Cotton Candy Clouds

Day 112:  Netherlands

We started our day by heading to the Van Gogh Museum.  I have never seen so many people in a museum at one time.  I have been to the Art Institute in Chicago and the MOMA in New York, but this was a completely different experience.  I have this habit where I enter a museum determined to read every single display and I get halfway through the museum and get tired of reading everything and just stop and appreciate the art, only reading the ones that really stand out to me.  Do any of you do the same thing?  Or am I the only one? 

I have always had an appreciation for Van Gogh.  I find his story very interesting.  His success was fueled by his passion.  For much of his relatively short career Van Gogh created a new work of art everyday.  He knew that the only way for him to get better was to continually practice.  That concept is so inspiring.  Continuing to hone your craft or your passion can open up new doors and possibilities for excellence.  What is one of your passions that you want to improve on?  Are you willing to work on it everyday?  You can’t be completely successful at something if you aren’t willing to work for it.

We decided to head toward the De Pijp neighborhood to check it out.  We ended up at a cute little park where we sat on a bench and people watched.  I spotted what I thought would be a perfect picture.  There was a bike leaning against a fountain with beautiful trees in the background.  The only problem was I couldn’t get the shot because of all the picnickers laying in the grass in front of the fountain.  However, I was determined because I could see what it was going to be.  So we waited about an hour for the last picnickers to leave so that I could take the picture.  Don’t be so quick to give up on things.  I realize this was just a picture, but the lesson can be applied to anything in your life that you are considering giving up on or walking away from.  Sometimes things take time.

After finally getting my picture, we headed to the The Fault in Our Stars bench.  I know, I know.  How cliche?  We are in Amsterdam and its such a great movie, why not go see the famous bench?  It may just be a bench, but its really what the bench represents.  I think we’ve established in previous entries that I love, love.  Which is exactly what this bench represents.  It represents old love, new love, lost love and even love that hasn’t been found yet.  It is actually quite beautiful.    

We took our obligatory pictures and headed to the square to grab some drinks.  We sat at a table outside and watched all of the activity happening around up.  We decided to try Bitterballen for the first time.  They were interesting to say the least.  Essentially, they are fried meat balls that have a soft gravy like center.  It sounds super gross and they weren’t my favorite, but they weren’t terrible.  I realize that isn’t a glowing recommendation for them, but you should definitely try them if you find yourself in Amsterdam.

As we sat watching the people and activity around us, I noticed two things.  First, it was well past 10pm, but it was still light outside and secondly, the clouds were pink.  Beautiful cotton candy clouds surrounded us, providing a vibrant canvas for the the life that was happening all around. 

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