Different view Thursday, Sep 11 2008 

Under the sky. No thoughts in my mind, no desire for nothing else but to live the instant, no such things as eagerness, but only vivid dreams.

Laying on a comfy chaise longue on the deck atop Amesterdam’s NEMO Science Museum, bathing my right hand on the flowing water that was sliding next to me, having in front of my eyes the stunning view over a large part of the city, enjoying the best weather ever and just sitting there numbness and dumbness… all this made me feel more real than I ever felt before.

“It seems to me, Antiphon, that you identify happiness with luxury and extravagance; but I have always thought that to need nothing is divine, and to need as little as possible is the nearest approach to the divine; and that what is divine is best, and what is nearest to the divine is the next best.” (Memorabilia, I 6)

Luxury is a question of location.


We’re lost, therefore we shall go on Thursday, Sep 11 2008 

In order to prevent seeing ourselves wandering the streets lost we took maps and even a GPS. Everything was planned and assessed.

Everything will be just fine and we will manage to visit every place we have planned…

In fact, everything went just fine, we weren’t able to visit everything we wished and most of the time we got lost. The fun part of that was that it was almost impossible to get angry or frustrated and I came to realize that the best part of getting lost was the possibility of changing the plans and living the moment, not the planned moment.

But we weren’t the only ones getting lost in Amsterdam. Most of the tourists are. It’s hard to spot them on your first days there, since your primary concern is to locate yourself on the map.

It was on the last days there that we passed by a couple of French girls staring at a map, having the ” where the fuck are we” look on their faces. One of them concluded ” On est perdu. Allons-y!”.

The first wandering days are the best.