It’s quickly turning to autumn here in Amsterdam. Yesterday evening I biked through the rain to a colleague’s wedding, wondering if my dress and hair would survive. They did and it was a lovely night, which has led to a slow morning. But now the sun is peeking through my window and it’s time to throw on a scarf and go for a walk.
Along with the rainy weather, the trees have started to change. Quite early, isn’t it? I’m missing my camera at this moment – hard to believe that I work for a photography organization and am currently cameraless. On my trip to Portland in December, purchasing a camera with be task #1. For now, I’ll dip a bit more into Flickr for visual inspiration.
First image from here. Second image from here. Third image from here.
While walking in Amsterdam Oude West today, I came across colorful leaves and a curious cat.
Und natürlich studieren wir über Oktoberfest. Hier sind einige schöne Wiesenplakat.
Riding around this morning, I spotted an ‘Amsterdam houdt van fietsan’ (Amsterdam loves bikes) poster. Not that Amsterdammers need a campaign to convince them. As autumn begins, I hope this is the year I fulfill my dream: to catch a falling leaf while riding my bike. I’ll stay busy with that until the film Riding Bikes with the Dutch by Michael Wolfgang Bauch comes out.
It’s easy to think that college classes are mainly about preparing you for a job. But remember: this may be the one time in your life when you have a chance to think about the whole of your life, not just your job. Courses in the humanities, in particular, often seem impractical, but they are vital, because they stretch your imagination and challenge your mind to become more responsive, more critical, bigger. You need resources to prevent your mind from becoming narrower and more routinized in later life. This is your chance to get them.
— A little advice for the upcoming school year that makes me a bit nostalgic for the energy of a classroom and the chance to buy new books.
At the beginning of summer, I wrote a post about the books I had read since the start of the year and thought I would mark the closing of summer with the same review. It was a full few months of reading, inspired by my trip to Powell’s in June, where I gathered most of the above titles. I’m looking ahead to the fall, where I hope to read The Other Hand by Cleave Chris, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Girl who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson, and The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work by Alain de Botton. Any other suggestions?