June, oh June! You were hot! The weather was crazy this past month. And life was also… busy. I have been doing a lot of work as I got a new assignment at a local hospital, I finally got to catch up with friends, had a little 6 year blogiversay to celebrate, went to Paris (!!!), and well… then the month was done and dusted!

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not matsuri
“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”

― Ralph Waldo Emerson

I was feeling a bit detached from myself and the world last week. As though everything was going up inside a giant void and life was just blurring past. What better remedy is there than venturing to the seaside on a free afternoon?

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The Hague is probably my favourite city in my country. Amsterdam is all nice and awesome, but there’s nothing like the homely city at sea (or at least to me, it’s homely). This weekend there was the opening of the Japanese garden in Clingendael, they had planned some sort of festival with little shops so my friend and I decided to go.

I must say, I didn’t expect a lot. The Dutch can sometimes be a bit frugal when it comes to ‘festivals’. But there were more shops and stands than I expected, lots of Bonsai, Ikebana and dinnerware stands. But I thought it was lacking in food stalls. Anyhow, we had fun. There were (cherry) blossoms and the garden was quite pretty too. – Also, I haven’t posted in a while, so I decided to give you a bit of an overload in pictures.

The stalls were pretty though, I shouldn’t be too harsh. And there were some women dressed in wonderful yukata’s. Although I didn’t make pictures of them because I thought that would be slighlty awkward and I’m avoiding being to awkward these days. Anyhow, look at those teru teru bozu’s being cute and all!

There were these little statues and a Buddha inside the garden which gave me a bit of a Spirited Away feel. It was great to just wander through the garden, even though it was quite busy.

When we were done walking around we decided to get some real food. So we got ourselves a bento box, a glass of calpis and some sushi on the side in the city centre at ‘Set Genki Tei’. Really nice restaurant if you’re ever in the neighbourhood! (The ladies toilet is completely Hello-Kitty-fied. It’s amazing!)

And this is how we finished the day: homemade takoyaki. My sister has moved to another place, so my friend and I decided to pay her a visit in her new home. We were happily welcomed with takoyaki, there’s nothing else to say but ‘omnomnom‘.

I had a plentiful week this past week. Exams for the first half of the semester are over… coming Monday the second half starts and I will be learning about the law and management done in the world of art and museums. Hurrah! After this semester I’ll be studying art history since 1900! (Can I get a hell yeah?!) Even though this all looks pretty sweet to me, I am feeling a bit put down lately. A bit of an in between feeling. I wish that Christmas could come fast.

I luuuuurrvve modern art, or… art since 1900. My favourite painter ever is Magritte. But anyhow, last week I visited my friend in The Hague. And before actually seeing her, I visited the ‘Gemeentemuseum‘. They had this lovely exposition on modern art from Paris I had to see.I must say, I really like the work of Matisse too.

The last picture, did you notice those awesome shadow-like people? Unfortunately, I forgot to write down the name of that painter. :(