To my surprise, just before Christmas, my (very lovely) boyfriend informed me that we were going on holiday. Except, it wasn’t for me to know where we were headed until later on and, I confess, heading to Amsterdam never crossed my mind. As a foreigner, it is very easy to get wrapped up in misconceptions when considering the Netherlands (read: copious amounts of lad’s holidays, stag and hen do’s and that the majority of Brits travel to Holland to, ahem, “take liberties”, as one local would say to me). It is a shame then that much of the history, beauty and culture of Amsterdam is overshadowed by the above (though of course, what you look for is what you’ll find). Skimming through pocket guides and Google is the best way forward. It is probably best to hit some of the big tourist spots, especially if it is your first visit or if you are on a short break, as we were.
Sometimes, it is hard to feel liberated, especially when your primary output is creative. Silly, isn’t it, especially when we pause to consider that the basic need to be creative is one of freedom and opinion.
Every so often though, the darkest of doom-laden shadows creeps under your door and lurks in your presence, just out of sight and always out of reach, averting your clutches until that opportune moment occurs so it can strike and swathe you in its weighty bleakness.
It’s been a seriously long time since I last did one of these, so I guess we’re due another one, right?
Recently, I’ve had a really strong urge to be creative again. It’s something that has been a bit absent since I started university three years ago, which is crazy when you think about it! Perhaps it was even before then, as A-Level workload can similarly bog you down and soak up your free time.
Do you consider yourself one of the coolest cats around? The sort that just can’t cope with the sludge of the modern day charts crammed with dub step, One Direction and crappy R’n’B? It’s all too much to bear, isn’t it? Never fear however, for now you’ve a new home in the wonderful Shake The Shack!