Amsterdam – The City of Bicycles

It wasn’t long after I realized its a Big World out there & felt the urge to explore more, my husband and I had a chance to go on a spontaneous trip to Amsterdam – the city of bicycles. By spontaneous, I mean we booked the tickets in the afternoon and flew the same evening. With least expectations and not a set in stone itinerary, unpremeditated trips turn out to be the best.

For Amsterdam, the city with 780,000 people & over 881,000 bicycles, extensive canals, amazing museums, even more amazing public transport, and not-so-amazing-drug-dealers, I chose to do a black & white series of photos for this trip. Hope you enjoy them.

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Science Center Nemo

Science Center Nemo

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Street Musicians

Street Musicians

Palace on Dam Square

Palace on Dam Square

Apartments & Restaurants by the Canals

Apartments & Restaurants by the Canals

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Palace

Palace

Streets of Amsterdam

Streets of Amsterdam

Extensive Canals

Canals

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Keep Exploring!

~ Rima

Explore

I read somewhere that….

“Sure, it is safer and cheaper to stay home…….probably. But God made the whole world and you’ve only seen a little bit of it. I’ll bet there are even places in your own local area that you’ve wondered about or have meant to see but haven’t quite gotten to yet. You are not a cog in a wheel – you have a soul, and dreams, and curiosity.”

This photo was taken at a hotel in Florence. The door was hugeeeeee, heavy, and old.

My soul encouraged me to open closed doors and explore the world. My dreams seemed bigger than my wallet so I took a chance. The never-ending curiosity forced me to look past the obstacles, plan the trip, pack my bags, leave the worries behind, and Explore….

11 days, 3 countries, 5 destinations, 5 flights, 2 long train rides, countless bus and metro transfers. As tiring as it sounds, it was worth every penny and every moment. 

Sitting in the room I spent most of my life in and writing this entry, I wonder if the Europe trip was real or just a dream. Visiting and photographing the places that I always saw in calendars and on Google was surreal….

I will write about the reality aka my ‘fast & furious’ life in USA next time….

Until then…..

– Ciao

Barcelona

Barcelona, u stole my heart….

Venice

Sneak peek of Venice. It is just like a big set of some movie.

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