Amsterdam | Minolta X-700

Someday, I’ll live in the country side… With endless fields, forests and waters. But for now, I’m glad to be living in the exact opposite. There is something about fast city madness. The sea of everchanging people and places, where life ceases to stop for just one moment.

Minolta X-700, Vivitar Series 1 24-70 mm / 3.8-4.8, DM Paradies 200 (35mm, ISO 200), Canon Canon MP560

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Some Thoughts on Downsizing (& books)

If you didn’t have so much goddamn  stuff, you wouldn’t need a house. You could just walk around all the time.
– George Carlin

Simple and true.
If we didn’t have so much stuff, we could just grab our coats and go. Anytime. Walk some other pavements of this planet.

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“Jack of all trades – master of none”

Jacks of all trades, generalists, “Hans Dampf in allen Gassen”, whatever you might choose to call it; if you have no idea what I am talking about – I am referring to those kinds of people who are reasonably competent with a variety of skills, but who don’t stick out in a particular one. It’s almost like a trade-off; either be reasonably good at many things or master one (or a few) particular skill(s). Being a generalist as opposed to being a specialist. If you find yourself having an exceptionally long list of passions and interests that also seems to be subject to constant transformation …you might want to start calling yourself a “Jack” also. Other potential symptoms? Continue reading

Strawbale building

In august we did some strawbale building at Vereniging Aardehuis in Holland. When the workload of building all 24 blocks of earthships with tires became too overwhelming and time-consuming for the people of the community in Olst, they decided to build the rest of the houses with straw – another sustainable building material that doesn’t take as much time as tires to be put in place
(I heard that it would take about 20 minutes (for the fastest person) to prepare only one tire! One wall consisted of approximately 200-300 tires.. You do the math!).

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Pavement

Isn’t it sad? The whole world coverd under a grey mass of asphalt.

It makes absolute sense that we consider this world a hard and cold one.
We designed it this way.

Who could feel at home, comfortable and taken care of at the sight of this hard and cold pavement? It’s everywhere.
That’s why I love to see those tough little plants that are able to break through the surface of the pavement and grow towards the sun. Quite impressive!

Maybe we could choose to design more beautiful, blooming pathways. And plant more fruits and vegetables all around the city (it’s already happening in some citys). Maybe that would make the world look a little less scary.

New Project: Gardening

I am a Psychology student… But somehow it seems more urgent to me to learn about gardening – and I mean immediately. So I basically started today, it’s a nice and sunny but unsettled spring day. I think I found enough space in the little backyard of my shared flat to get a few plants growing.

The first steps to take (if you’re a student like me and are living in a shared flat like I do) are probably:

  • tidying up the garden (students create a lot of garbage)
  • finding some gaden-tools (we have almost everything here, mostly hidden in the weirdest places, left by long-gone roommates)
  • gathering information asking the old folks, searching for books at the library or reading through some online stuff, if you know as little about plants as I do
  • buying plants or seed

I think I am going to start with: peppermint (I love the smell of it and it will be great for tea and Mojitos), salad and tomatoes (probably growing inside on the windowsill). Three very different plants. Tomorrow I’ll buy some compost and soil to create a nice bed for the new housemates and probably get the plants or seeds too. I’ll have to ask a garden lady if I should dare to seed them. My mum promised to give me some of her plant pots (for the tomatoes). For the salad I would like to have a more spacious thing. Like a little baby bathtub, that would look awesome! Maybe I can get that at one of the second hand stores here.