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Sitting on the windowsill at home in Amsterdam, Netherlands with Lagertha, the white cat.
Photo: Amsterdam, Netherlands / December 2021 / iPhone SE 1

I decided to spend about a month in Amsterdam. Recently, the Netherlands has announced a strict lockdown over Christmas amid concerns over the Omicron coronavirus variant. Non-essential public venues will be closed until at least mid-January. This isn’t the first time I am in town, so I am taking the opportunity to get some seriously long-overdue work done, meditate, finish midway-abandoned books, and drink lots of tea.

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Delicious, healthy vegan food bowl at Benji's restaurant in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Photo: Benji’s / Amsterdam, Netherlands / December 2021 / Apple iPhone 6s

I miss Asia, primarily and not in that exact order: the nature, the weather, the people, and the food. I have been thinking a lot about where I would be right now if it wasn’t for the pandemic. I don’t think I would be here in cold and wet Amsterdam, which, by all means, is an amazing city – much nicer in the Summer. I doubt I would be anywhere near Europe, to be honest. I would probably still be in Asia.

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