Netherlands

Party Like a King: 5 Tips for Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

Party Like a King: 5 Tips for Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

It’s that time of the year again – the whole of Holland is turning orange. No, I’m not talking about the world-renowned Keukenhof gardens or the famous tulip fields – I’m talking about King’s Day. What is King’s Day? Well, as the name suggests, it’s […]

Monthly Roundup: February 2018

Monthly Roundup: February 2018

I’m typing this listening to Katy Perry’s Hot n Cold, which seems very appropriate: from record highs (in California) to snowstorms (in the UK), February was full of contrasts. I started the month soaking up the sun in San Francisco and ended it watching snow […]

Get your skates out: There is ice on the canals of Amsterdam!

Get your skates out: There is ice on the canals of Amsterdam!

Breaking news from the Netherlands: there is ice on the canals of Amsterdam! I repeat: there is ice on the canals of Amsterdam! This is huge: if the freezing temperatures continue – and if we’re very very lucky – the ice might get strong enough […]

Monthly Roundup: January 2018

Monthly Roundup: January 2018

I’m sitting on a park bench. It’s 4pm and sun has just set behind the hills of San Francisco, yet it’s still warm enough for me to chill outside wearing nothing but a short summer dress that I got this afternoon for 3 dollars (we […]

Meeting Her Majesty the Queen and Other Travel Highlights of 2017

Meeting Her Majesty the Queen and Other Travel Highlights of 2017

It has become a tradition of mine to dedicate a couple of days around the turn of the year for looking back on the travels of the previous 12 months. Many of us travel so often these days that it can almost start feeling mundane, so […]

Monthly roundup: December 2017

Monthly roundup: December 2017

December was a month of celebrations, beginning with Finland’s independence festivities and culminating in Christmas. It started in Helsinki with ten days filled with fieldwork and fun, continued in Amsterdam where I got to admire the picture-perfect city in its winter plumage, and concluded in […]

Amsterdam Light Festival 2017

Amsterdam Light Festival 2017

One of my most romantic memories from last year is sitting on an old wooden boat cuddled up to my boyfriend on a cold December night, wrapped up in a warm blanket and with a hot drink in hand, while we sail by the stately […]

Monthly roundup: October 2017

Monthly roundup: October 2017

Better late than never, right? I was planning to publish the collection of October highlights earlier in the month, but then Madrid happened and, well, here we are. However, today is actually a good day for finishing this post – it’s chilly and rainy but […]

Cycling in Amsterdam: the Basics

Cycling in Amsterdam: the Basics

If you’re planning a trip to the Amsterdam, chances are you’re going to want to hop on a bike. The Dutch capital famously has more cycles than residents, and over half of all journeys in the city centre are done on two wheels (source). In […]

Monthly roundup: September 2017

Monthly roundup: September 2017

Colourful leaves, chilly mornings, hot chocolate and chestnuts? Not quite. September was still a full-on summer month: I got to experience some of the hottest days of the year and wear the sundresses that had remained in the closet during the colder-than-expected Northern summer. It […]