Never Say Nederlands

05/31/2010

A postcard I picked up at a market in Amsterdam

I’ve been time traveling and recuperating since mid May. I was in the Netherlands and Germany, getting around to Gouda, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Utrecht, and Cologne. I was traveling various means of transport along the way; aboard a mini bus with eight other travelers, camping, and taking the cross-country trains. I have a few stories from this trip that will eventually make it here.

The Netherlands is known as the Pays-Bas in French, the Low Country. You can see across the country side for miles and miles. It’s a beautiful mix of canals and trees. Layers of blue and green that are thin stripes painted across your view. I loved just looking out the window of the bus across the vast region. It also helped me forget about the winding curvy roads that are only wide enough for one car at a time. I dare say these roads were worse than the roads I experienced in Corsica. The most inspiring moments would be at night when I could see lights piled on top of each other. I imagine Van Gogh didn’t have quite as many lights, but it made me feel as though I could really finally understand “Starry Night”. No, I don’t care that this is one of the most well-known paintings of all time, it is still a favorite of mine, and I still find it amazingly moving to this day. I’ve always been a night owl.

I attempted two different recreations of what I saw. These are just the beginning of many more to come. I’m satisfied with the recreations as they currently stand. Soon, I’ll add in the reflection of the stars in the canals as well as more color variations.

piles of lights, as far as you can see

lights, with a tree lined avenue framing

More to come.

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