Saturday, January 31, 2009
Thursday, January 29, 2009
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I have been riding my bike around town and taking a couple pictures here and there. I'm trying not to appear too much like a tourist, but everything around here is so picturesque. Like this canal. Ugh. Every canal.
Ma is coming to visit in about a month. I'm excited. We're heading to Paris for a bit and Zurich for a while. Zurich is about the same distance from Paris as Amsterdam is, so we might just go from Paris to Zurich. I would almost rather fly, but maybe we'll fly back from Zurich.
I want to go to Italy too, but that's too many trips in one visit. I still need to see the rest of the Netherlands too. Oi.
Thank god for streaming Seinfeld!
Monday, January 26, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Well. It's midnight here in cold/rainy/blustery Amsterdam and I have been working on my computer for Niko for hoursss and my eyes are about to peel off if I make another clipping mask and/or inDesign document. So instead I'm going to share with you some fun things I found:
Really beautiful. Forgot who it's by.
True. And also forgot who it's by.
Straight up my dream bathtub.
Justin aka Bon Iver aka Let'sgetmarried.
Covering Bush St in good ol' SF with an Obama sticker. That's pretty alright, I think.
www.25thestate.com <--- Watch that it's really precious.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Anneke + Niko!
I think I'm fully recovered from jet lag. It wasn't too bad. I slept about 15 hours the first night I was here, I was so tuckered out. I went to Alkmaar on Wednesday (Woensdag, I'm trying to learn dutch...) to visit Niko + Anneke. I forgot how amazing they are. Anneke took really great care of me, she made a really fantastic dinner for me. And coffee and tea all the time. She is taking me to an Oilily fashion show next Friday (Vrijdag) and Niko is taking me to a new materials expo in February in Rotterdam!
They finished turning watertower into their office for Noordweztsen, which is Niko's architecture firm (www.noordwestzes.nl, if you're interested). Last time I was in Alkmaar they has barely started on it, it's so spectacular now! I don't have any pictures but I will before too long.
Also, I will have pictures of their incredible huis. It just got marked as a historical land mark by the city + country. Same with the water tower.
I'm heading back up to Alkmaar today in about an hour to meet with Niko + his company to discuss plans for me working with them.
I still can't believe I'm here.
Monday, January 19, 2009
I made it! The flight over was a nightmare. Virgin Atlantic is precious, but they were delayed which made me miss my connecting flight from Heathrow to Schiphol airport. Which shouldn't have been a big deal to throw me on another flight, but since I was flying British Airways, and they don't honor delays on other airlines I had to pay 108 pounds (about 150USD) for another ticket. So stoopid.
Pictures tomorrow. I'm so tired.
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
Almost finished making arrangements for Amsterdam. It turns out I will be working with my favorite Dutchie, Niko, over in Alkmaar (which is about 20 miles north of Amsterdam). He is a big architect over there and is going to teach me all he knows, and hook me up with a great art-related job/internship. Which, goes without saying, will be super great experience for me. He sent me his company website and I found his portrait:
Also, I found out I can bring my bicycle on Virgin Atlantic for free! Amazingly awesome.