– Light or radiance remaining in the sky after the sun has set. (Oxford dictionaries)
– Sense of fulfillment, completeness, and general wellbeing that one feels after the effects of a psychoactive drug have faded. (Urban dictionary)
– The mildly euphoric feeling experienced after a pleasurable experience. (Wiktionary)
Amsterdam is a city of many facets. It literally offers all the kinds of afterglow mentioned above.
Whatever one’s pleasure, the canals offer something for everyone. Just catching sight of the dusk reflecting on them is enough to give me a high.
Well you’ve cracked the sky, scrapers fill the air.
Will you keep on building higher
’til there’s no more room up there?
Will you make us laugh, will you make us cry?
Will you tell us when to live, will you tell us when to die?
I know we’ve come a long way,
We’re changing day to day,
But tell me, where do the children play?
– Cat Stevens, “Where Do the Children Play?”
Lake Kawaguchiko, near Tokyo, Japan.
“The Creation of Adam” at Sydney Harbour.
The original work by Michelangelo has of course been hailed as a masterpiece, painted by the artist on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome. Much has been written about the genius of the composition and the originality of its vision.
It’s one of the most replicated works of art in the world, inspiring many artists — including this would-be Michelangelo — to create more than “pedestrian” art.
The best way from Vienna to Salzburg is by train; it’s convenient and you see a bit of the Austrian countryside.
Though photography through the window of a moving train can be a challenge, I managed to snap a few.
As the trip progressed and the city faded in the distance, I was reminded of the song “Vienna” by Billy Joel.
“Slow down, you crazy child
Take the phone off the hook and disappear for a while
It’s all right, you can afford to lose a day or two
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you.”
And the alps.
Billy Joel continues.
“And you know that when the truth is told
That you can get what you want or you can just get old
You’re gonna kick off before you even get half through
Why don’t you realize, Vienna waits for you
When will you realize, Vienna waits for you?”