Friday Gratitude: In Amsterdam

Hi! I am in Amsterdam! Yay! I am here for the long weekend (tomorrow is Kosovo’s 10th anniversary of independence, hence, no school on Monday) to visit a friend. Expect an Amsterdam-related blog post or two in the coming weeks.

During this time last year, I was going through a long depression. I told myself that this winter, I would take a trip over independence day weekend in order to break up my service time more effectively. 🙂

Also, I was especially excited to learn that Amsterdam has Dunkin’ Donuts. DD’s Valentine’s Day donuts are my FAVORITE, and I didn’t get one last year because, you know, I live in Kosovo. I don’t do drugs, but I am all for a nice sugar high. 😉

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Media consumption this week …

  • In continuing on a Daniel Day-Lewis kick, I watched The Last of the Mohicans. I hadn’t ever seen it. I was surprised by how much I liked it.
  • I finished reading Albania’s Mountain Queen. I have so much to say I’m going to write a future blog post about it.

I hope you all enjoyed Wednesday’s “Love Letter” for Valentine’s Day. Writing the letter and filming the video put me in such a good mood. You all have done so much for me and it was a joy to reflect on the people I know and love and can count on for support.

I read a lovely speech about love on author Neil Gaiman’s blog. Here are a few of my favorite parts:

“… there are beasts in the night, and delight and pain,
and the only thing that makes it okay, sometimes,
is to reach out a hand in the darkness and find another hand to squeeze,

and not to be alone.”

Somebody knows your worst self and somehow doesn’t want to rescue you or send for the army to rescue them.”

“… it’s a road you can only learn by walking it,
a dance you cannot be taught,
a song that did not exist before you began, together, to sing.”

— Neil Gaiman

Love and thanks to all of you! Have a happy weekend! Talk to you on Monday.

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