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Tip Toe Through the Tulips

May 10, 2013 10 Comments »

  The home of tulips – the Netherlands When I lived in NYC and San Francisco I used to treat myself to a bouquet of flowers weekly to spruce up my apartment and my attitude.  Seriously – how can you be stressed or angry with a colorful bouquet of flowers in your home?  I made a decision […]

Couchsurfing Regrets

October 12, 2010 63 Comments »

I live my life very deliberately – and I have very few regrets. In fact, my regrets are the usual…I wish I would have kept up my violin skills, I wish I would have learned how to ski at a young age, and I really regret I didn’t learn a language in college. But now […]

Red Light District Amsterdam

August 24, 2010 23 Comments »

I really didn’t know what to expect from the infamous Red Light District in Amsterdam; but I was certainly intrigued and excited to check it out.  I like the sleeze, the grime, the passionate, and I really like things that challenge my way of thinking – so I had high hopes.  Yet those hopes were […]

Netherlands Bike Culture

August 19, 2010 19 Comments »

As soon as I stepped out of Amsterdam Centraal station from the airport, I saw what makes Amsterdam different from other cities I’ve visited…no, not the canals (Venice has canals!); it was the bikes. Seeing everyone flitting around on two wheels immediately struck me as a unique piece of culture. I’m not sure why, but […]

The Flower Clock

August 17, 2010 8 Comments »

Tick Tock, Tick Tock… The alarm went off at 5:15AM and I wondered why I was doing this to myself. It’s just flowers, I could sleep a little while longer – right? Yet my desire to see flowers ended up winning out over my desire to sleep; after all, this was the only time I’d […]