Day 24

15 October 2017

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Last night was exactly the night that I needed. The perfect balance of excitement and relaxation. Although, I now know that I absolutely can’t smoke any pot unless I am going to sleep right after. I kept forcing my eyes to stay open because I was introduced to Stephen Chow films. Shaolin Soccer is absolutely absurd but it is now on my top favorite movie list. Check it out.

My morning consisted of cuddling, coffee, and drawing. I am taking every day as slow as I can to make this last as long as possible. After putzing around for a while we moved out for the day. The first stop on our agenda was a park, Kralingse Bos.

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It was a warm sunshiny day with a breeze. I couldn’t have asked for anything nicer and it was the ideal day to be laying outside. Dogs were jumping in the water, couples were laying in the grass, children were running around, and sailboats were swaying out on the water. We were all enjoying this splendid day before the cold of autumn really sets in. It was so picturesque it almost didn’t feel real. It was like a scene out of an old romance film or a painting.

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Once I felt like I could remove myself from the imaginary film that was playing in my head, J and I walked across to a petting zoo farm that was in the park. Being around happy animals are the easiest way to make me happy as well. This was icing on the cake. Goats, pigs, chickens, peacocks, donkeys, rabbits, and more goats roamed around without a care. It was quite difficult not to take a small goat back with me.

I pulled myself away from the animals and we headed back for food and shopping. It’s usually not difficult for me to resist buying something but secondhand quirky stores almost always have one thing that has my name written all over it. I mentally told myself to not get anything because I have no room for any extras in my suitcase and I can’t be spending money on unneeded nonsense. I caved once I found a gorgeous coat and I convinced myself that I needed it. Well, not needed but it was perfect for me, looked fabulous on, and reminded me of a coat that I had when I was younger.

We went to the grocery store to get ingredients for dinner that J was going to make. I don’t think I have ever been in awe of someone doing something as simple as walking down the isle of a supermarket. I know I shouldn’t get overly personal but I don’t ever want to forget that feeling. It felt like my head was spinning around in my head because nothing felt real. It sounds absurd, I know. The whole day has felt like one long daydream.

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