Although my trip to the Netherlands was short (only ten days) one of the best parts of it was that we were able to see so many parts of the country. We spent a night at a B&B in Utrecht, which ended up being one of my favorite little towns. There is so much to do in this little canal town, including a bell tower climb, a beautiful garden, canal tours, and just strolling through the quaint streets. After Utrecht we went back to Amsterdam for a night and then we were off to Groningen, a city in the northern part of the country where my friend goes to school. The canals and buildings in Groningen were stunning and we also took a day trip to Schiermonnikoog, one of the Waddenzee Islands. Seeing the beach and tons of animals (I made friends with a sheep) was so refreshing from being in cities for most of the trip.
Farmers markets in New York can often be very overwhelming (I’m looking at you, Union Square Greenmarket), but I’ve found that if you get up and go early they aren’t so bad. I love these pictures because they remind me of summer, and as the days are getting shorter and colder, I enjoy looking at them. Unfortunately, I can no longer enjoy cherries as ever since I got home from Italy a couple years ago, eating them gives me an itchy throat. Weird. Is that normal?
Although these pictures are from the summer (and the ones for the next few posts will be), it’s finally starting to feel like fall in New York. This summer was strange, to say the least. I feel like I am finally in the swing of my new job and I love it, but this summer felt more depressing than previous years. Most of it had to do with a myriad of apartment issues and the stress that went along with all of that, but for some reason I felt like I was mentally stuck in a rut. I left the city on most weekends and when I was here I could never bring myself to want to do anything interesting. It’s weird here in the summer. The past few weeks have been much better and I have made a concerted effort to be more active and to re-find all of the reasons why I love this city so much.
My favorite thing about summer Fridays is that it opens up almost an entire day to hang around doing activities I normally wouldn’t have time to do. A couple weeks ago I went to Brooklyn Heights with my friend to explore on a Friday afternoon. Although I live in Brooklyn now, I feel as though it’s still mostly unfamiliar territory to me. Before the winter hits again (I am already dreading it) I’m making an effort to spend time in places I haven’t before. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that New York neighborhoods each feel so different. I loved the quaintness, peacefulness and easy going vibe in Brooklyn Heights and hopefully I can make time to go back soon.