Small breaks at the canals of Amsterdam
The more independently you deal with something, the more dependent your progress is on personal motivation. Though this is personal interest at best, it could be anything. Once there is a goal in mind, the journey can then begin. As you fight through the jungle of expected and unexpected tasks with high motivation, the sense of space and time is quickly lost.
However, just because you do a lot doesn’t automatically mean that also you get a lot out of it. If you immerse yourself in something for too long, you can also lose yourself. Hence, reminding yourself that small breaks are sometimes more beneficial than trying to get to your destination at supersonic speed can be your savior.
The canals of Amsterdam
I took this photo in October 2022. You can see two men cruising on their ship on a central canal in the city center of the Dutch capital Amsterdam. The canals of Amsterdam are one of its main attractions. Altogether, Amsterdam hosts around 100 km of canals (called “gracht” in Dutch), about 90 islands, and 1500 bridges. Because of the many different waterways you can find in the city, one also calls it “the Venice of the north.” The three main canals are Herengracht, Prinsengracht, and Keizersgracht, dating back to the 17th century (the Dutch Golden Age). Today, there are many different options for enjoying the canals. You can join an organized cruise, rent a boat or buy your own, and of course, you can also take short breaks and simply enjoy the beauty of the scenery while sitting next to the canals.