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?

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