Friday, April 2, 2010

The Jordaan... cute but tiny:

Many fun, and funny, things happen each day within my bubble of senses, which allow me to view and interact with the world around me. The Jordaan has been absorbing most of my senses, these days. The Jordaan feels so tiny because the buildings are all so small, packed in tight and most of the streets are very narrow, with thin canals running through, here and there, and countless bridges. Other than learning Dutch and hanging out in the Jordaan (because I live here!), life is swell and I’m happy. Ik vind Amsterdam zo mooi, maar ik moet Nederlands leren. And that is my full time ambition right now, and we’re I’m concentrating most of my effort. I must learn Dutch. I understand a large part of what people say, but have to reply in English due to my lack of Dutch vocabulary. Dutch is–heel makkelijk–or easy, for me to understand–but so strange to speak. But it’s fun, my first, second language, and I’m told I have an Ameri-Dutch accent. Which I fully own and love that I possess. I guess what’s odd to realize is that I’m growing up. And it’s exciting, and scary. And I’m doing it in Amsterdam, which makes everyday just a wee bit more interesting. Soon I will be moving to Amsterdam East. A love child of Flevopark I shall be… it is one of the few parks in the city I have never even been to–but have already claimed as my new park. (Update, June 2010: the park is fab!) This summer, I will summer, in the East of Amsterdam. Moving to the Indische Buurt in June will feel so refreshing. Until then, I've placed tulips on our table, oh yes, and Sunday has been reserved for dying Easter eggs. I'm not so into Christianity, so the eggs are only for fun, eh. And lets just end on the note of: the Jordaan is beautiful, but unless your apartment is large and spacious… it's also tiny.