This bucket list trip begins with eight hours in Amsterdam. It’s sunny and cool in the shade — perfect for people-watching with a spot of canal-side coffee. I’m often here for work, and it feels like one of several homes away from home… familiar, comfortable.
Considering the trek ahead, it’s serendipitous to overhear “Dalai Lama” whispered across the gathering crowd. Although I can’t understand what’s said in Dutch, anticipation is evident and I decide to hang around. Soon enough, His Holiness emerges from De Nieuwe Kerk and I’m just feet from his cherubic smile. Another life coincident that leads me to think I’m heading in the right direction. Next up: Istanbul!