amsterdam life lately

some snippets of amsterdam life lately :: all from my iphone!
it’s been a bit crazy the past few weeks settling in, getting to
know the neighborhood, registering our temporary residences
here, getting broken into, (eeek) meeting new friends, and
mostly soaking up this picturesque & charming city. i’m
about to share lots of fun discoveries here, but here are a
few little updates from the time since we moved in.
please pardon the many many pictures .. & especially all the tulips! :)

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european floors >> better than anything

amsterdam life lately27reasons to love amsterdam: fresh tulips on every corner, even in winter!
amsterdam life lately22yay for getting a few new items for our place! ^^
amsterdam life lately21^^ double yay for cheese fondue + flower markets
amsterdam life lately19the way the streets are all decorated kills me! amazing.
IMG_7111just finished this book ^^ loved the entire thing except the end.
amsterdam life lately1what are the chances of this:: i have a 5 year journal where
you answer a question each day and there are 5 years worth..
last month i was going through and saw this answer for which city
i’d like to live in if i could live anywhere … haha be careful what you
wish for, because 2 years later here we are in amsterdam! love it.
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^^ my kind of museum
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^ also my kind of museum ;)

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetwell, i love you back! ^^
amsterdam life lately20beauty everywhere you look ^^
amsterdam life lately34sometimes it’s the simplest things in life:
like rooibos tea + toast on a cold morning.
amsterdam life lately35this entire city has the best style ^^
amsterdam life lately24soon i’ll be needing to stock up on a set of dutch blue china.
i’m so obsessed! also obsessed with the way old shops here
have markets outside of them to signify what kind of shop they are.
IMG_7745and once again with the tulips ^^ they will never get old to me.
IMG_3874warm stroopwafels will also never get old to me ..
especially when they are heart-shaped + chocolate covered!
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chase’s new office! ^^ he loves being one of the few
americans among all of the dutch googlers :)
IMG_7685we’re officially amsterdam-ers for the next 6 months!
we got our visa and resident cards all set at the expat center.

IMG_7686they even gave us little gift bags full of all things dutch!
amsterdam life lately30they gave this darling little “my first month” book for moving to
amsterdam. we celebrated with some dutch apple pie!

IMG_7665i pinch myself looking out of our apartment windows every time.
IMG_3679i also pinch myself walking the canals right around our place!

IMG_5823my bestie sent me a pic of these candles she picked
up.. both of the places we’ve lived this year! ♥♥ 

amsterdam life lately15i need a yard so i can buy a million tulip bulbs!
IMG_5279my #1 fave simple healthy meal. SO happy to
have a kitchen and be able to make it again!

IMG_5742i’m full-blown back into cooking and spending more on
groceries here than we probably would eating out.. haha
but i’ve just missed it SO much being on the road since july!
with our furnished kitchen we have enough, but i’m keeping
things simple and finding some good new basic recipes.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetlots of museum-ing happening lately.
amsterdam life lately14already buying myself souvenirs even though we’re living
here for 6 months. i love and want everything dutch!
(and we are OBSESSED with dutch grilled cheese sandos)


i went shopping for shower supplies and LOVED that they
had chocolate, vanilla & caramel flavored shower gel. yum!

IMG_3795stroopwafels + hot cocoa on a snowy morning
IMG_3614the city still feels so cheery and festive, even in jan!
Collages1the market where i like to grocery shop is a 15 minute walk from
our place, so i bring this guy’s muscles to help me carry bags home.
amsterdam life lately17moving into his new desk! ^^
Collageswhen your husband goes on a business trips and leaves little notes ^^
amsterdam life lately48freezing runs/walks/bike rides ^^
amsterdam life lately45frites + tulips. 2 very dutch things!

lucky us that amsterdam has amazing italian food!
IMG_7668first time at the gym in months. i was laughing at how
i couldn’t read or understand any of the labels/ controls!

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one night we stumbled upon an american food market and had
an absolute heyday with the amazing things they had! haha
american cereal, pringles, bisquik, DP, pop-tarts, gushers…so
many things we’ve forgotten about in the past 7 months. i don’t
know if it made us miss the US, or realize how unhealthy it is! haha
amsterdam life lately44we were ready to buy ALL of the cereal until seeing
it was 10 euro per box..haha! our choices were
mac & cheese and reese’s puffs. embarrassing!
amsterdam life lately43i have been balancing out our meals with some simple
& healthy nights cooking at home. after eating at restaurants
the majority of the past year, there’s something so appealing about
simple grilled chicken/ salmon and veggies. our favorite dinners.
…and give me all of the roasted brussels sprouts!

amsterdam life lately49 sunday selfie on the way too church
(and being too lazy to put contacts in)
amsterdam life lately41there are so many darling shops lining every street here.
i feel like i can never explore them all while we live here!
this store full of ALL white everything dishes was a favorite.

amsterdam life lately40lots of staying inside watching the snow + dark sea salt
caramel truffles for me, please and thank you!
amsterdam life lately39 another recent obsession. caprese every night of the
week, and whole wheat spaghetti with extra extra parm

amsterdam life lately36found one of my new favorite little markets near us ^^
everything, from homemade pasta – to nuts – to cereal –
is in clear tubes lining the walls. it’s so appetizing!
amsterdam life lately33chase came home so tired from a business trip
to london for the day. he left at 6 AM and got home
at 7 PM! good thing i had some food waiting for him :)

amsterdam life lately32speaking of pasta … this wooden spoon sums up my feelings toward it.
amsterdam life lately29the city by early morning and by late night.
always sparkling and pretty.

amsterdam life lately28YAY for finding a fro-yo place here!
(with the freezing temps to go with it)
amsterdam life lately17 amsterdam life lately16 amsterdam life lately6my last flight had a special on amsterdam playing,
then i landed here and smiled so big that we live here! ^^

amsterdam life lately4bike shops + bread bakeries can be found on every corner of the city.
amsterdam life lately2dutch food gets a bad rap, but i’m loving it!

