Thursday, June 25, 2015

Amsterdam

I fly home from Amsterdam tomorrow, Friday the 26th! I can't wait, but this last week in Amsterdam has been nice. First I went to a festival to see one of my favorite musicians, The Tallest Man on Earth, and it was a blast. 



I walked around all day every day, ate amazing food, went to bookstores, made a bunch of new friends and met with some old friends, went to some parks, and enjoyed the sun when it was out. 






Saw some live music: 



Went to the Rijks museum and saw Rembrandt's masterpiece, The Night Watch: 





I took a ferry and went to the north of Amsterdam, which is largely industrial but there are really nice pockets like Cafe de Ceuvel, a self sustained community for artists and workshops, with a bar and restaurant. It was made up of house boats and was right on the water, it was amazing: 


It had a floating garden: 





Saturday, June 13, 2015

WWOOF farm, Kranenburg, Germany

I'm doing volunteer farm work on a little property in west Germany, right next to the Holland border. I'm staying with a really great Dutch couple and their two dogs and cat. They speak English well enough to communicate! They have a big yard with veggies, fruits, and edible herbs growing so I get to do a lot of gardening and odd jobs like painting or cleaning. The neighborhood is really pretty with most families having big horse properties and cute brick houses. Here is the back of the house, and Pau the dog: 



We always eat outside: 


There's a big tipi where Caroline hosts yoga and coaching classes: 


A (currently dismantled) hammock: 


And the wagon where I sleep, which I love: 





We went on a walk through a nearby wooded area which was beautiful: 


And from what seemed like out of nowhere to me we went to a tea garden in the middle of the woods. It was more like a tea house paradise, with sunny spots, meadows, flowers, lounges, cushions, and gardens everywhere:





You have to walk or bike ride to get there: 


Another day we went on a walk in a different wooded area and I was shown this old tree where you can crouch underneath its roots: 


Here is Caroline: 



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Berlin

I think Berlin, Germany was my favorite city! There was a lot going on and a lot to see. One of the first things I saw was a huge community garden and food court in the middle of a busy part of town:


I saw the remains of the Berlin Wall: 


Berlin is known for its street art everywhere and it was indeed everywhere: 



I saw the Holocaust memorial: 

And the Brandenburg gate:

And the National Museum:


And Checkpoint Charlie, the division between different war allies sections after the war:

And many really pretty parts of town: 





There were tons of back alleys with hidden cafes:


And an enormous flea market on Sunday with tons of food and music: