Monthly Archives: February 2011

in the west

Just a few pictures from a Sunday morning walk through west Amsterdam, which led to the discovery of this beautiful piece of graffiti, a bicycle floating in the canal and a close-up look at my favorite empty construction site. A nice step away from the cute scene in the center of Amsterdam, towards something a bit dirtier and familiar. I guess that what keeps me going back to Berlin time and again.



grijs has grown on me.

two valentines

For the humorous side, a fantastic Valentine’s Day cards made by NPR (via constantwanderlust).

For the romantic side, the letter from Captain Frederick Wentworth to Anne Elliott in my favorite Jane Austen book, Persuasion:

I can listen no longer in silence. I must speak to you by such means as are within my reach. You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. Dare not say that man forgets sooner than woman, that his love has an earlier death. I have loved none but you. Unjust I may have been, weak and resentful I have been, but never inconstant. You alone have brought me to Bath. For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? I had not waited even these ten days, could I have read your feelings, as I think you must have penetrated mine. I can hardly write. I am every instant hearing something which overpowers me. You sink your voice, but I can distinguish the tones of that voice when they would be lost on others. Too good, too excellent creature! You do us justice, indeed. You do believe that there is true attachment and constancy among men. Believe it to be most fervent, most undeviating in.

F. W. (via hila-lumiere)

a photo and a quote

Two things I love: poetic language and a string of lights.

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women. And, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

– John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society (via unicornology)

Weekend Links #17

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 winners of the annual World Press Photo contest
2. Listening to an NPR interview with Over the Rhine (pictured above), a band whose music brings back memories of a Boston winter and a corner room
3. Tasting Afghan food for the first time at Mantoe
4. Watching the Chinese New Year celebrations in this short video (via wearethedigitalkids)
5. Browsing the collection at La Rosa Curiosa, a little vintage clothing store that is quickly becoming a favorite in Amsterdam (pictured below, image via bheart)
6. Watching this video of the celebrations in Egypt

photo echo

I’ve been following the photography of the two sisters behind Photo Echo for a while now. The concept is the ‘call and response’ of an image taken by Kelly and Erin each in their own location: one in Portland, Oregon and one in La Rioja, Spain.

Beautiful, simple and I always get a touch of home in the images from Oregon. This is probably my favorite photo diptych so far, the image on the right of a sign bearing my family name in front of an old stone wall. And the image on the left showing signs in an Oregon forest, one pointing towards the library, the other pointing towards the trail (perfect!).

the perfect drink infographic

A colorful collection of infographics by Brazilian illustrator Fabio Rex depicting how to make the perfect drink. See more here (via