Balloon boy

Balloon boy

In 2011 I went to the “Amsterdam 1935-2005” photography exhibition at Stadsarchief Amsterdam. It gave a great overview of Amsterdam throughout the years, both the good and the bad. My favourite was this Cor van Weele photograph, unfortunately I still haven’t been able to find a print of it. If anyone knows where I can find it, let me know!

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New year’s resolutions revisited

Loads of us make new year’s resolutions, and when I revisited this blog I noticed I did so here as well a year ago. I decided to go back and see whether I managed to live up to them.

Enjoy
Jan 2012: I want to enjoy life more, enjoy the good people around me, my new apartment, my job. Too often I find myself caught up in stress, negativity, ‘too busy to enjoy anything’ mode that I need to remind myself that I’m actually doing quite good.
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Jan 2013: Changed job, got rid of negative people around me, focused on people and things that I liked. Maybe worked a bit too hard, but did very well on the enjoy part as well.

Fall in love
Jan 2012: It’s been too long and I miss it. Enough said.
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Jan 2013: Poor performance on this one. Drama with the old, and messed up a chance to fall in love with the new.

Learn a language
Jan 2012: I love learning new languages and besides English I haven’t been practising mine enough. So it’s time to enhance my German and to really learn another language: probably Danish or Swedish. Why? Just because I think it’s fun.
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Jan 2013: This tweet pretty much sums it up. The intentions were there, I signed up for Swedish class but ended up hardly going. Did learn more words though, and actually improved my English too.

Read
Jan 2012: I love to read, to dive into a new world and forget about my own. After reading a good book I can even get sad because the story is over. I want to read more books like that. And maybe, one day, I can have a beautiful bookshelf like the one here below :)
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Jan 2013: I read, not enough as I liked but at least I read some quality books. Some highlights: finally read John Steinbeck’s ‘East of Eden’, was shocked by Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Eating Animals’, enjoyed Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and devoured Geert Mak’s ‘Een Kleine Geschiedenis van Amsterdam’. Thanks to my handyman dad I also managed to create a nice bookcase in my living room, see below.

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“You’re a loser, a rebel, a cause without”

And just like that, after 9 months, I decided to write a blog post again. I don’t think it’ll become a habit, but sometimes you just come across things that you have to share.

Last Sunday I watched the documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man‘, which has been in my mind ever since. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but if you love a great (true) story, can appreciate a beautifully edited documentary with amazing music to accompany it, it will be the best 82 minutes you can spend.

I loved ‘Sugar Man’, ‘I Wonder’ and ‘Inner City Blues’. However the lyrics of ‘Jane S. Piddy’ got to me the most. They’re so good, so good.