Monthly Archives: April 2011

two doors

Two doors, two sides of the street.

make happiness

Sunshine and reading A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, I never want it to end.

“People always think that happiness is a faraway thing,” thought Francie, “something complicated and hard to get. Yet, what little things can make it up; a place of shelter when it rains – a cup of strong hot coffee when you’re blue; for man, a cigarette for contentment; a book to read when you’re alone – just to be with someone you love. Those things make happiness.”

(photo via)

Weekend Links #25

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 last week:
1. Listening to the collaborative album by Thao and Mirah over and over again, streaming on NPR until the 26th (pictured above)
2. Reading through the New York Times’ take on Amsterdam, a good start for 36 hours
3. Reading Nicholas Kristof’s article Three Cups of Tea, Spilled
4. Skyping with my little dog. Isn’t she cute all wrapped up in a blanket?

a premature summer

It’s strangely similar to summer here in Amsterdam. Sun-filled days, warm evenings on the balcony, and slow walks through the city. We have had just one bout of morning rain this month. I’m hoping that things balance out in the coming weeks, so the weather saves a bit of strength for when it is truly summertime.

Here, a few sights seen on an afternoon stroll through Oud Zuid.

little shops in Portland

In one month, I will breath the air of the Northwest again. After a stop in Seattle for the wedding of a friend, I’m headed south to Oregon and my family. This also means a trip to some of my favorite stores and some yet-to-be visited shops.

Alder & Co.
last photo, by Rebecca Westby, via
Frances May
Lizard Lounge

Lulu’s Vintage pictured above, via
Makool Loves You first photo, via

Narcisse photo above by Erin Flesch, via
Xtabay Vintage

the move

The Move, a short film inspired by Amsterdam-style moving, illustrated with paper by artist Mandy Smith.

an April evening in Amsterdam

A Friday evening walking through the center of Amsterdam with distant relatives, in town for the weekend. A beautiful dusk sky and the streetlamps along the canal just beginning to light the way.