Well everyone, I have returned to Kamloops, British Columbia and I have begun my last year of university to complete my double degree in Tourism Management at Thompson Rivers University. This will be my last video blog for a while, as the most excitement I will have over the next few months will be drinking coffee, hiking in the Thompson Okanagan, late night study sessions, and catching up with friends and family. The past month was filled with a mix of emotions, exciting adventures, and fantastic memories. It began by celebrating a dear friend’s birthday in a small village of the Netherlands, and ended by hiking through Cape Scott Provincial Park, along with an exploration of Vancouver Island all the way from the bottom to the top. All I can say, is thank you dear world, for the beautiful memories. It’s already time for a new adventure!
“I urge you to travel. As far and as much as possible. Work ridiculous shifts to save your money. Go without the latest IPhone. Throw yourself out of your comfort zone. Find out how other people live and realize that the world is much bigger than the town that you live in. And when you come home, home may still be the same. Yes, you may have to go back to your same old job. But something in your mind will have changed. And that my dear, changes everything.”
“All we are are living stories waiting to be read and understood.”
“Money is all right. But once you have it, you realize that it is not the be all and end all.”
– Alan Sugar
I was inspired to make a short film about my life here in the Netherlands. You can see a bit about what my every day looks like, from my friends, to transportation, to festivals, studying, arts and culture, and other activities. Most of the footage used is from the city where I live (Breda), Amsterdam, Den Hague, Utrecht, and Den Bosch. Genieten!
“When this adventure ends, your next one will begin.”
When thunder clouds start pouring down
Light a fire they can’t put out.
Carve your name into those shining stars.
He said, “Go venture far beyond these shores.
Don’t forsake this life of yours.
I’ll guide you home no matter where you are.”
One day my father – he told me,
“Son, don’t let it slip away.”
When I was just a kid I heard him say,
“When you get older
Your wild heart will live for younger days
Think of me if ever you’re afraid.”
– The Nights By Avicii
Hey everyone! I have been really busy completing lots of research in Amsterdam for my thesis this past week. I have met lots of talented street artists from around the world! Just a few days ago, I had the chance to watch The London Police at work on a mural in The Student Hotel Amsterdam City’s bike locker. While I intently watched them hard at work, I was able to interview them and have a great conversation. This was such an incredible experience that just left me high on life! As a self dubbed street art geek, I was so happy to be in the presence of such well known artists and to watch them create so freely. Words just can’t express how amazing an experience like this was for me. Basically, my past week has been full of meeting lots of great people and wandering throughout the streets and canals of Amsterdam searching for tags, stickers, throw ups, murals, and street art of all kinds. As you can imagine, I’m just loving life here in the Netherlands. Throughout the next few weeks of March, I will be travelling to London, spending time with friends, working on my thesis and attending the first ever Dutch Street Art Awards. AMAZING!
“He who is outside his door has the hardest part of his journey behind him.”
– Dutch Proverb
Though I have been working on my thesis for the past few weeks, I have mostly been reading a lot of academic articles and books to expand my knowledge on the subject of street art. Today I ventured to Amsterdam to interview an employee of a street art gallery and document several pieces in the city centrum. It felt great to accomplish something outside of a library setting and to meet artists in the industry. I was thrilled with this progress.
I also made some stops at a few places I have been wanting to visit, including Rembrandt’s house. He lived and worked in this home for over twenty years, and taught thousands of pupils in this space. It was fascinating to see this in real life. If you don’t know me that well, I love Rembrandt so much that I named my cat after him. True story.
I stopped into Oosterkerk and Westerkerk which are two beautiful churches dating back a few hundred years. And funnily enough, I learned about the history of tulips in Holland at the Amsterdam Tulip Museum. (It smelled so amazing inside – if you can only imagine!)
All in all, I had a fabulous day exploring one of my favourite cities.
My friends and I went to see Hozier in concert at the Henieken Music Hall last Monday. It was a fabulous concert. Rhodes, an UK singer/songwriter opened for Hozier and he was quite good as well. Hozier performed all of my favourite songs, including From Eden, In A Week, and Work Song.
It is official! I have arrived on Netherlands soil, safe and sound. The flight over was incredible, as I could see Hudson’s Bay with ice flows, Baffin Island, and so much of the wilderness of Quebec. I also could see huge icebergs (which were pretty tiny from my view of 40,000 feet), and the not very green Greenland. Just outside of Amsterdam, the sun was coming up over the North Sea. All I could see was enormous, modern, white windmills on the ocean. I wish I could have taken a photograph – it was insanely beautiful. After grabbing my luggage and navigating my way to the hostel on Google Maps, I had to learn how to use the train system. Overall, it was not too bad for being in mostly Dutch. I missed a few trains going in my direction at first; but they come often.
The hostel I’m staying at is for all girls. I’m trying to break myself in to sleeping in a room full of strangers. It is actually quite nice, with lots of art on the walls. It is the only “all female” hostel in Dam. I made a lot of headway today, as I came across the Sex Museum. It was very affordable. I also came across the National Monument, a cheese shop (thought of you Jacquie!) and many other neat little stores and cafes. I am adjusting to the traffic flow, as I almost was hit by a cyclist while crossing the street. That was my own fault for feeling so jet lagged at the time. Luckily, I came across Sail Amsterdam, the Tall Ship celebration. Many beautiful tall ships were docked along the harbor. I followed the heavy flow of foot traffic and saw a large parade of boats, ships, and even a military ship. I didn’t manage to snap any photos of the tall ships, though you must believe me when I say they are incredible. That was about it for me today. I went to sleep early to adjust to the time change. I am very excited for the new adventures ahead. Thanks for reading!