Dutch Life: Summer Update

IMG_8070I can’t believe it’s been over two months since we moved to the Netherlands. We traveled to so many amazing places when we first arrived, but have slowed down considerably. Since we’re most likely going to live here a little longer than originally expected, we don’t have to squeeze in all the trips we wanted to take anymore. Because we’ve been around the last few weekends, we’ve had the chance to really get to know Amsterdam and sometimes it almost feels like home. I don’t think it can truly feel like home without our furry loved ones, Charles and Angus, though. I miss them so much!

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Friendsapalooza, Part 1

IMG_7640_2When Matt and I moved to Amsterdam, we were under the impression that we’d only be living here until September 1st. Nothing is official yet, but the word on the street is that we’ll actually be here until the end of November! It’s super exciting, but I do wish we’d known earlier because then we wouldn’t have been trying to squeeze in so much at once. That’s exactly what happened in these last two weeks. We had five of our closest friends in and out of our apartment, their visits all overlapping with one another, from Tuesday, June 21st until this past Tuesday, July 5th. It was truly a Friendsapalooza.

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Adventures in Barcelona

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My husband is my favorite travel partner. He lets me handle all the logistics when we travel: choosing what we’re going to do, figuring how how we’re getting there, and determining how long it will take, etc. Basically, it just means I do all the work, but I love it. If I’d been born a few decades earlier, I totally would have been a travel agent.

When we decided to visit Barcelona a few weeks ago, Matt said he wanted to be more involved in the planning this time. Although it was hard for me to let go of the responsibility, we decided he would be in charge of finding us a place to stay in Barcelona. He searched online, found a decent-looking hostel with a private room and bathroom near Las Ramblas, and booked it. At least we thought he did.

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Paris – The City of Light

IMG_7303Last week, I took a train to meet up with my best friend, Jackie, and her family in Paris for a few days.I rode the Thalys, which is a high speed train that travels up to 300 km/h, or 186 mph. The train stopped a few times to pick up more passengers as we made our way through the Netherlands and Belgium, but I arrived in Paris late Monday afternoon in just over three hours.

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A Day Trip to Zandvoort Beach

IMG_7232It’s been a little busy around here! Last weekend, Matt and I went to Zandvoort, which is the closest beach to Amsterdam. It hadn’t occurred to me that going to the beach in the Netherlands would even be an option, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out how close it is.

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Weekly Reading

IMG_6969We’re officially in our new apartment and I couldn’t be happier. It was so nice to finally unpack all our stuff and get settled. We’re staying in Amsterdam this weekend, so I’m looking forward to exploring the city with Matt. Then, I’m heading to Paris on Monday! So excited!

The perfect example of fashion for a cause.

I might try this salad recipe next week.

We hope all our friends and family back in Texas are staying dry!

Loving these unexpected color combinations.

Now that we have bikes, I like knowing this is an option in Amsterdam.

Minimalism is all the rage, but I’m really drawn to these examples of maximalism.

It took me a while to finish Fates and Furies and although I found the story intriguing, I didn’t love it.

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London Calling

IMG_7088We had an absolutely amazing weekend in London. Even though we were only in the city from Friday evening until Sunday night, it was totally worth the trip. Plus, it’s only a one-hour flight away!

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Weekly Reading

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Here’s what I read this week! Hope you enjoy over some well-deserved breakfast in bed.

A feast for 5000 people made from food that was going to be thrown away.

Is Britney ready? I saw her Las Vegas show in April and thought it was awesome.

I need a black off-the-shoulder top to recreate this outfit.

Barack and Michelle Obama talking about each other in 1996.

A very funny and informative Q&A about waxing.

On the subject of hair, this baby has a lot of it.

What type of person are you at the airport?

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