Facebook reminded me that it`s been four years since I posted the two photos on the right side of this collage. That was enough of a reason for me to think about taking some current day photographs to match them. The new photos, dated February 2016, are visible on the left side.
So what exactly is different?
The area – West vs. East
In 2012, I was living in Amsterdam West. Now, I live in Amsterdam East (Oost). The newspaper that the municipality of each district sends to its inhabitants (with local news and developments) is a proof: the West edition on the right side and the East edition on the left.
The living space – loft in De Baarsjes vs. apartment in the Eastern Docklands
As much as I used to love living in that loft – by myself and as a single person – nothing compares to the energy and comfort of your own place, that you can decorate after your heart`s wish. Which brings me to the next thing on the list!
The items on display – Photos on the walls vs. books on the shelves
My boyfriend made it clear – even since our previous shared apartment – that sticking those naïve, teenage-like photos on the walls (visible in the top right side of the collage) is no longer an option. They are now stowed somewhere in the basement, their place being taken by more adequate things, such as books and objects with a meaning.
The coffee – coffee with milk vs. filter coffee
Back to 2012, I used to like my coffee with lots of milk in it. It was actually milk with coffee rather than the other way around. 🙂 Now, I prefer filter coffee, most of the times with no added sugar. Coffee with milk has become a treat, something I mostly enjoy during a meeting with friends or at the movies.
The flowers – fresh flowers in the vase vs. green plants in pots
Ever since I`ve surrounded myself with green plants – there is at least one plant in each room of this apartment – I don`t seem to need fresh flowers that often anymore. Taking care of plants is something I enjoy more than filling my vase with flowers that I need to throw away after a few days.
And what exactly stayed the same?
This is a habit I got ever since I moved to the Netherlands: having decorative candles in the house and lighting them up every evening for a plus of cosiness. If they`re perfumed, that`s even better.
Although I don`t use the pink agenda anymore, I took it out of the drawer for the sake of the photo. But I do need to list events and appointments (I now use my phone for that), so I won`t forget anything as the week unfolds. This is another thing I got from living in this country; I never used to need an agenda when I was living in Romania. Could it be age to blame for this? Do I have more responsibilities now? More friends? Have I become more outgoing? No idea, but I do need an agenda.
In spite of some minor differences, I am pretty much the same person I used to be four – or fourteen – years ago. 🙂