Overdose of windmills- Zaanse Schans

Before leaving the Netherlands, there was another must see attraction I needed to check off my list. That was the cute little windmill village Zaanse Schans. If the weather would have been beautiful on the day we went there, we would have seen views like this : Unfortunately, on the day we made the trip it was pouring rain non-stop. I just wanted to show off some of my new photoshop skills and pretend it was sunny. I’m still going to be honest with you and keep the rest of the photos cloudy as it was. You can’t control the weather when you travel and you should not let the weather control your trip either. Sometimes cloudy and rainy pictures can turn out even nice and add a little mysterious tone on them. And you still leave with a new experience. Despite the weather, there were very many people at the site. The restaurant had a half an hour waiting list and when taking pictures, constantly people photobombed them. The village was so cute! I cannot understand how some people live there surrounded by windmills and loads of tourists passing by every day.  I would […]

Utrecht

I have visited Utrecht before, but never as a traveller only for business or school. I have seen the city only briefly, but never discovered it. My friends came to visit me in Amsterdam and this was a perfect chance to take a  one day trip to Utrecht. To get out of Utrecht central station is a challenge. You walk thousands of kilometres before you find your way out to the centre. After you pass through the train and tram platforms the rows of shops start and never end. I guess that’s why people suggest doing some shopping in Utrecht because you have never-ending choices of shops before you even get to the city. Then there are a lot more shops in the city centre. When you finally get out of the station, the city does remind you a lot of Amsterdam, but slightly smaller and slightly less crowded. You have a very similar view on the canals and houses, but it looks tidier. Dom Tower The first thing we did was visiting the Dom Tower. This is the highest church tower in the whole country, with the height of 112,5 meters. You have to climb […]

Thoughts on Amsterdam after 5 years.

Five years have passed by in Amsterdam and it is time to seek for another adventure. I have checked off graduating University on my life list, learned some languages, met so many interesting people and discovered myself. I cannot be more happy about my decision to study in Amsterdam. I feel like I have grown so much wiser, gained so much experience in all sorts of areas and am so much more open than I used to be. Even though I am happy i have lived here, I do think the city is not for me to settle down. I decided to write some thoughts on Amsterdam, some prettier and some not so pretty, before leaving. The good stuff.    It’s one hell of a culture pot. This is probably the one thing I like the most about Amsterdam. There are so many different people living here and I think it is wonderful. It really opens your mind to see how other people think and see the world. One thing is that there are so many nationalities, but also so many colourful people with crazy life stories or lifestyles that I could not even imagine […]

Amsterdam from the rooftops.

There are a few places in Amsterdam with a great view of the city. One of them is the Volkshotel, which is a new and very hip hotel. It has a rooftop restaurant also some hot tubs on the roof and sometimes they organise interesting events, rooftop cinema nights for instance. I have been wanting to visit the place for a while. I went there with my friend recently to enjoy the food and see the view. The food was good, but nothing too special but I really liked the place itself. Besides the view, the hotel seemed really cool, had a young atmosphere and it has a good location to the city. Very artistic and creative place. I did not take any pictures of the hotel itself, but I will share some of the cloudy Amsterdam.              

Amsterdam from the port.

“There is no illusion greater than fear.” It is the time of the year when I am getting younger again. I used to organise big parties before, but now I find it unnecessary, especially when my head is full of huge dreams and my priorities on what to spend money on have changed. My birthday started with visiting my boyfriend’s mother on the cruise ship she works on. I received a bunch of presents, eat a little too much and drank one cocktail too many. Luckily the weather was great so after the cruise ship visit, we headed out to the city to drink some beers under the sun and went for all you can eat sushi. I guess there is never too much sushi! Now that I am free to do whatever I want, I have started to think about my future and what should I do. My dreams scare me, but otherwise they would not be big enough. I wish to travel the world. Since I am not filthy rich I need to plan it good, but hopefully, my beautiful dreams will come true. While I am daydreaming about travelling, I will share […]

Every day is a good day to be alive, whether the sun’s shining or not.

 How come the sun does not shine in Amsterdam? Since I came back from Greece I have barely seen the sun. And what is most depressing is the fact that at the same time in Estonia, which is much closer to the north pole, the weather has turned tropical and people moved to the beach. And yes, we have beaches in Estonia – answer to some people’s question. While I sit here wind knocking on my door and rain tapping on my window I might as well post some photos of Amsterdam at times when it does not look so grey.

Taking crazy things seriously is a serious waste of time.

I have met so many tourists, who have completely fallen in love with Amsterdam. It is a great city, but there are quite a few downsides to it too. And not just the greyish, windy, rainy weather. You will meet a lot of crazy people and not always the good kind of crazy that they are interesting, or a pleasant kind that they mind their business on their own. Many people are either drunk or on drugs or just messed up and they need to bother everybody. I do not mind when people are dancing and singing on the street and enjoying life, they are wild and free and pose no threat. Despite the drugs and prostitution I generally still think that Amsterdam is safe, but it attracts quite a number of shady people. There are a lot of drug dealers of course and a lot of thieves like in any other big cities. Also, there are too many scammers. Like I have mentioned in my previous posts, it is very difficult to find a place in Amsterdam, thus, there is a big opportunity for scammers to earn great money for offering a non-existing apartment. […]

Amsterdam light festival

“There isn’t time, so brief is life, for bickerings, apologies, heartburnings, callings to account. There is only time for loving, and but an instant, so to speak, for that.” Time just keeps passing by. I have been so busy lately, yet I feel like in the end nothing much gets done. At least I have been able to pass my final thesis! Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!   After four and a half of years studying passing the thesis is the best feeling. Like a huge rock fell off my shoulders. Unfortunately, another rock fell right back on my shoulders and turns out I needed to find a new place to live. Finding a place in Amsterdam is like finding a needle in a haystack. Just four days before becoming homeless I found a place. My new dream place would be located in the city centre. It should not cost a million and not be shared with 15 other people and is clean. In terms of housing, dreams don’t come true unless you are a millionaire. When searching for a place I came across such insane offers. Finally, I found one that is still outside the city, still a […]

15 Insane facts about Amsterdam.

“There’s no excuse to be bored. Sad, yes. Angry, yes. Depressed, yes. Crazy, yes. But there’s no excuse for boredom, ever. “ I realised I have not written so much about Amsterdam as I used to. Maybe because by now I feel “extremely local” and nothing surprises me anymore. Sometimes I do think that nothing can surprise me anymore, because of some things I have seen here or some people I have met are really wild. I found a fun picture of insane facts about Amsterdam and wanted to share it with you. English is the city’s second official language. Indeed, everybody in Amsterdam can speak English and that’s why it is so easy for foreigners to come and live here. In a way, it is a curse, because often the foreigners don’t even bother to learn the local language since they don’t need it. I’ve met people, who have lived here for ten years or more and still don’t speak Dutch. The only thing not in English are the labels written on the products sold here, like in a grocery store for instance. They are in Dutch and French and I don’t know why […]