march so far


spring is on the way!! amsterdam has had a few little dips back to
cold weather, but the past few weeks it has come alive with sunshine,
café terraces opening along the canals, and tulips… all of the tulips. i’m
afraid the rest of march is going to fly by, so documenting a few snippets
here while it’s still hanging around! so far this month we’ve been reacquainted
with sunshine, done some spring cleaning of our apartment, (getting ready to leave
it!!) each had some solo travels, wrapped up work, and enjoyed this time before it
becomes absolutely crazy leading up to our move home in may. hold on to your hats!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetafter walking by this store 100 times down the street from us and eyeing
the perfect blue raincoat, one day last week i decided it was time. it was
a rare splurge for me but it will forever be my amsterdam jacket!
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetamsterdam wins at the flower / plant game. every table,
every doorstop, every sidewalk is lined with blooms.
march so far3i know, i knowww…avocado toast is so cliché. but it is for a reason,
especially when you find the best version ever on amazing dutch
bread at our favorite spot: nacional. they had acai bowls too! we
felt like we were basically right back in california at that breakfast.
march so far8still at it with the pink tulips … i think we will be forever :)
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scenes from the neighborhood ^^Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetwhat’s that? ^^ sunshine + blue skies?
(not pictured: me taking my coat off for the first time in months :)

march so far12we’re trying to host a few more dinner parties while we are here with cute
friends we love..
and while we still have a dining room table this size! :)
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetchase’s very casual photo that he sent from his business trip in belgium ^^
first, how is this place real, and how have we never heard of it? second, i don’t
understand who has a business trip somewhere like this?? he will miss this project!
march so far14also, this is the picture he sent me from his trip last week.
the thought of him walking through the airport and shopping for
baby girl clothes on his business trip kills me a little bit with cuteness.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preseti couldn’t complain too much, because my “business trip” that same week was to the
faroe islands for a writing assignment. i fell a little bit in love & you can read about it here.
march so far15on our weekends home, i have been making chase attend pretty much every
museum with me.
we have a museum card into basically all of the museums
here in holland, so we’re trying to use it up and see them before
we leave!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetpictured above is rembrandt’s famous the night watch inside of the rijksmuseum. ^^
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset march so far17march so far16the small bible museum is pretty fascinating to walk through the history
of different versions & translations. they have a lot of original copies ^^
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another museum highlight this month was the church at museum our lord in the attic 
it’s an old canal house with a secret church hidden in the attic from the time of the
reformation when catholic churches weren’t allowed. these people would worship
in this gorgeous chapel so as not to get caught. it is a powerful place to visit!
march so far20the views from the attic church weren’t too bad either ^^
it’s rare to get a good view over amsterdam because there
aren’t many tall buildings, so a good view is always fun to find.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetweekend pancakes, please! ^^ we found some rare american style ones.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetalso, how pretty is this pumpkin soup at cafe de bieb?
IMG_8976i saw this picture online and i need every single thing in this exact color, now!
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset^^ proof that spring is on the way, with easter around the corner!
march so farmore signs of spring ^^
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetfor a little date night we branched out and tried lebanese food (AMAZING)
and went to the fanciest movie theatre with our friends. zootopia is so good – haha!
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Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetthat seriously is the movie theatre ^^
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetchase showed me this cool spot where the canal houses go all the way
down to the water, without a platform in between. i don’t understand! ^^
march so far1 more museuming ^^ we usually make it an after-church activity,
so chase is always dressed up & looking dapper in them.
march so far33sidewalk plants matching our dinner ^^ hehe!
march so far36the yummiest + freshest italian at spaghetteria pastabar in amst. 
march so far37after living among these fjällräven kånken scandinavian backpacks here in
northern europe (literally EVERY person has one here, i swear)…we have
to pick a mini one out for our little one on the way. help me with the color!!

