Thursday, May 31, 2012

Odds + Ends {Summer's Almost Here!}

Now that the sun is shining bright, life suddenly seems busier.
Maybe that just comes along with getting settled back here in Amsterdam?
Either way, there's suddenly so much more to do with extra hours of light and warmth.
Here's a conglomerate of things I'm happily anticipating this summer...
Our excessive boat rides will get their own post soon enough!

Sipping drinks on a sunny terrace with friends...
New favorite: Hanneke's Boom.
Old favorite: Brouwerij 't Ij

Cycling to outdoor movies...
I won (7!) free tickets for a secret premier of Moonrise Kingdom, the new Wes Anderson film.
 We cycled deep into the Amsterdamse Bos
and watched this fantastic tale unfold under the stars.
There were free whiskey-gingers too. Yup, just as magical as it sounds.
We plan to see more outdoor movies although, that evening is sure hard to beat!

Picnics + Cooking Outdoors
In solitude or with friends, enjoying a great meal outdoors is simply so pleasant.
The Dutch love these perfect-for-a-picnic-mini-one-time-use-grills,
I'm dying to try cooking up some veggie kebabs with one!

Stumbling upon funny + wacky moments...
Is it just me, or do you also begin to notice even more odd, random stuff happening in the summertime? Perhaps because everyone is excited to shake off the spring hibernation and head outside. Lately, I've spotted some funny scenes, include kids paddling a motor-less boat with brooms (and other odd utensils) Ha! And a Vondelpark crowd watching the Ice Man take four-minute dunk in a bathtub of ice. Weird!

After reading this post it's more than obvious that I prefer to read, eat, snooze
and generally do everything outside in the sun.
What can I say? Growing up in has Florida spoiled me!
No wonder people get sunshine crazy over here,
after a few days of gorgeous sun this morning it's back to overcast, grey skies.
On a beautiful morning even the bike lane traffic is heavier!

Tell me, what are you looking forward to this summer?


  1. Lazy cycles in the countryside, time in cafe's with close friends, the slowdown at work as colleagues vanish for a month at a time, Andre Rieu returning to the Vrijthof (its a Maastricht thing), sailing from Stockholm in August in the evening, afternoon thundershowers, reading a book on a riverbank,laughter coming through the windows on the weekends...

    1. Those all sound delightful! Now, if only we can get the weather to cooperate...