Saturday, May 29, 2010

"Business Time, Family Time"



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The next week or so after coming back from The Netherlands was spent on editing pictures and trying to get my life back on track. I will admit that I was still getting up pretty early (for me) and being amazingly productive. I am telling you, if you are an overachiever
The Netherlands is the place to be!




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I had a client meeting on Saturday morning, great couple looking for a different and more original approach to their wedding photography than the traditional Spanish wedding photography will offer. We hit it off right away, and I am now booked to shoot their wedding this fall. So excited! :)


When I got home it quickly became obvious that everyone had a pretty stressful week, and we needed a plan to get everyone in a good mood before we started jumping at each other's throats! Haha. So I decided it was about time we reconnected with nature, and we spent the evening up on a nearby mountain, chatting, soaking the sun, playing cards, and in my case... taking pictures.

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I have to say that there is something really special about just spending some time outdoors. No music, no tv, no distractions. Just the silence, the fresh air, the feeling that the longer you stay out there all your worries start to float away as if carried by the sea. -Sigh-. I loved every minute of it.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Adventures in The Netherlands with Adina Noel::: "Going Home"

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"Slept in" and was up my 08:47, I was also 20 minutes early to catch my bus. I think it may have been a good thing that I was going back home, because, clearly,

the "Dutchness" was starting to get to me.






So this was the plan: catch a bus, to catch a train, to catch a bus, to catch a plane, to catch a ride with my dad to get home!


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It was pretty uneventful. The second bus turned out to be a van full of untalkative Dutch and Germans. While waiting in line I managed to find the one American in the bunch (its like I have a radar for these things), a girl from Florida studying in Sevilla for a semester, and we kept each other company
until we had to catch our flights.


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I have to say that I think that airport security wasn't at all happy about me carrying all my gear. I had to get my camera out, not just my laptop, and my whole bag and camera were scanned twice.


Of course, me being myself, I was still worried about my slightly oversized bag. I didn't have a scale so I couldn't weight my checked in bag. Ryanair is just a little crazy about baggage restrictions, and I have too much gear in there that I can not run the risk of losing or being damaged. On the other hand, I really hadn't bought much of anything during my visit, so I figured I should be just on the weight limit. Again, being me, I was still nervous so I got some things out of my check-in bag and it turned out to actually be "underweight." This also means that my carry-on was overweight. I was praying that they wouldn't give me any trouble with it. Just one simple prayer, and I carried on with my airport journey.


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As it turns out, they didn't weigh it. Funny thing is: "Florida Girl" went through the exact same security checkpoint, and she said they weighed EVERY carry on! What can I say? I serve an awesome God who is cool enough to give me a little hand here and there! ;)


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Uneventful flight. You know, every time I fly I find it so strange that people can be all the way up there with the sky, the cloud, the lighting, and just the fact that you're 30,000 feet in the air and not dying... and not believe in a Creator. I know it strengthens my belief every time.




Dad took about an hour to pick me up at the airport, and I just sat on the curb writing up blog posts! Haha. We were all starving and ended up grabbing a bite just before heading back home. Funny thing is, this trip started and ended at McDonalds! Haha... nice!


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It was a fairly cloudy day in Spain, with the slightest breeze. I love this weather. I love my country, I love my life, and I loved this Adventure in The Netherlands! :)


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Adventures in The Netherlands with Adina Noel::: "Giethoorn!!"

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On the last day of my visit to The Netherlands my friends Lise and Evan decided to take me to "Dutch Venice", a small town called Giethoorn.




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LOVE the VW bug yard idea.


I pretty much spent the whole time I was in The Netherlands practicing how to "roll my GH" and my favorite way of doing so was to repeat the word "Ghiethoon"over and over. Also, when people would speak dutch around me and I just wanted to be a part of the conversation, "Giethoorn" I go! :)



It took a little while to get there, but it was all good. Sitting in the car listening to John Mayer on the radio as you watch the beautiful scenery is quite a treat all in itself!




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When we finally got to Giethoorn it was the quaintest most beautiful place in the world. They have boats going around the town everywhere, and there's ducks swimming, and birds flying, and tourists freezing everywhere. OK, maybe that was just me.

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Did I mention there were no bikes in Ghiethoorn? Heaven!

