Monthly Archives: January 2011

fresh snow

Wishing for just one more round of snowfall. The temperature in Amsterdam is about right for flurries, but the ground is bare. Snow would make the bitter cold wind more bearable (photos by Jakob Wagner).

Weekend Links #15

Weekend Links is a collection of the interesting bits and pieces that I’ve come across on the streets and online. The weekly post is my chance to share with you a few things from the week, in a list compiled during the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as well.

A few things I enjoyed this week:
1. Seeing the quiet captured in the photographs of Joseph O. Holmes (pictured above, via paper tastebuds)
2. Wishing I were in New York to attend the opening of the exhibition of the work photographer Autumn de Wilde made for The Decemberists (pictured below, via The Impossible Project)
3. Browsing through the lookbook of nümph, a danish fashion label (via blackwhiteyellow)
4. Reading an article about the science behind bacon’s power to seduce vegetarians. Makes perfect sense, but I will still resist.
5. Reconfirming that De Nieuwe Anita is one of my favorite places in Amsterdam

Perhaps It Was a Late Summer 아마 늦은 여름이었을거야

Perhaps It Was a Late Summer (아마 늦은 여름이었을거야) is a zine of photography from Seoul made by Satu Palander. View on blurb (via thank you, ok).


Beautiful. The Sensing Nature exhibition by Tokujin Yoshioka at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo (via 11.54)

Sights on the Street

So far Weekend Links has been a great success, with lots of encouraging feedback from readers. Inspired last week by the most adorable boy in a Bakfiets, I’m going to start a new weekly post titled Sights on the Street. Every day I ride my bike through Amsterdam and see some really odd, beautiful, crazy and/or wonderful things. Maybe like this guy:

This week’s Sights on the Street: a man tossing an umbrella out a third-story window to a grateful friend on the street below. Four Polish men laden down with shopping bags. One man crossing the street with a giant, old school TV in tow.

For me, the idea came from the little boy, sitting in the front basket of a bike with his cute dark-framed glasses. As he spotted something curious in the air, he lifted a pair of binoculars to his face. Words can’t do justice to the perfect scene he created, but it is etched in my mind. Maybe lots of the Sights on the Street will be like that, but let’s see how it goes.

Also, whether you live in Amsterdam or elsewhere, I’d love to hear about some of the sights you see on the streets of your city. Join in!

“We can’t really know what a pleasure it is to run in our own language until we’re forced to stumble in someone else’s.”

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

A quote that rang true for me, with my collection of foreign language books and an ever-evasive fluency of German. I have lived in three countries, but somehow I have never had that privilege of (passionately) studying the language of a country in which I was living. Here in the Netherlands, I have a comfortable level of Dutch, but my real aim has been fluency in German, the language of Marcus. While living in Seoul, I picked up Korean quickly and still scribble away bored nothings in Hangul, but my heart was busy improving my French. Growing up in the States, I studied Spanish, Latin and French. A foundation for each is there, but now is the time to focus on just one. Stumbling on.

The demands of the mind

Weltschmerz is a German word meaning world-weariness and denotes the feeling by someone who understands that the physical world can never meet the demands of the mind. (via constant wanderlust)

After three years of studying German, I’m beginning to think it might just be one of the most poetic languages out there.