Wearer of many hats

I was excited to finally set up a studio space in the corner of the apartment. I snapped a few quick pictures of me and some objects I use on the daily, and this was the strange, but kind of cool, result. I was inspired by the American Ultra posters, and did not intend for this to be representative of anything religious. I didn’t really plot it out, but now I’ve decided that there are 6 symbolic references in this photo. Colored pencils (art), harmonica (music), journal (writing, expression), camera (work), pipe (leisure), Pippin (love, family) and the Temperence Tarot card (balance and will-power). I also added a moon because, well I’m just more of a moon person.

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Snapshots from Holland (Edam & Amsterdam)

When we first arrived in Amsterdam, we jumped on a coach and headed for Edam, and adorable little town dotted with cheese shops and bakeries. The views were stunning, flat landscapes, blue skies and green meadows galore. The air even tasted fresher here : ) As a group, we all took a bike ride around the town, stopped to photograph a windmill and then headed back towards Amsterdam. On our way back, we stopped at clog-making shop and watched a demonstration. I had no idea a clog could be made in less than 10 minutes, but it can! Then we tasted some cheese (accompanied by some sips of wine) before heading back to the city.

In the city, we visited the “I amsterdam” sign, which was literally crawling with tourists. I ate the best waffle of my entire life just beyond the sign, it’s on my top-five European foods list. Me and a fellow Canadian traveler, Stella, went for a stroll through the streets of the Red Light District and then settled in to a cafe for some beers and “treats” for the evening. Amsterdam is a beautiful city and I’ll definitely be back!