march so far4 march so far5 favorite discovery of the month = BEST dutch apple pie at cafe papeneilad 
truly life-changing, and i’m not even a huge apple pie fan. this one is special!
march so far6 found this boy his favorite thing ^^ horchata + mexican food at rose’s.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preseti wandered into the most perfect vintage dish shop and wanted it all ^^
march so far19whoops ^^
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetchase lived in amsterdam by himself for a month last fall when i was
already in south africa, and rented from the sweetest lady and her son.
i finally got to meet them this month, and maya cooked us a georgian
feast since she’s originally from there! between this meal, lebanese, and
indonesian, amsterdam has definitely helped us branch our palates out.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetmarch so far9 three cheers for alan, one of our great friends in amsterdam who
introduced us to the best restaurant in the city! really though,
bakers & roasters >>> we are going as much as we can before leaving.
march so far10 march so far32 i had a much-needed facial at the nicest place: BLUSH beauty.
i’ve become so bad at taking care of my skin with all of the travel and 
cold weather these past few months, so i hope this is my reset button!
march so far39^^ london layovers always = PRETProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 presetmost recently, i’ve been in RUSSIA  (flying home today) and
cannot wait to share this crazy adventure later in the week.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preseti’m sure march will keep marching on by, but we’re going to savor every second!

xo


'march so far' has 17 comments

  1. March 14, 2016 @ 7:07 am Lauren

    What an exciting/ fun month so far – love all the pictures!! The food looks amazing! I am loving that blue jacket – it’s gorgeous on!!

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    • emi

      March 14, 2016 @ 7:18 am emi

      thank you!! i’m glad you agree on the jacket :) it was a must!

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  2. March 14, 2016 @ 7:32 am Lexi

    Love your blog! We are currently in Amsterdam and have used it a lot to help us navigate. We’ve been dying to find a map of Amsterdam like the one pictured at the top of this post! Mind sharing where you saw it?

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    • emi

      March 15, 2016 @ 2:47 am emi

      Thank you! So fun you are here ..ahh I saw this one last summer at a little shop right by Bloemenmarkt, I hope that helps! xo

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  3. March 14, 2016 @ 8:17 am Lillian @ The Smalls Abroad

    Wow! You’ve done quite a bit and it’s only half way through the month. I love the old school Amsterdam map. Lovely souvenir.

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  4. March 14, 2016 @ 9:36 am Courtney

    I’m so jealous of those tulips! And that little baby outfit is so cute!

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  5. March 14, 2016 @ 1:23 pm Kaelene @ Unlocking Kiki

    What a March you have had! I wish I had more than a few hours in Amsterdam this weekend to meet up, fingers crossed for a sunny day! Hope to see you in Iceland!

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    • emi

      March 15, 2016 @ 2:49 am emi

      We have Chase’s family in town so I hope we all have good weather! :) Let me know on Iceland, we’d love to see you and we’re there 21-24 of April ! xo

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  6. March 14, 2016 @ 3:08 pm Kari

    I can’t wait to hear all about Russia! It looks like such an incredible place to visit, but I don’t know when I’d ever make it there.
    Kari
    http://www.sweetteasweetie.com

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  7. March 14, 2016 @ 6:45 pm Hannah

    that picture of you in Russia is AMAZING!! I vote pink or orange for the backpack, but if there is turquoise…:). Clearly invested in the decision haha too cute!

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    • emi

      March 15, 2016 @ 2:49 am emi

      hahah those are my favorites too! there is a turquoise so i may have to order that one :) xox

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  8. March 14, 2016 @ 7:07 pm Rachel

    What a great month you’ve had so far! And a trip to Russia?! I can’t wait to hear all about that!

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  9. March 14, 2016 @ 8:35 pm Hillary

    Have I missed where you guys decided to move back to in the states? I bet the rest of the time will fly by!

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    • emi

      March 15, 2016 @ 2:50 am emi

      i guess i haven’t officially posted it but i will soon with details! YES back to the states in may!!

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  10. March 15, 2016 @ 1:27 am Courtney {Alkeks Abroad}

    I love every single thing in this post. The jacket is perfection, the baby outfit is adorable, and Amsterdam is just so dang photogenic.

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  11. March 15, 2016 @ 7:35 am Brittany

    That jacket is TOO CUTE to pass up. Glad you splurged. ;) Can’t wait to read about Russia. I’ve always been fascinated by their culture! Still getting so very excited for Amsterdam! I’m loving all these museum and restaurant suggestions.

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  12. March 18, 2016 @ 9:15 pm Heather

    I love your life and the enthusiasm and gratitude that you have for it! I can’t wait to hear more about your future plans and to follow your pregnancy! Your an amazing person :)

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