Life is Precious

Coming home on Monday night, we were shocked to find out a neighbor was missing. Apparently the Police had been around, asking questions about when she’d been seen last, the divers had searched the river, and they organized a terrestrial and a helicopter search, too. Like in the movies. My heart felt so heavy- here we were complaining about the wind in Amsterdam and a lady from around here says she hopes she’ll at least be found! And I can’t wrap my head around what this means.

I didn’t know her well, in fact I’d only met her once, but I was won over by the fact that she offered to sit Sammy sometimes, it’s not like I’d actually ask her to do it, but it’s nice of people to say something more than hello since it doesn’t happen very often in this country.

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Amsterdam

In December, back when I was planning this short getaway to Amsterdam, traveling mid-March seemed like a really good idea. I mean we were drinking fizzy drinks in the sun in Oslo this time last year, so who would have thought Europe would be swept by such a wave of cold temperatures? Not me. That being said, I’ve never been so freezing cold as I’ve been this past few days in my entire life, walking around purposeless, through the hoards of tourists, trying to keep my spirits up when all I wanted to do was stay inside our cosy airbnb and drink mulled wine.  Continue reading

Long absence

There’s something wrong with my WordPress (or my Mac) and I have 0 technical skills, so I’m trying from my phone. My long absence is due to a long sick period- the flue followed by throat infection and a general indisposition- as well as a “fuck the world” attitude on account of this 5 months’ winter! I’m not kidding you! 5 months and it’s not yet over! 😫🙈 Apparently this weekend is getting cold again, but I don’t care, since I’m escaping to Amsterdam and then Romania for the Protestant Easter. And maybe NY or Fuerteventura in May!

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Amsterdam

A blog I follow by a fellow countryman Amsterdamming always presents the canal city in a new posture. The more I get to see of it, the more enchanting I find it. It´s alive! We went there for a long weekend a couple of years ago and were lucky with the weather, too! We walked and walked, almost got run by a bicycle  several times, enjoyed a waffle, then a coffee, bought a souvenir, localized the Anne Franck museum, took a picture of a cat living on a boat, you name it. Vintage shopping was great and so was the Indonesian cuisine. We´ve been planning a spring break there, but it seems it´ll have to wait until next year. Enjoy some pictures so long.

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Industrial feel apartment

One thing you have to give the Dutch is the know-how. They´re just super cool and I mean it. I was surprised how much I liked Amsterdam. Not only did I like it, they way you do with some cities and then can´t wait to go home, I really enjoyed being there, too. We need to go back soon ´cause it had all the ingredients of a super cool town. Those being said,  If I ever had the possibility to convert an old factory into a family apartment, this is pretty much how I would do it. I hope you´ll find this Amsterdam apartment as charming as I do.

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