Hello from Amsterdam! A couple of weeks ago my friend Alisha invited me on a very impromptu trip away to one of my favourite cities in the world – of course I wasn’t going to turn her down. I love Amsterdam, and had been meaning to get back. My last trip there was in January of last year, so it was exciting to see the city at the peak of summer, even if it meant having to dodge a few more stag parties.
We spent all of our time walking. With the city being so flat, it’s the ideal place to explore on foot (or on two wheels, of course), and it’s surprising how many steps you can rack up just meandering from shop to shop, stopping at cafes and restaurants along the way.
The whole city seemed to be enjoying the sunshine. I’ve never seen so many boats out on the canals – it seemed as if whole families had climbed aboard with picnic baskets and dogs in hand, it looked like the perfect way of spending an afternoon.
I’m not sure if it’s my rose tinted glasses, but life in Amsterdam seems very appealing indeed. The slightly slower pace of things (shops will close at regular times, so you’ll need to find other plans post 6pm!), the absolutely charming views and youthful, creative vibe that it has are all on my “reasons to move to Amsterdam” list.
We passed by couples sat on their stoops overlooking the water, playing cards together with wine and snacks. Other families had brought entire tables out to the front of their building, complete with tablecloths and dainty crockery, ready for the fish they were grilling. The smell filled the air. I’m not sure you’d find that in London, unless I’m looking in the wrong places.
More from Amsterdam in my next post!