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Amsterdam, mi amor

Stephanie Pulido

Of course everyone raves about Amsterdam being cool because you can get high and fuck girls for money but there was something quite magical about the city other than those obvious reasons. I arrived in Amsterdam at 7 am from an overnight bus in Paris, dropped my bags off and started my day. This was the last city on my trip and the first one where I was not staying with a friend. Solo traveller mode needed to be turned on which I hadn't needed to do since Paris back in November. I ate pancakes, worked on my street photography, bought mushroom truffles and saw the dutch version of MIA perform and the list goes on. 

One of my favorite moments was stumbling upon a cafe that was filled with monstera deliciosa and oversized crystals. I ordered a joint and an organic apple juice (my favorite) and proceeded to find a seat in this quaint yet crowded cafe. I finally found a table and then Toro Y Moi's "Underneath the Pine" album came on, which is easily one of my favorite records. A joint, a juice and some jams? I was in heaven and was soaking up these emotions of satisfaction and pure joy. The plants reminded me of my friend Terra, then Blondie came on, which reminded me of my friend Yvonne. Even though I was physically alone, my friends were surrounded all around me. When I see art, I think of a moment or a feeling or even a person. Everything I see is a constant reminder of who I am and where I am going and everything is connected.

I went to so many photography galleries and museums and came across a book called "People Of Amsterdam" which was a collection of street photography and portraits. I had one roll of film left and wanted to capture people in their rawest moments as we coexist in this concept we call time. I have come to realize how important capturing these twinkles in life are to me and my passion for photography was steadily increasing. There definitely is room for improvement but there always is. You can never fill up the space to become the best version of yourself, but you can always try. There is always going to be someone smarter than you, prettier than you, and even more talented to you, but one thing that sets you a part from others is, being yourself, recognizing your handicaps and embracing them.