Amsterdam in July…

Last July a few friends of mine decided to book a last minute trip to Amsterdam. I’d only been to Amsterdam once before for a few hours on a ferry trip, and to be honest I wanted to travel as much as possible last year…so I just thought why not!

There was 6 of us altogether, and it was the first time I’d been on holiday with a group of friends rather than just one friend. Normally I’m a bit hesitant about travelling in groups, just due to the fact that you have to accommodate to what everyone wants to do. But to be honest this wasn’t an issue for us at all seen as everyone wanted to do relatively similar things anyway, which made things a hell of a lot easier.

So we stayed for three nights in Amsterdam at the Camp Inn Hotel, which was a great hotel which also offered bike rental which was ideal to get around Amsterdam. It was room only, which was perfect as it allowed us to check out what food Amsterdam had to offer, and it really didn’t disappoint. Inside the city centre, Amsterdam basically accommodates all food lovers. Theres pastries, pizza, spaghetti, sandwiches, burgers…you get the idea. Not to mention the coffee there is amazing!

Obviously we didn’t just go for the food aspect of Amsterdam, so we had just three days to fit in as much of Amsterdam’s culture as humanly possible. We went to the museum of prostitution, the sex museum, we went on a tour at the Heineken Experience, Amsterdam’s Ice bar, the red light district, and of course we popped into a bulldog coffee shop. Oh I almost forgot we also took a leisurely bike ride through the streets and along the canal…which meant nearly getting run over by a tram (when in Amsterdam eyy).

Overall the trip was pretty amazing. We didn’t get to go to the Anne Frank house, but it’s definitely on my bucket list. Either way I’ll have to go back at some point, as Amsterdam has so much to offer. Hopefully there are more group trips are to come too! Oh and the weather was pretty good too!

My Zodiac Sign

I was born on the 16th of July, so my star sign is Cancer. One of the definitions for the cancer zodiac sign is…

Cancerians love home-life, family and domestic settings. They are traditionalists, and enjoy operating on a fundamental level. They love history, and are fascinated with the beginnings of things (heraldry, ancestry, etc.). The moon is their ruler, so they can be a bit of a contradiction and sometimes moody. However, they are conservative, so they’ll be apt to hide their moods from others altogether. They have a reputation for being fickle, but they’ll tell you that isn’t true, and it’s not. Cancerians make loyal, sympathetic friends. However Cancerians need alone time, and when they retreat, let them do so on their terms.

This was taken from the site: http://www.whats-your-sign.com/zodiac-signs-and-meanings.html.

I can actually see myself in this description quite a bit. I love being at home, and spending time with my family and offering support where I can…nowhere is like home. I am also interested in history to a degree, and would love to try to create a family tree at some point in my life…however I expect there will be some family secrets that will be uncovered deep down. On the lines of the whole hiding moods thing, I do this at times…sometimes without even realising. It’s just a coping mechanism overall. I’m not sure about the whole loyal and sympathetic part. I do try but whether I actually come across like this is a different thing, we can try to do something nice but than be portrayed in a different way. Then in regards to the final thing mentioned… I do like alone time, more so now then ever before…and sometimes if I don’t get it, it can start to feel a bit suffocating. Strange how a generalisation can be quite relevant at times I guess…

 

To die in a dream…

A few nights ago…I had a dream.

Now unlike majority of my dreams, this one had a historical background… It was set in Nazi Germany. Now, I love history but the bad thing about this, was that I was a Jew.

The dream began underground, in a similar setting to the London Underground except it was darker and unkept. I was surrounded by loads of other Jews, all of different ages showing a range of emotions. We began being led to what seemed to be two elevator shafts in which groups of Jews were being crammed into. Once we were in the lift we were then made to watch a propaganda movie to distract us, while the lift either moved upwards to a few more days of freedom or down to a dreaded gas chamber.

While waiting anxiously, the propaganda film came to an end and the lift doors began to open. Thankfully the lift had gone up to ‘freedom’, we all scuttled out like rats in a sewer, but the worst was not over. We followed the damp corridor down towards the exit, when from the distance I noticed that the next section, which was similar to airport security where the Nazi’s required a barcode which was imbedded into the skin of Jews.

I looked down at my arms, searching for a barcode. I couldn’t find one, I began to panic thinking that I would never escape back out into the real world without one. I  looked around to see if anyone could help me to get a barcode, failing that I began to run searching for an alternate exit…and that’s when I realised I was beginning to be chased by Nazi’s with guns trying to shoot me.

In that moment I then realised that I was in a dream…but I couldn’t wake myself up and bring myself out of it. I began to think to myself, what if i get shot right now? What if I die and can’t return back to reality. What if my body goes into some sort of coma due to my mind being killed in my imagination? Is that even possible?

All I know is that dreams are weird, and when they get weird my thought process gets weird… nevertheless I still enjoy dreaming…

I have a confession to make…

I love Titanic.

I’m not just talking about the 1997 film (although I do love that too…mainly due to Leonardo DiCaprio). I’m talking about everything titanic related. For instance if you walked into my room you’d think you had just walked into a museum. I have books, newspaper articles, documentaries, posters, document replicas, the list goes on. I don’t know what it is about the tragedy that makes me so interested, maybe it’s just due to finding out everything I can about how something like this happened and how much of an impact it really had. Not just on the family members but also on the people who were involved with the building and developing of the Titanic before it even entered the ocean for it’s maiden voyage.

I’ve always been fond of history but even that’s not the real reason I’m interested in this as much as I am. From a different view I am also curious about where they all ended up, but that’s the spiritual side of it all so I’ll leave that be for the moment.

“Each affects the other, and the other affects the next, and the world is full of stories, but the stories are all one.” – Mitch Albom, The Five People We Meet In Heaven.

Dream One

One of my biggest dreams at the minute is to go travelling. This could be due to wanting to escape from other things right now, but it’s mostly about seeing the world and realising that there’s more out there then the mundane lives we lead sometimes. Not only that but in my opinion getting away from reality and seeing the beauty of the world, often allows us to see the beauty of our own lives.

I’ve read many stories about how people realise who they are while travelling, or even who the want to become… that’s not to say it’s the reason I want to do it. I prefer to be on the road exploring, because in a way I am writing my life story everyday and I’d prefer to be moving while doing it. Even if I’m not necessarily moving forward I’ll be happy. Though some would see that as procrastinating instead.

I don’t really have a set route planned out of where I’m going or in what order. However this will probably change once I have money saved and it actually seems like a possibility. Of course I have places in mind that I want to visit and even some to revisit, as I didn’t exactly pay attention to the culture of them when I was younger… well not as much as I would now.

My main plans will be to look over areas that have history for example Germany, Ukraine and America. Then also go on to look at areas of pure beauty like Italy, Switzerland and Amsterdam. Finally going back to places I visited mainly when I was younger like Cyprus, Crete, Portugal and finally back to the last place I visited Iceland.

Hopefully I will have enough money someday to make this dream a reality, but until then I shall carry on exploring England as much as I can.

“It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be. But you grab a moment, or you let it pass.”” – Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper.