Up until two o’clock my day had been rather uneventful and boring, so Marcella [who joined our project for a day] and I decided to do something about that and spontaneously jumped on a train to the beach. Our afternoon was one long photo walk, with a small break where we paused for a picnic in the dunes with coffee and mildly deformed Finnish rolls that I had made on Sunday. We took pictures until our fingers were frozen and it started pouring.
I’ve frequently been missing you this month. Your stuffed pepper recipe has settled into our kitchen, my room is filled with the smell of tiger balm and I see your sweet notes every time I open my journal.
Now if you’ll excuse me - I have a lot of salt and sand to rinse out of my hair.
38/52 // recap
// celebrated my grandparents 50th anniversary. I am usually not a big fan of anniversary parties since they sometimes tend to get a little awkward or boring, but oh boy, I loved this one. My dad made best quiz, my aunt and uncle gave deep deep speeches and my cousins had made a little photo presentation of all the fun things they’ve done with my grandparents since they were little, such as surfing. I loved how the focus of the speeches was so much on their lives over past few years and on the growth they’ve experienced in their faith and in their marriage. It’s such a powerful example to see your grandparents loving each other every single day, never taking each other for granted. Spending the past two weekends with my entire family has been so great and has made me so thankful again for who they are and that we are family. We ended the day by singing blessings over my grandpa and grandma, incredibly beautiful.
// started crafting these paper cherry blossoms. http://www.kinfolk.com/ever-blooming-blossoms/
// made my favorite Nepali soup called thentuk I talked about last week again: an easy chicken broth filled with vegetables, potatoes, thick homemade noodles and lots of cilantro.
// visited the World Food Festival here in Rotterdam with my friend Joyce. Quite different from the local Farmers Market on Saturdays! This festival is all about new ideas in the culinary industry. I went to a little greenhouse that called itself a seed library where you could take seeds home with you, grow a plant, and then bring those new seeds back. If only I had a garden or balcony! Check out more food ideas at http://www.worldfoodfestival.nl/en/
// exploring verse two of Psalm 131
// and this song’s been on repeat the past few weeks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pyue2N1XZ0M
Here are some snaps of my day for you, finally showing you some views I get to see every day on my way to school. Rotterdam is a beautiful city and I’m so thankful I’m living here.
This morning I prepared a presentation about the homeless in San Francisco. I’m taking a class on American cities and their problems, and I can’t wait to go to the States again coming December.
My other class today was a photography one, which was nice. I’m realizing more and more that in the end it’s all about taking photos that I love, and about not conforming to the ideas of the art academy. This teacher keeps making it clear over and over again, which is a good reminder!
Hoping you are well, and aren’t missing California too much there in Herrnhut!
37/52 // recap
// this video. http://vimeo.com/69098032
We watched it at the academy yesterday, a [Dutch] video made by a graduate about what four years of art school did to her, about how lost, confused and frustrated she has become, and about how teachers and the typical way of thinking at school have influenced her ‘own work’ in a negative way. It made me realize how important it is to keep making work that I like. Work that I want to make, just because, and not to conform to academy expectations. It’s such a strange system.
// such a good read. https://www.kinfolk.com/the-idler/
It confirmed my need to do nothing. Yesterday I wrote a tight to do schedule that was nearly impossible to follow up to, even though I worked for hours. This was a good wake up call. I made a rich plum pie this morning, which took me three hours longer than I had permitted myself. It was a little hard and I didn’t fully manage to block out my endless to do list, but I think that in the end it’s been good for me. In those hours of complete silence ideas started popping up in my head, without me even trying. Being alone and not doing anything for a while gives me more grace, patience and creativity for everything else. Even though it goes completely against my daily routine now that I’m in school, it is worth it. There is so much to be found in silence and solitude.
I started following a class about Arabic script. It reminds me of the code language me and my brother would make up to write secret notes to each other. / We celebrated my grandparents’ 50th anniversary on a beautiful Dutch island. We swam, either in the sea or in the jacuzzi, played games, biked, and I took lots of photos. / I made Nepalese dumplings and a Tibetan soup, I can now cure my homesickness that kicks in every now and then. / Me and my friend made a kite, but it couldn’t survive the wind and rain at the beach. / And last but not least, I edited my website, and even though I’ll always be insecure about my own work, I like seeing all my photos together. www.dorienscheltens.com //