t is lovely?
Jonathan Safran Foer – Tree of Codes
As you explore the layers of fragmented meaning…
This book is brilliant.
A dear friend of mine posted this picture.
(well actually she didn’t. She posted a different picture with the same text as below but apparently the artist who made that picture wasn’t allowed to borrow the words from yourtruenature.com – and they didn’t approve.)
I thought it has such a wise and simple message and I just had to share it.
(I actually liked the other picture better but the message is still beautiful )
And PS – yourtruenature.com actually has some pretty cool stuff going on so maybe you should go check out their website.
under a full moon
creating magical fright
a willow horse dance
(Willow Horse by James Jean)
I went to an art exhibition yesterday. I went there without expectations and I left sooner than I usually do when going to a museum. The exhibition was about the women of the avant-garde and although I like the concept of avant-garde, apparently I’m not really into the actual avant-garde art.
So, not loving the art but still fascinated by the expression of these uncompromisingly weird women and very inspired by this quote;
Now, I can’t be sure that I actually know what this lady is talking about but to me it sounds a lot like a complexified version of ‘follow your heart’.
The way I see it, one of our main projects in this life is to uncover our own unique essence and then express it as truthfully and uncompromisingly as possible.
So, today I cut my hair. Not entirely sparked by the exhibition but still with an air of synchronicity between the artsy expression and what I have been doing with my life in the past few months.
My new hair is not exactly avant-garde but about 12 inches did end up on my hairdressers floor.