Netherlands

I know what you did last summer: June, July & August 2018

I know what you did last summer: June, July & August 2018

I’ve been bad with monthly updates recently – in fact, I haven’t published one since February.  Autumn is the time to get back on course, so that’s what I’m going to do. To start off, here’s three months of summer in one mammoth of a […]

Keeping Fit in Amsterdam: Pilates with Puppies

Keeping Fit in Amsterdam: Pilates with Puppies

Keeping fit can be fun. It sure was fun yesterday, when I celebrated the World Animal Day by doing pilates with puppies. Yes, you read that right: I attended a pilates class with dogs, sharing the yoga mat with a handful of furry friends. The event […]

KEEPING FIT IN AMSTERDAM: HOT FLOW YOGA JORDAAN

KEEPING FIT IN AMSTERDAM: HOT FLOW YOGA JORDAAN

Today I want to introduce you to my favourite yoga studio. I’ve become quite an expert on them since moving to Amsterdam. In the last year and a half, I’ve sampled dozens of studios and more types of yoga than I even knew existed. Yet one of […]

Keeping Fit in Amsterdam: Barre + Beats at Studio 191 West

Keeping Fit in Amsterdam: Barre + Beats at Studio 191 West

Ballet is one of the hardest sports out there, I remember mum telling little Liza during an interval in the foyer of the Finnish National Opera. She had worked with ballet dancers and seen first hand how much work went into the seemingly effortless performances like […]

The Garden of Europe: Postcards from the Gorgeous Keukenhof

The Garden of Europe: Postcards from the Gorgeous Keukenhof

I love flowers. So much so, in fact, that if I were to make a list of the five top sights in the Netherlands, at least two would involve flowers: the tulip fields (read more about them here) and the Keukenhof gardens. In case you’re […]

In Search of Tulips: Cycling the Dutch Flower Fields

In Search of Tulips: Cycling the Dutch Flower Fields

Holland is perhaps best known for its flowers, and exploring the famous flower fields on a bicycle is one of the best things to do in the Netherlands, if you ask me. It’s a breathtaking experience, standing in the middle of a field of tulips, […]

Boat Parties and Orange Balloons, or Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

Boat Parties and Orange Balloons, or Celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam

Now I know it for sure: celebrating King’s Day in Amsterdam is best done aboard a boat. [What is King’s Day, I hear you ask? Well, as the name suggests, it’s a day dedicated to the Dutch ruler, currently King Willem-Alexander (until a few years […]

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 […]