“So what are your plans for the weekend?” – a coworker asked me as I was preparing to leave the office on Friday evening.
“I have no plans. The weekends when I have no plans are the best weekends.” – I answered. I wished him a good one and then left.
In this scheduled life, when every day is a chase of an invisible something, a weekend with zero plans equals pure freedom to me.
We continued the evening the way we started it: with drinks at the nearby De Balie. We do like to discuss a concert into detail after it is finished!
I woke up on Saturday morning with this beautiful bunch of roses my boyfriend brought from the market, together with some freshly baked croissants. We then made coffee and had breakfast at home.
The grey light coming through the windows was definitely non inviting. I knew it was going to be one of those days when Amsterdam will not see my face. So I spent the entire day at home, just reading, watching movies and doing nothing at all.
Today I did something I haven`t done in a long time: I went shopping. I decided I needed some new necklaces, a new red nail polish and some lip gloss.
The sun was up on the sky and it felt so good just being outside and enjoying a peaceful Sunday all by myself. Amsterdam is always such a good company!
I was happy the streets were still quiet and the shops were just opening as I reached the shopping area. So, after quickly getting what I needed – and an additional green shirt, too pretty to let go – I started to head back home.
On my way back, I felt like going for a coffee and browse the magazine I was carrying in my bag.
The sun, the canals, the boats, the birds, the people on the streets… I felt like getting my camera out of the bag and take the one and the only photo of the day. But it was simply too hard to reach under all the newly purchased items, so I just let go. After all, some moments are for simply being enjoyed, not necessarily captured.
I had a cappuccino in the sun at Coffee Company Waterlooplein and returned home only after having finished both my drink and my magazine.
Whenever I buy something new, I try to let go of something else. So, the moment I arrived home, I felt like cleaning up my drawers. I can`t explain why, but this simply makes me feel good! I don`t like keeping things I no longer use and the less I have the better it feels.
By the time I finished my little cleaning episode, my boyfriend returned from his 75km bike ride form Amsterdam to Laren and back.
A lunch and a glass of wine later – add some photo editing – and here I am! Before the day is gone, I plan to finish the book I`m currently reading and then call it a day.
I am hoping for an easy week ahead and I wish you the same!