Hello everyone! Just a quick note to let you know where I am (for those of you who want to know). Ashley and I are currently in Ireland, we arrived here last Saturday. Unfortunately I can't say much about it now, so here is what I wrote a couple of weeks ago while in Liverpool on our day in Amsterdam. I hope to be updating more regularly again soon and sharing stories of the past few weeks.
Amsterdam! What a cool city. I loved the buildings, the adorable men, women and children alike on their bicycles. I love the tram! I prefer it so much more to an underground train where you can't see a thing and all you want to do is take a snooze. We took a morning stroll around Vondelpark. I enjoyed a pancake with strawberries and whipped cream - something I haven't had in ages, it seems. We visited the Anne Frank House which was very sad and sobering, but interesting and important to see. We took a peek inside of a nice shop that we stumbled upon, Fair + Fair. I had to keep my hands far away from my wallet or else I could have purchased enough to redecorate my entire future dream home.
We roamed the streets and admired the canals. I think my favorite thing was meandering around the Jordaan neighborhood, peering into everyone's windows. The homes are beautiful and decorated so perfectly. Many times I was tempted to point my camera inside but more often than not, the lucky owner was sitting on their couch reading the paper, or at the table sipping tea. I'm sure they wouldn't have appreciated my intruding on their privacy, but in retrospect I wish I had been a little bolder and just gone for it anyway! That is how you get the best photos, after all.
I am not thrilled with my photos from Amsterdam, really. This is actually why it's taken me a while to get around to posting this. Every time I looked through the pictures I got bored and/or irritated. Considering we only had one day there, I suppose I didn't get much of a chance to really capture the city in a way I would have liked to. Even still, I wish I had taken more and been more thoughtful about the ones I did take. To be honest I feel that when I started this journey, I did such a better job of documenting all that I was seeing. I always had my camera out and was snapping away at it constantly. Now I'm getting lazy and I am not happy with myself or the results. There's still time to rectify this, though - so I suppose it's good I'm noticing it now!