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We stopped in a little restaurant for a little snack, and to get out of the cold for a bit. I had delicious hot chocolate with a cookie and even an Easter egg! YAY!

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Milk Mustache! :)


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Afterwards we went to rent a boat for the afternoon. I was taking pictures of the boat warehouse when I decided to switch over from my wide angle to my 50mm lens. I reached in my bag and couldn't find it. I emptied my bag and it was GONE! Last I could remember having it was at the restaurant, so Lise and I ran back while I mentally kicked myself in the head for being so forgetful and prayed that it would still be there. We walked in to find the waiter with the all-too-familiar look that I know I've had on my face many many times while waitressing. It's the slight smile of "Oh, look... it's the panicked person who forgot something" The waiter had my 50mm lens! :) Phew! Thank God!

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I love my 50mm lens!

We went back to the boat warehouse (in a better more-giggly mood this time) and rented a boat. Giethoorn is SO beautiful, I simply had to take a million little pictures. Here we go!

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Giethoorn Around The Corner

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It was so nice and peaceful to spend a day there just sailing and enjoying the beautiful scenery. We ended the day by going to a friend's house and having dinner and a movie. So good and fun! Then we said our goodbyes, since I was going to the airport the next morning all by myself. Taking two buses, and two trains while crossing over to Germany to take a plane to go home. What an adventure, that you will hear about on our NEXT "Adventures in The Netherlands!"

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Hanging out with "Opa", seeing if he can spare a few bucks!



Friday, May 14, 2010

Adventures in The Netherlands with Adina Noel::: "Good Friday& EHOP 1Ding Conference"


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Good friday was an accurate name for the next day. It was Friday, and it was good!






We started out by going to Lise's parents house for some amazing home made food. Have I mentioned I wanted to bring her mother back home with me? Yeah, I did. Not that my parents aren't good cooks, that they are, but you can never have too much good food lying around.



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Another interesting bit was that Lise's sister, brother-in-law, and adorable little nieces had just moved back to The Netherlands from being in Switzerland. We got to spend the day with them, and of course I took a million little shots of these adorable kids.


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In the evening we said our goodbyes and Lise, Evan, and I headed out to the European House of Prayer to a conference that was going on through the weekend. it. was. amazing. I loved every minute of just being in God's presence and soaking it in. So refreshing to just retreat to a place where you are there for the purpose of learning, worshipping, and growing in your relationship with God. Also, amazing photo opportunities.

I pretty much made myself the event photographer! Haha. So here are some shots!


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An interesting thing happened the next day. They were holding several different workshops about all kinds of things. I decided to sit through the "Harp & Bowl" workshop, since I thought it would help me out the most as a new worship leader. The whole conference was translated from dutch to English, though most people spoke dutch. As this workshop progressed I noticed that there was only one other English speaker in there, and neither one of us felt like saying much when the dutch forgot to translate. The people there really got into the workshop, praying, and worshipping, and it got to a point where there was no English being spoken at all. That lasted about an hour. I didn't want to interrupt because it's such a time with God... but... let's just say, it was a lot of dutch! Haha. There was one girl who I later talked to who was really shocked that I didn't understand anything, so she translated the important bits. I just thought it was kind of funny that I was just sitting there like "God, I don't know what's going on... but it sounds good!" Haha. I love Dutch!


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Daniel Lim was a speaker from the International House Of Prayer that flew in from Kansas City for the event. He is a pretty great guy, funny insights, and occasional dance moves!

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Sleep deprivation kicked in by Sunday, but when it comes to me that's a pretty regular song to sing.

All I remember is actually going somewhere at around 8 am. What can I say? I am not a morning person.




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We spent the morning in worship, and had lunch there. I have to say that I was sad to see it end. I met so many amazing new people that I now get to call friends... I think it leaves me no option but to make sure to go back to The Netherlands in the future!



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After EHOP Lise, Evan, and I had dinner and a movie at a friend's house, ate the biggest plate of chinese food ever, and sat on the greatest couch of all time! When we got back to their house we sadly said our goodbyes, I was leaving the next day and had to cross over to Germany and find the airport by myself AND on time. If you know me at all you know that there is never a normal encounter between me and an airport. Just think back on how this adventure started, with me being called in by security!

Anyway this experience turned out to be, of course, quite an adventure that you will hear about in our NEXT Adventures in The Netherlands!