Bevrijdingsdag

“I am free!” You say.
But how sweet is your freedom if others are not free? 
With liberty, 
with freedom, comes responsibility. 
And one of those responsibilities is to not condone the lack of freedom of another.
Speak up against injustice.
Start with what you have. Your so called freedom, your voice.
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Liberation Day Netherlands or Bevrijdingsdag (as we call it) is celebrated each year on May the 5th to mark the end of the occupation by Nazi Germany during World War II. In 1990 the day was declared a national holiday when liberation would be remembered and celebrated every year. Souce: wikepedia

The art work above were displayed at the Bevrijdingsfestival (freedom festival in Westerpark Amsterdam). They remind us to never take whatever freedom we have for granted. With freedom comes responsibly. We fight to hold on to it, battling everything we perceive as a threat to our ‘freedom’. Sometimes, standing still for just a moment to enjoy it. But while we bask in our so called freedom, we mustn’t forget that  there are others that aren’t free.

 

 

 

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Former Main Post Office built in 1895 that currently functions as a shopping mall. Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 182, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 

 

Also know as the town square. To the left is the Royal Palace which was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. (Source: wikipedia)

 

“Men, under the guidance of reason, desire nothing for themselves which they do not also desire for the rest of mankind” ~ Spinoza

StreetArt in Amsterdam

”One day I decided to let go of other people’s opinion about me.”
”How did you do that?”
”I am not sure, I just did..”
 

 

(This photo is a part of the ”Humans of Amsterdam” Exhibition in the Public Library of Amsterdam, Central Station. See more @ Humans of Amsterdam)

pool party for one…

what we did this summer