順道一提，最近看完了The Fault in Our Stars的小說與電影！實在太太太喜歡這個故事了（最近發現我有嚴重少女心哈哈哈），雖然已經是兩年多前的電影了，但片中阿姆斯特丹的美景，垂釣出我深埋的歐洲記憶，也讓我有了提筆記錄這個城市的動力。
Thank you all for stopping by my blog. I really appreciate that. I’ve just finished the novel, The Fault in Our Stars, and its movie recently, which enabled me to reckon the good old memories in Amsterdam. I’ve visited this beautiful city twice, in 2013 and 2014 successively. However, never did I get a chance to explore it deeper. Not only because I wanted to be special at that time, not wanting to visit the same city everyone goes to the Netherlands would absolutely visit, but because I would like to explore more about real life in Holland, so I tended to visit smaller cities. It was kinda rebellious and even childish for the decision I had made. It was also with a little regret for not seeing the beautiful city more. Anyways, I’ll have another chance to visit Amsterdam in the future, right?
There are so many stories to tell actually. But, since the impression of Amsterdam did not imprint in my memory, which is a bit vague now, and as the title goes, it’s more like a glimpse, I inclined to let the photos tell.
I would like to quote a line describing Amsterdam from The Fault in Our Stars,”Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the center.”(156)
The canals, bicycles, flowers, and most important of all, the sunshine, constitutes its beauty.
The itinerary of my 2013 Amsterdam was included in my art history class in summer school of the museum-going excursions. We went to the Maritime Museum, the Rembrandt House, and of course, the distinguish Rijksmuseum.
In the Rembrandt House, the oil painting making workshop was my favorite. It was so magical to see how these color powders turned into oil paints! It resembled the process of writing, I think, of how the elements/ words be organized, and how they become ravishing color paints and profound articles.
Some people might say that freedom is the pronoun of sin, meaning that Amsterdam a city of sin, but I don’t think so. Freedom is the source of creativity, which makes the city so vibrant.
Rijksmuseum is right at the back of the popular tourist spot– I amsterdam. (I do like the concept of I amsterdam, which is just the same logic as I Am Sherlocked hahaha)
I adored my art history teacher, Nausikaa, who is a Dutch but attained her Ph.D degree at University of Cambridge. That’s why she gets so strong and elegant british accent.
After the excursion, we took the bus to go back to Utrecht. See the herds and the windmill?
My trip to Amsterdam in 2014 did not contain anything special, not even some tourist spots. We just wandered in the city. It was such a pity not to experience more about it.
See, as I told you, my impression toward Amsterdam is quite vague. The memories I hold nowadays are mostly compiled by museums. My sensation of its streets and city atmosphere are also usually covered by other Holland cities. Frankly speaking, we did not go to any famous spots in Amsterdam. Our trip to Amsterdam in 2014 was going to an epilogue of our whole journey. Everyone was extremely tired. As a result, we decided to linger in the city rather than rush to places. It, in some ways, resonated with the city vibration.
I really love the last photo. It renders me a soft and tranquil feeling among its simplicity, just like the Netherlands. There stand the trees, shadows, the azure sky with white clouds dotted, the sunshine, the meadow, and a wall. The sentence on the wall perhaps could be understood like this, ” If one surrender to hegemony, one will lose more than his life and property. He dims the light….” How Amsterdam the line is! This city seems to avoid any kind of authority, and any annoying and trivial regulations. The air of freedom (and of course of pots!) floats in every corner of the city. Everything, literally everything, seems to be fairly acceptable here. But, the feeling of freedom in Amsterdam is totally not that of the American’s; instead, it’s of the European, it’s of the Dutch, and its so Amsterdam. Living one’s life to the fullest is the main idea of the city; however, the word “fullest” does not indicate achieving any kinds of secular success, but a kind of sheer happiness. In the city, Amsterdam, I feel I am like a plant, growing up toward where the sun is. In the city, Amsterdam, I feel like a person. Here, I can be myself.