I Shall Emerge!
Kawahigashi Hekigoto (1873-1937), Japanese poet and haiku pioneer writes: 初雷や ふるふが如き 雛の壇 Hatsu-rai ya/ Furuu ga gotoki/ Hina no dan The first thunder Is likely to shake The tiered doll stand. I feel that way about spring. As the heads of the first crocuses crown on my street I want to let out a guttural shriek, a…
Ramen on a Rainy Day
On a rainy day a warm bowl of ramen is very welcome. Tokyo Ramen Iki is located at the Stadshart in Amstelveen. It is a small cute joint that serves reasonably priced yummy food. The service was pitch perfect. I will surely be visiting it often and would recommend it especially if you have a…
Cherry Blossoms in Amsterdamse Bos
Bambi (resident 10yo) and I put on our walking shoes, strapped on our backpacks, grabbed our picnic lunch, and headed off to see the Cherry Blossoms at the Kersenbloesempark located in the forest or the Amsterdamse Bos. The trek from Amsterdam, via Metro and two bus changes, to the Amstelveen side of the Bos was confusing…