I wrote this in the first hours of my ten day trip. I appreciate collecting all the small thing and writing them down, so I can come back later and see how I felt in that moment.
Rainy train stop, tram to Alec’s neighborhood, a decorated charming sitting area near his apartment. A design minded apartment, meeting nina, her warmth and friendliness and i already love her. An apartment filled with things (not minimalistic like in Scandinavia) - photos, trinkets, lamps, plants, pillows, pictures, art, books, stroopwaffles and nuts out on the table. Bicycling to Boom Chicago, seeing the other bikers, all the different shops out, I want to try everything and go down every street. Seeing the comedy show, Americans making fun of America, crowd participation, roasting of Sam Super leaving the group. Fresh hummus and falafel for dinner, oh man how I have missed both. Alec is friends with the bartender and we get free drinks, he knows everyone. Talking with nina about Macedonia, visiting California, conflict in her homeland. Bicycling home and seeing the moon above the still canals, empty streets. Cycling through the Rijks museum and seeing exhibits waiting to be explored, cycling past the I (am) Amsterdam sign. Families, grandmothers, children, men walking around at 1am to eat or from eating their meals during Ramadan. I love this city.
Use your time investing in the things you love. That means less TV, less Facebook news feed, even less tumblr.