Europe 2013: Amsterdam(n)

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Two months ago, I spent 10 days traversing Europe with one of my best friends, Diana Colangelo. We left Minneapolis with a vague itinerary, a vow to forget the workload left behind, and the enthusiasm needed to explore three very different cities almost entirely by foot. Dee and I shared a lot the ten days that followed: a bed, bathroom, clothing, theories around love and romance, heartbreak and failures, the regrets that linger in our pasts and hopes for the future. It was a trip that proved to be good for the heart.

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Our first stop was Amsterdam! We booked a small studio through Airbnb, which was a great resource for Amsterdam in particular. We stayed in the very trendy neighborhood of Jordaan, placing us walking distance from the center of the city, yet far enough removed from tourists in pot leaf t-shirts.

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First and foremost, we avoided being struck by a cyclist, and neither of us fell down the steep, narrow staircase to our flat. This in itself was a miracle. We spent most of our days wandering around the center of the city with chocolate waffles and cheese-covered fries in hand. We shared beers with locals in the financial district, where I discovered Heineken is pretty tasty when you’re actually IN Amsterdam. Other highlights included brisk walks along the canal…

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A memorable lunch at Singel 404

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Shopping at Tenue de Nimes

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6 hours of non-stop dancing at Studio 80 and long chats in coffee shops over Coca-Cola.

We learned a valuable travel lesson by assuming we could print train tickets at Amsterdam Central. By the grace of some higher power, we found internet and a free printer (that worked!), and were on our way to PARIS.

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Our time in Amsterdam was short, but we both fell in love with the city right away. I can’t wait to return with the time to explore the museums, restaurants, and neighborhoods we missed. And maybe next time I’ll be brave enough to get on a bike!

I couldn’t have anticipated the beauty that was ahead in Paris… coming up next!

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  1. Marloes

    August 10th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed my most favourite city and soon to be home town. ^^

  2. Mailinh

    August 10th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    Kate — I just want to say that I recently discovered your blog and am in awe of your content. 🙂 Also, how fun! I’ve always wanted to to travel to Europe.

  3. Janelle Andrea

    August 10th, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    Ah, I’ve been wanting to travel to Amsterdam for ages! I’ve heard such wonderful things about the sights and culture – and it looks like an amazing time. Looking forward to your Paris post!

  4. Kristina

    August 12th, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Too much gorgeousness. I remember I was glued to your instagram. So stunning!

  5. Kate

    August 12th, 2013 at 1:03 pm

    Aw, thanks so much, Kristina!

  6. Sally

    August 12th, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Gorgeous photos, the light in them is beautiful! I haven’t been to Amsterdam for years, must go back soon!

  7. Desi

    August 12th, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I loved watching your instagram feed while this trip unfolded.

  8. Quyen

    August 14th, 2013 at 11:52 am

    It looks like you had a lot of fun. I absolutely loved my time in Amsterdam. The bikes, the flowers, the pickled herring. It was fantastic!

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  11. Hilary

    August 26th, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Such beautiful photos! I’ve been in Prague and London this summer, and off to Switzerland in a few weeks. Your photos are making me so excited to get back to Europe one more time.


    PS – what style sneaks are those blue adidas? I love ’em!

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  13. Alex Cardo

    April 14th, 2014 at 4:09 am

    It’s absolutely true, that you’ve noticed about a taste of the Beer in the place, where it was made! I’ve tasted “Franciscaner” in Germany, “Baltica” in St. Petersburg, “Mariestads” in Sweden, “Chernigovskoe” in Ukraine…The taste was always better…Unfortunately I’ve not been in Holland, but the first thing I’ll make on arrival – I’ll taste the “Heineken” beer!

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