Thursday, July 29, 2010

Beatrix Park

Dutch of the Day: Woods- Houtsoorten

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Views from Lisbon's Miradouros

Lisbon is fantastic. I leave the flat terrain and clouds in Amsterdam and traded up for hilly, coastal views in Lisbon. I'm not gonna lie, it's exhausting, climbing up and down with steep steps in Portugal's capital city. But, aside from raising your heart rate, these hills allow spectacular views of the city. A variety of miradouros (viewpoints) around Lisbon are perfect spots to take a break, knock back an espresso for a quite caffeine boost or sip on sangria during sun set. These view points are also a great spot to people watch, since many locals gather here with friends. Or, spend an evening dancing in the moonlight with friends and wine while you pull an all nighter before your 7am flight back to Amsterdam.

After a little walk around town, I stopped at the Miradouro Santa Caterina for some sangria.

Then, met up with a Rotterdam friend from CouchSurfing...
we spoke Dutch while the sangria continued to flow...

The little park at the Santa Caterina view point

View across the city of Castelo Sao Jorge from São Pedro de Alcântara

Above Lisbon at the Miradouro de Senhora do Monte

Free Film Festivals in Amsterdam... All Summer Long!

If you're in Amsterdam looking for something fun (and free) this summer, check out a variety of film festivals happening around the city. Let's just hope it doesn't rain too much! You can get all the information here from the article I just wrote for

What are you favorite free summer activities?

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Via Mijn Fiets: Countryside

Dutch of the Day: Countryside- Platteland

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Via Mijn Fiets: Oranje blues

I ran into this somber couple at an intersection heading home from the Netherlands loss to Spain for the World Cup....

Dutch of the day: Sad = Triest

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Post-It Love Made Me Smile

I caught this little gem from another blog, whose title escapes me now. Just watch the short film, it's sure to brighten your day! Especially those of you who might still be suffering from oranje blues.

On another post-it note I should write, "Lily, get to work on your Lisbon adventures stories!" because all this World Cup chaos has been such a distraction. Thanks for waiting, I promise not to hold out on Lisbon stories and photos much longer.

Monday, July 12, 2010

I Was There!!!

Wow. Wow. Wow. Last night was incredible! The Netherlands may of lost, but they played so well during the entire World Cup by never losing a game. That is, except the most important one...but 2nd place is still a great accomplishment and something to be very proud of. Lots of people today were sick with the oranje blues but come on, we made it to the finals!!!

The place to be for the game was Museumplein...craziness stole the scene.

I was squished in with the other 180,000 people at Museumplein here in Amsterdam. Sweaty, beer imbibing wackos running around in orange, what a sight! (And yes, I was one of them). The bike ride home was somber and I'm not sure if I've ever heard Amsterdam that quiet before. Just a few blocks away from Museumplein I stumbled upon a bazaar and entertaining sight- a drumming group blazing beats that really helped elevate such sad spirits. Because there's always a party in Amsterdam!

I've got great video footage coming soon but for now, check out the article I just wrote about the entire experience here:
A wave of emotions in a sea of orange during the 2010 World Cup finals in Amsterdam

The team is home now, they were escorted by fighter jets (painted orange, of course) back from South Africa. Tomorrow fans will take to the streets once again to cheer on the team for their great success. Although I'm sure there will be a few frowns in the crowd, I'm just happy they made it so far and glad to have been in Amsterdam to experience such a fun, wild event! Actually, I'm a bit bummed out now that World Cup is over. Yes, I'm shocked by that comment too...but really, without games to watch dressing up in orange and drinking all day doesn't seem as fun.

As promised some shots from the insanity that occurred last night...This was definitely one of the most exciting, "I WAS THERE!" moments of my life. And to think, I hardly paid attention to football when living in The States. Shameful, I know...but from this summer forward I'll always cheer for Oranje in my heart! Hup Holland Hup!

People began taking over Museumplein early in the afternoon.

Some outfits are more courageous than others.

We relaxed for a bit as thousands and thousands orange clad fans poured in.

This is only a portion of the 180,000 people...

Vuvuzelas have a new purpose post World Cup!

Look close! 95,000 orange flowers were dropped on the crowd.

I'm not gonna lie, it was pretty hard to get a good view!

A tense crowd starts exploding things to pass the time...Score is still 0-0

Jammer! Spain scores, hearts break, the crowd disperses in sadness.

And of course, a loss means more things get exploded into the air.

Bummed out fans bicycled home in a completely silent city.

Good thing the garbage collectors didn't go on strike again!

More sad, somber people.

A very dedicated fan will need a few runs through the car wash for that!

They do exist! A non-orange couple strolls home completely confused by the scene

Goed zo Oranje!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

It's the Final Countdown!

Today is the day! Amsterdam is a buzz with excitement! It's not even noon yet and everyone is blowing vuvuzelas and honking their car horns. I'm about to trek outside soon and cover myself orange and look surprisingly normal. The celebrations last all day- and then again on Tuesday when the team comes home!

Here's some photos from the a variety of games that I've been watching all around Amsterdam. We started to watch the Netherlands vs Uruguay game at Museumplein but it was just too insane so we headed back to a friend's house to watch Holland win!

The wild scene at Museumplein.

And this is what happens after thousands of people cram together to watch football.

Please note that vuvuzelas are way harder to work than I thought!




Thursday, July 8, 2010

Via Mijn Fiets: Electricity

Dutch of the day: Electricity- Elektriciteit

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sunny Days in Vondelpark

I recorded this over the weekend- the weather was absolutely perfect! 
We spent the 4th of July in the sun on a picnic blanket. 
There were a few sparklers involved, too. 
I just can't convey with words how many bikes there are here so I thought a videos would be sufficient! 


Friday, July 2, 2010

Hup holland hup!

Amsterdam is a sweaty sea of orange and beer! Oraaaaaaanje!!!! What an exciting time to live in Amsterdam!
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From Portugal with Love

I didn't exactly get around to typing up my adventure stories today because instead, I spent most of my time after work making this little gem. I don't like getting too personal on here, but I was a bit bummed that my mom couldn't make it to meet me in Lisbon. We had been looking forward to this trip together for weeks! 

Naturally, I wanted to capture every moment of the trip but especially to show her the scenes she had been anticipating for so long. So, I suppose this is some kind of digital postcard for anyone who wants to travel around Lisbon but can't make it over there just yet. 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Via Mijn Fiets: Bike Love

Dutch of the day: Sweetheart- Schatje

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