The second half of our unofficial Friendsapalooza began when our good friends Richard and Dorianne arrived in Amsterdam the day before Wade’s departure. It was so wonderful to see their faces!
When 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.
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.
Last 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.
It’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.
We 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!
It’s been just over 10 days since we’ve arrived in Amsterdam and I’m already in love with this city.Continue Reading
I’ll be documenting our summer abroad in Amsterdam here on All The Single Socks, but did you know that you can also follow along on Snapchat? It took me a while to learn how to use it, but now that I’ve figured it out, I can’t stop! You’ll get a daily dose of what it’s like living in Amsterdam, tons of cat pictures, and funny selfies.
My username is nataliebgarza. Or if you’re reading this on your smartphone, just click here!
Our first few days in Amsterdam have been wonderful, but they’re already flying by! The jet lag is finally gone and I’m looking forward to enjoying the weekend. Here are a few things I read this week that you might enjoy.
Check out a recent copy of A-mag.
I love the look and feel of this quirky New Orleans apartment.
How to have a happy career.
A transgender 9-year-old tells her story.
This tiny kitchen looks amazing now!
The new summer sneaker trend is here.
Isn’t it freakin’ adorable? I’m so in love with this apartment. The decor is perfect, the bed is super cozy, and the location is amazing. We’re in De Pijp, which is a really cool neighborhood in south Amsterdam with bars, restaurants, and shops on every corner.
My favorite part about the apartment is that there’s so much natural light in every room. I don’t even need to turn on any lights until it gets dark, which isn’t until almost 10 p.m. No one has AC in the Netherlands, but the weather has been so nice that I can just open the windows if we need a cool breeze. We’ve also been enjoying sitting on the balcony every day. I don’t know why, but coffee and wine taste way better out there.
It’s too bad this is only a temporary apartment though. We just needed somewhere to stay while we looked for a place for the summer. This apartment is amazing, but too expensive for us to stay here that long. Wish us luck on the search!