Red Light Birds

Bird fights over canal in Red Light District - Amsterdam
angry birds

Everything was white and bright today. I’m not sure whether the birds, they happen to be very visible citizens in Amsterdam too, appreciated the crisp weather. They were everywhere today, but most gathered in the Red Light District, fighting each other – probably because they were cold and grumpy.

2012 in pictures

Some colourful memories:

First days of 2012 - tpurists by k. novikova
First days of 2012
Winter activities by ks3nia
Winter activities
Bday wirh masks by ks3nia
Masked b-day
17th of may norwegian national day
17th May
a bug in the flowers
Stars
Cathedral of Christ the Saviour by ksenia novikova
Moscow memory
view, mountains, norway
Best view
jack russel, dog, games by the lake
Great games
concert, stage
Concert summer
bikes
New bikes
amsterdam bridge in he sunset by ks3nia (c)
Amazing Amterdam
halloween by ks3nia
Then there was…
making fireworks
Making fireworks

Have a lovely 2013!

*hugs and best wishes ;-*

Ready for a bright Christmas

First of all, a big thanks to all on WordPress for being super awesome!  Well, “all” on WP didn’t actually visit my blog the last two days, but those who did are officially in my Sweetest book. No wonder I got better really fast this time, lots of water and good wishes are great for recovery! My nose might look like I’ve been polishing it with sandpaper, but I’m ready for Christmas holidays!

I’ve even packed all the presents and printed out photos to send along with postcards. Christmas, Christmas, it’s time! Just take a look at the boats in Amsterdam…

Santa is cruising the canals
Santa is cruising the canals
Boat parade - Amsterdam Light Festival
Boat parade – Amsterdam Light Festival

No, not really, not like Amsterdam. Every little venture to town has been a surprise this month. Last week I happened to need to cross an overly crowded bridge, people were simply glued to the railing, waiting for a boat parade… Another day I walked into Rembrandt’s “Night Watch” while I was stumbling to the night bus at Rembrandtplein. There is also this huge egg outside of Hermitage and the fishing net that looks like red smoke in the night, and so many other wonders. I wish I had more pictures.

Just wait 😉

Traveling used to be cool

Flying from Amsterdam - my vew, by ks3nia
Bye bye Holland
Flying from Amsterdam - my vew as we arrive Norway, photo by ksenia n.
Norway Hello

I don’t like flying all that much anymore. To fly was a small adventure when I was little, while now it’s just a lot of stress. Getting there is the best part about flight journeys; especially because I’m always slightly worried something will go wrong on the way. Luckily, I always manage to sleep on the plane, and this time was no exception – except that I kept waking up with spasms, wildly confused, sure that I was still on the train to the airport and had forgotten to go off. That was kind of horrible. People started sending me weird looks, but what can you expect on a plane from Amsterdam?

Colorful Mini Holland

I decided to try to discover new places in Holland again, since my journey on Saturday wasn’t all that nice. I couldn’t see much because of the fog, and there were some problems with the train.

This time, I was cleverer. I saw the sun shining outside the window before I jumped on a train to Den Haag to see Madurodam – a park that’s a miniature version of the Netherlands. Ho-ho. Guess who have seen all there is to see in Holland now? (Or the miniature version of it anyway)

I think I must say that I really like parks like this; it’s like walking around in a world of toys. But at the same time, in the end, everything is small, and it doesn’t really look all that real up close. It was still worth a visit, and the real Den Haag still waited to be explored as I left the park :-)))

More info about Madurodam for those interested HERE.

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