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Experiments with enough – Day 39

Experiments with enough – Day 39

Officially on holiday.

I’ve taken a few much needed days to do absolutely nothing (except write very little about doing absolutely nothing). It felt so, so good today to just lie in the sun, to eat a lot of Sicilian food, to walk, to laugh, to completely forget to stress about what I have not yet done.

I am grateful. Grateful to be here in the best company I could imagine, grateful for the space I am in, grateful for the food, the air, the sea, the endless amounts of lava rock everywhere. Grateful for everything that has paved the way to here and now. Because it feels great.

Experiments with enough – Day 19

Experiments with enough – Day 19

At the end of today I feel full of creative energy, inspired, calm, joyful, connected, full of love and also rather tired. It’s been an active and eventful day.

It started with yoga. I finally got to the last day in the 31 Day Yoga Revolution thing I was following on Facebook and did the last flow practice of the series. What next for my mornings?

A hurried fruit breakfast and shower later I power-walked to Floriana for the four hours of the day when I wear my corporate marketing hat. This morning I mostly concentrated on a review of email marketing templates, trying to figure out what is extra, what is missing, what could be more effective in fulfilling the needs it was trying to fulfil. I had a training call cancelled because my contact was trying to get a photo of the Queen. That’s definitely a first.

At about 1:15pm I headed to the ID Cards office to finally apply for my card. It was a waltz from one office to the next. Reception to office 1 to office 2 to office 3 to office 4. Each office does one little step in the grand journey that ended with a pink sheet of paper which is essentially my ID card until the actual one arrives.

Tasting Tomorrow - FOAM - Experiments with enough Freelancing diary

The afternoon was dedicated to food networks in Malta. Time’s Up, an organisation based in Austria that describes itself as a laboratory for the construction of experimental situations, organised a workshop entitled Tasting Tomorrow. Part of their series of workshops about possible futures, this one was facilitated by FOAM – a network of generalists who aim to find connections and intersections between art, science, nature and everyday life, this time through food. They brought together an admirable array of food organisations, businesses, interested people to map out the current situation, identify gaps and also list resources and needs within it. The attendee list veered very strongly towards the healthy, conscious, fair trade kind of businesses / organisation so it was not representative of the whole system, however it was absolutely wonderful to have such a collection of people come together. I learnt about many new projects, met new people, saw some possibilities for collaboration where our ideas intersected. I left the place energised and enthusiastic and very much looking forward to seeing what will eventually come out of this.

Last stop for the day was Inizjamed’s Open Mic night in Splendid, Strada Stretta. It was SO beautiful to sit amongst an interested, engaged crowd and listen to moving poetry, stories, music by many very talented humans. I really realised how much I miss writing poetry and how I long to get back to it. Soon, soon 🙂

Food, food, architecture and some sluttery in Amsterdam

Our quick stopover in Amsterdam en route to Singapore started with a slight delay after we missed our flight by a hair and a half. To be fair we were cutting it very fine with the timings but ended up being refused boarding 15 min from departure time then having the questionable pleasure of watching our luggage being painstakingly taken off the plane, and the plane hanging about there for a good 15 more minutes. Thankfully an Easyjet transfer charge later we managed to just about get checked in on the next flight after much running and hilarious visits to oversize luggage.

Dam Square
Pretty lights and architecture was pretty much the order of the day in Dam Square and all around.

Amsterdam was expectedly gorgeous from start to finish. The AirBnB room Gayle source was nothing short of amazing as well as totally central, 10 points on that find!

Having dropped our luggage, the 14 tram took us on a scenic tour of the centre and we got off at the main square responding to the strong lure of a Christmas market. The mesmerized wonder continued as we proceeded to try just about every yummy  food available including waffles, dutch pancakes, copious amounts of cheese, strudel and potatoes. We do not do things by halves!

Dutch pancakes
Gayle clearly excited at the prospect of Dutch pancakes. They were very yummy.

Coffee shops, canals and the red light district amused our post food indulgence waddling, stopping very frequently to ooo and aaa at the absolutely gorgeous architecture, pretty lights, canal boats and naughty ladies on phones in shop windows. Definitely a city to revisit.

With the European bit of the grand tour done we’re currently waiting to board our flight to Singapore, heading to Asia for New Year. Let’s hope we get on  this one 🙂

Warm caramel pancakes
A yummy, happy discovery. Warm double pancake with gooey caramel in between.
Amsterdam's Christmas Market
All kinds of everything edible and yummy at Amsterdam’s Christmas Market.
Preparing fries with sauces in Amsterdam.
Amsterdam takes potatoes seriously with several little shops selling gourmet fries with every sauce under the sun. I would personally go for good old salt and vinegar any day.
A floating four poster bed in Amsterdam's Red Light District
A floating four poster bed in Amsterdam’s Red District. Sadly a bit chilly for late night floating redez-vous…