Utrecht, Netherlands

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It was time for a new country, a new culture. She felt a bit intrigued as it was getting quite late, and she was on the outskirts of the city all alone.
While she approached the check-in office from across the vast bus station, she asked to herself once again – who will I meet this time?

He was sitting there all alone, his aura strong, reliable and kind. She saw a piece of paper fall to the concrete. She picked it up, and threw it into the garbage can. He noticed what she did, followed her example, and threw away the piece of paper that was laying next to his baggage on the floor.
This brought a smile to her face.
There was hope. 

They spent the next few hours talking about happiness, sources of inspiration, and the circle of life.
Though he was from the other side of the world, their mindsets were one.

Utrecht may be a small city, but it’s a city with people who know what they want. It’s a place where you need not to fear getting into a car accident, but rather watching your every step to avoid getting run over by a bike. Five a.m. calls for Turkish fast food, as every time of the day could easily call for an umbrella. Students everywhere, easy-going students. The cheese is more firm, as the nation itself. After all, they do say you get to know a country best through its cuisine! And finally, you get that honesty you deserved, straight to your face.
The Netherlands is a magical place indeed.

Marija

Stiglo je vrijeme za novu zemlju, novu kulturu. Osjecala se pomalo nelagodno kako je bilo vec dosta kasno, a nalazila se sama na rubnom dijelu grada. Prilazeci check-in salteru s druge strane praznoga kolodvora, zapitala se jos jednom – koga cu ovoga puta upoznati?

Sjedio je tamo potpuno sam, s jakom, pouzdanom, a mirnom aurom. Ugledala je papiric kako pada na pod. Pokupila ga je i bacila u smece. On je primjetio sto je ucinila i odlucio slijediti njen primjer, pa tako baci i komadic papira koji je lezao pored njegove prtljage. Osmjehnula se.
Jos postoji nade.

Proveli su sljedecih nekoliko sati puta raspravljaljuci o sreci, izvorima inspiracije i krugu zivota.
Premda je dolazio s druge strane svijeta, stanje svijesti im je bilo jedno.

Možda je Utrecht stvarno mali grad, ali je grad s ljudima koji znaju što žele. To je mjesto gdje se ne trebaš paziti auta kad prelaziš cestu, nego činjenice da te može na svakom koraku pregaziti bicikl. Pet ujutro ima okus turske hrane, a bilo koji trenutak dana može zahtijevati kišobran. Studenti posvuda, opušteni studenti. Sir je tvrđi, kao i nacija sama po sebi. Ipak se kaže da se zemlja najbolje kroz hranu upoznaje! A na kraju, dobijete i onu iskrenost koju ste tražili, ravno u lice.
Nizozemska je zaista čarobno mjesto.

Perceptive. Detailed. Impatient. Curious. Eager. Believer. Leo. marija@lestandart.com

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