It's Toos-day (as the Americans call it) and Oi feel like writing something. I hope you're reading it whoever you are :)
Yesterday I had a wonderful time seeing an old mate Chris who hails from Ireland and has lived in A'dam for 35 years or so. Never a dull moment with this guy who has taken "taking the piss" to new heights...in this realm he is a Zen master. Just when I start questioning my existence in Amsterdam I have some extraordinary experience or encounter...this has been utterly consistent since my arrival in this beautiful town just under two years ago.
First I had a swim at the Marnix pool which was wonderfully not busy, then the social...first at the Monumentje bar on Westerstraat, then to de Tuin on Tuinstraat where we met some lovely young ladies from Berlin and finally P96 on Prinsengracht. It's been a long time since I had that kind of experience as I have become generally more tempered in my going out activities. I felt surprisingly fresh today....i.e. despite some (fairly) good beer consumption....the energetic afterprint of good vibes. What's best of all in A'dam is being able to bike home after a session such as this, not only is it (obviously) way preferable to driving a car it also serves to freshen one up. It's exactly this kind of thing which makes me want to stay here, ideally be based here and have the ability to travel sometimes. I feel like this is my town. It has its down side of course too to be sure but all I know is when the plane lands here....I feel emotional. In a way I cannot explain it at all.
I have tried the animal friendly trap to get the mouse that has been staying with me (through airbnb actually). Have tried some cheese, peanut butter and now couscous. Alas it doesn't seem interested. I loathe killing animals unless there is no other option. I may just have to do that if all else fails. At least there's only one now, before there were three young ones as well but they disappeared. Perhaps the lady beneath me's cat got them.
Today I have made some good progress on my film and will continue with that after writing this.
I wish everyone joy and peace and good health.