Amsterdam is especially significant to me because I had the opportunity to spend my birthday in the charming dancing city of lights. Not only that, but on the day of my 31st birthday, I was able to share my special day with with Anne Frank; her spirit lives on. It was a day before my birthday that Anne and her family were found so many fateful years ago. Ironically, I landed in Amsterdam the same day Anne and her family were captured. The day after, my birthday, I walked through Anne Frank’s house remembering her spirit. I found a part of myself there that day. Anne teaches us more about ourselves and without her, we otherwise would not understood.
Amsterdam, Netherlands was one of the last cities I visited in Europe on my way back to London before departing back to Canada. After visiting so many places across western and eastern Europe, I knew once arriving in Amsterdam that it’s a city with charm unlike the others. I had to ask myself: what’s so different about Amsterdam? It’s not the red light district, but the vast canals throughout the city, yachts and house boats, the abundance of bicycles (there are more bikes then people in Amsterdam), tulip markets, and the ordinately decorated buildings lining the narrow streets. There was just something about Amsterdam that made me fall in love with it. Continue reading →
Even though it may seem like a stereotype, I was told that I couldn’t go to the Netherlands without watching a clog making demonstration at one of the few local clog factories in the country and tasting different varieties of traditional Dutch cheese. Would you agree? Continue reading →
Berlin is the European city where I went back in time to relive WWII history. Exploring Berlin’s famous wall and walking the city, while learning more about the past was an important part of my European tour. A recent conversation I had online with a fellow travel blogger reminded me of Germany’s heavy history. Luckily, what’s in the past is in the past. Remembering the past assures us and future generations that history will not repeat itself. Continue reading →
Prague, Czech Republic is another destination I had heard about, but never expected to visit in 2014. My European adventure through eastern Europe landed me in Prague, one of the most beautiful (and one of my favorite) cities I visited on my trip. It wasn’t just the abundance of gothic style buildings, castles, Czech beer, or Czech puppets and marionettes that made me fall in love with Prague. It’s more than that. The vibrant colours, the swans floating below Charles Bridge, the smiles of passing locals and visitors, and the laid back culture of the city are enough reasons to love Prague. Continue reading →
Dresden, Germany is a city which was completely demolished during WWII and was rebuilt from the ground up. The city was in fact rebuilt using the very same bricks that fell during that dreadful war. The cathedral was the only standing building left in the small city, which community members hid in during the bombings. The cathedral eventually collapsed shortly after the bombings subsided, yet the beautiful cathedral was built back up using its original bricks amongst new bricks. Dresden’s character, charm, and story caught my attention and pulled at my heart strings.
It was a somber rainy day when I visited Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany. The willow trees on the property seemed to weep with me as I walked amongst the fenced-in grounds with the grey clouds hanging heavy above my head, just like my heart. Walking alone through the camp made me feel like I was the only soul in Dachau hearing the cries of the past being muffled by the wind. The massive camp holds secrets and history of the past. Truth, reality, redemption, honour, pride, and memory. Continue reading →