I feel like I’ve become proper Dutch lately, because all I can talk about is the weather. But seriously! It’s summer over here! I decided to start the day with a walk around the lake where I live. When I first got this apartment, I was a little bit negative about the distance to the city. I mean, I still live in Amsterdam, but I’m quite a bit outside the city center. I kind of changed my mind today, because I realized how beautiful it is over here. It’s about a six kilometer walk around the lake, and it’s like being transported out of the city. Everything is so calm and serene. I’m really gonna try to make this a habit on sunny days. Now I’m enjoying lunch on the balcony in the sun and trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my day. Unfortunately spring for me means a lot of allergies, and it makes me so freaking tired. Doesn’t matter how much I sleep, I could always sleep some more. But I’m gonna try to fight the sleepiness and go make something out of this day. Hope you’re all having a lovely day as well!
Yesterday I had my last exam of this block. Unfortunately it didn't go well at all, but it was expected. I've learnt my lesson and I'm super motivated to get back in to good study routines again once the next block starts. For now, I'm going to enjoy almost two weeks off! Ahh, did you just read that? Two weeks! I have so much fun stuff planned. This weekend my friend, whom I met during my internship in Rome, is coming to visit. And then next week it's kingsday, and better yet: my brother is coming to Amsterdam. I am going to enjoy these couple of weeks to the fullest. This evening it included sitting on the balcony, enjoying a pizza while the evening sun painted the sky orange, pink, purple. It really feels like summer hit from out of nowhere. I mean, I was only wearing a t-shirt at seven in the evening and I didn't feel cold, at all?! And tomorrow is supposed to be even nicer. I'm planning on setting no alarm and sleeping in, then start the day off with a walk around the lake in the sunshine. Doesn't sound half bad, does it?
Wow guys! This weather! 15 degrees and clear blue skies. I'm completely stunned. I woke up today feeling pretty deflated, zero motivation. But I got myself out of bed and decided to go pick up my bike in the city. And let me tell you, it was a good decision. Amsterdam comes alive in spring. The squares fill up, people enjoying drinks and soaking up the sun, boats start making their way back on the canals and tulips bloom everywhere in the city. It reminded me of why I love this city so much, and why I'm here. And I got back home with new energy in my body, and in my mind. Feeling so much more motivated than I did this morning. So now I've prepared myself a huge cup of coffee in my new Amsterdam mug, and I'm gonna tackle all this schoolwork. And I might have to spend the next few days locked up in my room, studying for hours and hours and hours. But around me, Amsterdam is alive and spring is here and if I just get through these exams, I can go out there and be alive with this city that I love so much as well. Also, the fact that I did some pre-birthday shopping for myself might have been part of lifting my mood as well. A little good old shopping therapy never hits wrong. Enjoy your weekend friends, make the most of it!