100 happy days – part 6

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Day 51 – A walk on a grey and windy saturday, brightened up by this cute little snail snuggling among the figs

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Day 52 – Finally the sun came out from behind the clouds

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Day 53 – This rainbow spotted from the balcony

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Day 54 – This whale reference in a sidestreet near work (since reading Moby Dick I’m spotting things about whales in the most unexpected places!)

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Day 55 – The view from my bedroom as I wake up (with a tiny bit of blue sky)

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Day 56 – All is peaceful on the Brouwersgracht on my way to work

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Day 57 – Love the light over the Ij around sunset

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Day 58 – A simple decoration on our table at American cafe

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Day 59 – Decided on a whim to go see this exhibition and loved  the photos and the audioguide of the photographer explaining the stories behind his pictures

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Day 60 – Enjoying a drink, picking angel cards and having a good laugh to relax after work

 

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100 happy days – part 5

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Day 41 – First time I saw (and tasted!) a melanzana rossa (red eggplant) from the Pollino – such a cute vegetable!

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Day 42 – I love the fountains (Nasone) all over Rome where you can drink fresh water for free when walking around in the heat becomes unbearable.

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Day 43 – Pizza al taglio and suppli… the perfect lunch!

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Day 44 – Magic hour in Rome, the atmosphere was beautiful walking through the city center on our last evening

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Day 45 – Ploughing through Moby-Dick, I would have probably quit if it wasnt for the book club. I never thought I would learn so many details about whales.

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Day 46 – My plants survived my absence, this one surprised me with these wonderful flowers

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Day 47 – This tiny merman sticker from my friend now decorating my journal

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Day 48 – Delicious dinner with my colleagues at Tolhuituin with lots of laughs (plus I love the vertical plant wall)

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Day 49 – Reading Flow in the sun by the fountain after a day of work… so relaxing!

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Day 50 – Arriving dry – despite the rainshowers -at Pacific Parc to meet up with friends and celebrate my birthday:-)

100 happy days – part 4

20140726_181113Day 31 – Exploring Villa Ada

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Day 32 – Clouds over a beautiful view of Rome seen from between the trees in Villa Sciarra

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Day 33 – Roaming the streets of Rome

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Day 34 – On our way to Calabria where the beach and sea awaits us for a holiday of total relax

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Day 35 – Vibo Marina in the evening

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Day 36 – Watching the waves is so meditative

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Day 37 – Huge fico d’india carrying lots of fruit (prickly pears!)

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Day 38 – Pebbles and waves

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Day 39 – The sea so transparent at Paradiso del sub

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Day 40 – One of the friendly geckoes who came out at night to eat the bugs and mosquitos (‘La zanzara tigre, la batteremmo!’)

 

100 happy days – part 3

20140716_193252Day 21 – Lots of wild flowers by the water

20140717_182647Day 22 – Having a smoothie and watching the world go by at Vegabond cafe after work

20140718_201457Day 23 – Sunshine and warm weather on Museumplein

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Day 24 – Trying bubble tea for the first time… this watermelon taste was a little too chemical for me, but at least very refreshing after a long ride in Amsterdam North

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Day 25 – Received the perfect gifts: some reading for the upcoming holidays by the seaside

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Day 26 – Studio Anna Mora, been taking Pilates classes there for nearly 5 years!

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Day 27 – Late afternoon sun on my way home and kids playing in the fountain on Olympiaplein

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Day 28 – Beautiful sun shining on the canals on my way home

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Day 29 – Super cute little violets growing on my balcony

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Day 30 – Finally on holidays! First morning in Italy:) This delicious breakfast, especially love the ‘brutti ma buoni’ (ugly but tasty!) exquisite round biscuits made from hazelnuts, perfect with my morning coffee.

100 happy days – part 2

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Day 11 – These inspiring words spotted in a handmade art shop in Groningen

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Day 12 – A colourful gift for my balcony

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Day 13 – Taking some time to journal

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Day 14 – The beautiful veggie garden in the Far West (still standing despite the building sites all around it)

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Day 15 – Finally some really warm weather and lots of joyful kids having a blast playing in the fountain

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Day 16 – Enjoying coffee on a terrasse on my friday off

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Day 17 – Going for a long walk in Kennermer Duinen and spotting the cutest caterpillars having lunch

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Day 18 – Reading on this peaceful pier in the sun

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Day 19 – Fresh mint growing on the balcony, smells sooooo good

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Day 20 – The rich smell of vegetable quiche emanating from the oven

100 happy days – part 1

 

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Day 1 – I love the shadow the sun makes on this wall

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Day 2- street art spotted whilst cycling in the Far West

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Day 3- Colourful laundry and stripy socks

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Day 4 – Homemade brioche (absolutely delicious!)

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Day 5 – a small patch of unmowed grass covered in colourful wild flowers

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Day 6 – the view from the meeting room at work

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Day 7 – waiting in front of Amsterdam central station in the sun

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Day 8 – tap water (for free!) offered in a gorgeous bottle in a very cute soup restaurant in Noord

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Day 9 – spring onions growing on the balcony (finally! they were very slow at first)

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Day 10 – welcoming my first Airbnb guests

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One of my colleagues told me about the 100happydays challenge, it’s a wonderful idea and a great way to focus on small things I feel grateful for!
Here are snapshots of my recent happy days. I’m doing my best to take a picture daily and upload regularly:-)

Flower power

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Yesterday we decided to go cycling with some friends to see some tulip fields. Armed with a map of cycle routes and our energy, we rode around on our bikes until we found what we were looking for: rows and rows of amazing flowers and spectacular colours which really stand out in the typical Dutch landscape.

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It was breathtakingly beautiful, and the smell of the hyacinths was sweet and overwhelming.  We fooled around like kids, taking pictures and exploring undisturbed in the peace of the fields under the sun… it was so much fun!

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Just as we were about to leave a giant swan jumped out of the canal and started chasing us off what he must think of as ‘his territory’, I’d never realised how huge those birds are close up and was really glad to be able to jump back on my bike and cycle off quickly!

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Flower power