A perfect weekend. A visit to the embassy, four books sold and one purchased, tea and appeltaart with a friend in the sun, an outdoor film with Marcus, a lucky escape from the police checking for bike lights, frolicking goats on Saturday morning, coffee and lunch on the Amstel with a great lady, navigating through the crowded canals with ease, watching the evening rain from the comfort of my home, a slow Sunday morning, an afternoon workout, and ending with a beer on a gusty terrace with my favorite Dutchman. Summer, you are too kind.
Between two weekends in Berlin, an escape to the lakes in the south. Sailing, waking to the sunrise, hanging my feet off the front of our houseboat and into the green waters. All quietness.
A few snapshots from the past weeks, days filled with breakfast on the balcony, walks in the park, a basket of local produce in week three of de Krat, and graffiti spotted on one of my many walks through the neighborhood. It’s summer, are you enjoying it?
In two days time comes the summer solstice. Amsterdam is chilled and rainy, making up for the spring drought with a summer flood. The weather may not be ideal, but we still have that lingering twilight that makes the evenings long. Before 23:00 (11:00pm) the sky takes on this look, dusky blue against the flared lights.
Photo of Esonstad, Friesland by Martinique (via).
Summertime is here and it’s lovely. The sun has been spending a lot of time in Amsterdam, the winds are warm, and the markets are stocked full with ripe fruit. In July, I am heading for a week in East Germany to go lake swimming in the forest and restaurant hopping in Berlin. The beginning of September will be the trip of the year to Turkey. For the most part, I plan to spend the days enjoying Amsterdam and eating all the fresh fruit I can. What are your plans for the summer?
photo by Alex Paradis (via spaceships)
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.
It was a great summer and I didn’t post nearly as many photos as I had hoped. Here is a short collection of the best moments. The photo above was taken in Münster, a colorful row of boats floating in the Aasee. Marcus and I went there at the beginning of June to see The Knife’s opera.
The ceiling of the opera house glowed with small lanterns.
Lounging at NDSM, a wharf area in North Amsterdam known as a place for underground culture and accessible via a lovely little ferry ride.
A translucent onion cut in preparation for a BBQ in the park.
A drink to go along with the BBQ.
A cold, but beautiful day at the beach. Summers in Amsterdam are reliably fickle.
Waiting for the film to start at the open air film festival Pluk de Nacht.