I walk as though I know where I am going, even though I have never been there before.
I write as though I know what I am talking about, but that could all change tomorrow.
I speak as though people should listen to what I have to say, even though my silence is often louder than words.
I believe that each life is a story. We speak words with our actions. We write stories with our lives.
I live as though today might be my last day. And if my life did end today, I would want my story to be told.
Stranger on a bus: “So are you a lawyer?”
Stranger on a bus: “You must be a Doctor then?”
<long awkward silence>
Stranger on a bus: “I just got out of prison.”
Me: “I think this must be my stop. Have a great day.”
“That’s what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown…”
That. right there. Linus nailed it!
Had to share this one, courtesy of Jen Z.
HINT: She is amazing! She’s a pretty good photographer as well.
…and all I could see was “blind”. But then again, I’m not in love.
Colossians is by far one of my favorite books in the Bible. And while love should be blind, it’s binding power is even more powerful.
More observations on the fly of my first impressions of Europe, specifically Amsterdam:
- It’s very flat.
- More narrow roads and more fast drivers, but now we have added bikes and double decker buses and more bikes and trams. Chaos abounds.
- Lots of bikes.
- Actually there are way too many bikes, quite possibly more bikes than cars, maybe even more bikes than people.
- 5. Futbol plays on every tv, all the time.
- 6. A hostel is not a hotel; though really it is no different than staying in a White Mountain hut or an Adirondack loj.
- I am convinced that if the buildings were not so close together, 95% of them would simply just topple over. Honestly the buildings are leaning in unhealthy ways.
- Regardless of your threshold for adventure, when traveling in a foreign land never venture into a place called “The Surprise Café,”
- Even though I do not speak the local language, whenever I travel, even within the U.S. I find myself attempting to speak with a ridiculous native accent and attempting to say words that I really have no business speaking.
- Have you even been to a Grateful Dead or Fish, et. al concert…you know that sweet aroma that just hovers in the air? Here, everywhere.
- Typical walk down a street in Amsterdam; restaurant, nice restaurant, gift shop, red light, ancient cathedral, red light, red light, nice hotel, dry cleaners, red light, pub….
- I now have a greater appreciation for the Police song “Roxanne.”
- It has rained every day since I have been in Europe. Therefore I have concluded that the sun never shines and it is always raining in Europe.
- Sorry, but I’ve yet to find a decent cup of coffee in Europe. I’ll keep looking.
- I love traveling, but I do miss my home. We have it pretty good in the US of A.