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i smiled at this window on a building where i had a meeting
last week. i love a good window of opportunity! ^^

amsterdam life lately3couldn’t quite get over this car, or its view!
amsterdam life latelychocolate soufflé in mini yellow le creuset dishes = my dream.

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what do i do if i want every single one of these bags? ^^^

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this city makes me so ready for SPRING!

IMG_7838^^ although the wintery sunsets aren’t so bad…
IMG_7870^^ been getting our workouts in with all the stairs in our apartment!
IMG_7886me every single time i cook here = i keep needing
to look up my recipes and change from F to celsius!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetholland = where it’s very normal to bike to work in freezing temps :)Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preseta few different times i’ve heard a horse clopping along our
street and peeked out the window to see this ^^ magic!

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and, more magic ^^

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what do you know? even more magic ^^

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cutie who i get to have dinner with every night ^^

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this sums it up pretty well … first real winter i’ve lived through in a few years!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset this picture has the worst lighting and it’s at hard rock cafe haha,
but we love our new friend alan. he has shown us so much here!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetwe’re planning a few weekend getaways to take advantage
of living so close to so many places this spring!
lydsgetting settled in = more time to facetime and catch up

with loved ones. we love lydia’s darling little smile!Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset i follow this “frenchwords” accounts on
instagram and thought this quote was perfect:

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i’d say this has been a pretty charming
new beginning here in amsterdam!

let's stay homeand last but not least .. one major aspect of life lately ^^
has been staying home, cozying up from the cold weather, &
relaxing after months and months on the road! nothing better.

congrats if you made it through the millions of photos!


'amsterdam life lately' has 13 comments

  1. January 21, 2016 @ 12:55 pm Courtney

    I totally agree that it’s so nice to have a healthy, home-cooked meal after traveling!! And those little notes that your husband left around the apartment are so cute!


  2. January 21, 2016 @ 1:17 pm Morgan A.

    Get the china!! Even if you have to send it home to your parents or whatever and wait ten years to use it! I would die for that stuff! Also, you just convinced me I need to cook more!!!! Although if I was in that US store I would absolutely buy the Reeses. That’s one of my guiltiest guilty pleasures. I don’t know if it was that store or another, but I popped in a store once and there was a big sign that said “American candy” and underneath it was shelves of Poptarts haha.


  3. January 21, 2016 @ 7:26 pm Maddie

    I would kill for a fresh stoopwafel but I’ll have to survive on the ones from Trader Joes until I can make it to Amsterdam again! Have to say I’ve loved reading your blog. I’m now living in San Francisco and most of my moms family lives in Holland so I love all things Dutch! Keep all the beautiful pictures coming!


  4. January 22, 2016 @ 12:59 am Amy

    I am loving all of these pictures. I feel like seeing them here and through snap chat seems almost like I can picture being there. Hopefully one day soon! :) so pretty. And there is new we enough tulip shots 🌷😉


  5. January 22, 2016 @ 12:59 am Amy

    *never enough :)


  6. January 23, 2016 @ 12:08 pm Mara

    We would’ve picked Reese’s puffs and Mac n cheese too haha. And those tulips are beautiful. All 100 pictures of them ;) haha. Loving the updates! Jealous!


  7. January 23, 2016 @ 12:12 pm Hillary

    Ok Amsterdam seems like such a dream! I’m a sucker for London, but now I’m thinking my next trip to Europe should be here. (PS So sorry about the break-in/robbery at your apartment!)


  8. January 23, 2016 @ 5:59 pm Rachel

    SO many beautiful tulips, I love it! I’d so be in trouble with those stroopwafels everywhere. Yum! So exciting that you guys are officially settled with your expat stuff for the next 6 months. And a trip to Prague?! I was just there last month, you’re going to love it!!


  9. January 24, 2016 @ 12:47 am Claudia dunselman

    Good luck on your next trip😅


  10. January 24, 2016 @ 11:26 am Kaitlin

    you guys are too cute! I love looking at all the little snippets and it reminds me to enjoy the small things, even when the city can be overwhelming :) my sister got me one of those cheese slicers but from copenhagen! you must try the pancake house in amsterdam!


  11. January 24, 2016 @ 1:04 pm Kelsi

    I agree on All the Light We Cannot See. I was absolutely loving the whole thing, until I got to the end and I was like, that’s it??!


  12. January 26, 2016 @ 2:43 pm Jasmin

    I could have kept scrolling for quite some time with all that beauty! :) Love seeing your new life in Amsterdam and all that it entails.


  13. March 22, 2016 @ 11:58 pm dinesh

    good post


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