Moment of awesome
Although my achievements in the world of sports have not led me to the Olympics, I do like to think of myself as an athletic guy. Countless hours in the gym, on the frisbee field, and on my bike have gotten me in pretty good overall shape. One thing about my body that could use some attention, however, is flexibility. As one of my friends correctly noted during my first ever yoga session two years ago: I stretch like a pregnant elephant! It sounds like a stretch of the imagination, but he is actually not that far from the truth. It’s also not uncommon for the whole class to take a yoga stance and have only one person fall over each time we change position (guess who this person is).
Given my humbling history in the world of yoga, my favorite moment of the week was my handstand against the wall! I had never done a handstand in my life ever, so it felt like a fun way to challenge myself. Thanks to the support of the cool yoga instructor I can now do a handstand against a wall, walk my feet down into a reversed table-top position, and get back up the same way I came down. I doubt that my achievement got us any closer to world peace, but there are moments where you have to celebrate the smaller things in life. I wanted to share this momentous event with you, so without further ado see the video below (IT WAS AWESOME):
What else did I do this week? Read Four More Paragraphs about Cape Cod and Boston
This week was quite an inward-focused week and as I had ample opportunity for reflection (no wonder with views like these: Nauset Beach drive up, Nauset Beach, the bay, Skaket Beach, and the Ocean side). The Cape is extremely busy in summer but out of season is has the appeal of a small seaside town. A number of restaurants and stores have closed for the season or have shorter opening hours. In short, there was just not much happening. I spent most of the time working on my blog, planning the next few weeks (more on this in the last paragraph), and writing my book. So far, I have figured the importance of having people around me, which makes sense since I’m a big extravert. I like my alone time, but if I had the choice between working in a coffee shop or at home alone, eight out of ten times I’d go out. Working and living in a city would then be a logical choice for me I feel. My next realization is that I would like to work for a cause I’m truly passionate about. I have not figured out what that would encompass exactly, but helping other people live up to their full potential will be an important element in that. Let’s see if I can get closer to a solution in the next weeks/months.
What could have easily been top pick for this week’s worst moment is me trying to write this blog post while battling a massive hangover after a night of drinking in Boston (when in Rome, do as the Romans). However, a tougher moment was earlier this week. It was a cold, windy day and I was biking around on the Cape after a couple of bad nights sleep. I had physically exhausted myself and had a very inward focus that day. I was biking down the Cape Cod Bike Trail and ended up at the ocean side beach front. The serenity of the view, the way the sunlight hit the water, the seals sticking out their heads above the water, and the salty air really got to me. That moment I felt very present and my thoughts went to my dad, who passed away a few years ago. I had a moment and grieved about the loss. After a few minutes I gave the moment a place and enjoyed the rest of my bike ride in tranquility, taking this picture on my way back home.
Friday I took the bus from Cape Cod to Boston to meet up with friends. Boston is absolutely beautiful this time of the year and the city has a very special feeling to it. Unlike San Francisco or most other US cities I have visited, Boston is not a grid or as spread out. Although I have only been in Boston two days now, my first impression of the city is that it feels very European. The houses look very British and I noticed a strong Italian influence in the form of food and today’s taxi driver (who, on a side note, told me he was a drug dealer in a gang in 1970’s Boston – I gave him 5 stars on Uber for the entertaining story). Saturday morning me and a good friend/former teammate climbed the 294 steps of Bunker Hill Monument – the site of one of the first major battles between the British and Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War. The view from the monument was well worth going up (see picture of the view from all 4 sides of the monument). After a stroll down the Freedom trail I watched the sunset with a friend at the Charles river.
This week I am staying in Boston to study the history of the US and to get a better feel for the city and its people. On the weekend I’m going back to the Cape and I fly out to Ottawa, Canada Monday the 21st. I will be out of the country for two weeks before flying to NYC and starting a road trip from there. That’s the current tentative plan, but as Ellie Goulding would say, “anything could happen.”
Favorite landscape picture
Cape Cod has so many beautiful sights, one picture would not do it justice. These three short time lapse videos give a good impression of fall on the Cape.
1 – Skaket Beach High Tide coming in (33 sec.)
2 – Drive on Nauset South Beach (26 sec.)
3 – Cape Cod Bike trail (18 sec.)
The food on Cape Cod has been nothing short from amazing. The local oysters, clams, and scallops are to die for. Lucky for me, I stayed with my good friends who know how to make the best food. This dish has fresh oysters from the oven and is topped with Parmesan. I have to admit I could not tell how it was made, but I think it adds to the mystery of the dish.
As amazing as the food was, the drink really stole the show. It’s called a ‘Cape Codder’ and is made with Cranberry Juice, Ice, and Foggy Bog – a Massachusetts cranberries and apple brandy. I’d come back to the Cape just for that!
“It’s so hard to forget pain, but it’s even harder to remember sweetness. We have no scar to show for happiness.”
– Chuck Palahniuk (1962 – present), author of ‘Fight Club’. Despite the pessimistic tone of the quote I decided to put it in, because I believe there is a lot of wisdom in it. I picked this quote to illustrate what our brain tends to focus on, but also to remind myself that we can positively affect our mind to remember the good things in life. It’s good to reflect and grieve, but more important is to move on in life 😉
Favorite gadget / book / app / life hack
A couple of weeks ago I discovered the beauty of time lapse videos, as I have so eagerly shared on this blog. When taking short time lapse videos of under 10 minutes, the time lapse option on your phone usually does the job. However, if you are looking for a time lapse that takes a few hours you will most likely run out of storage on your phone pretty quickly.
The app I use for my time lapse videos is called ‘Lapse It’. What I like about this app, is that it’s easy to use, takes relatively high quality pictures, and allows you the flexibility to process the video at however many frames per second you want. This gives you the possibility to create pretty neat videos on your phone, saving you the pain of having to purchase a professional kit. At $3, I think this app is pretty good bang for buck.