As you probably know if you’ve interacted with me in any capacity in the past few months, I am studying abroad in the UK. I’ve been traveling as much as possible (and as much as my budget has allowed), and figured I would post some updates on where I’ve been traveling! First up is Amsterdam!
Also, I’m not going to lie, every time I think of Amsterdam I’m reminded of My Dad Wrote A Porno. If you know, you know. Can’t decide if this is a positive association or not.
Traveling with Sarah
Naturally and perhaps quite predictably, I’ve been traveling a lot with my best friend Sarah, who is studying in London — luckily I get to see her fairly often, which is good because I’m not quite sure what I would do without her for so long. Anyways, here’s some photos of us on the train, getting much-needed coffee, and boarding an EasyJet flight! No matter how much I fly outside the United States, I don’t think I’m ever going to get used to boarding from the tarmac — is this what being a celebrity feels like???
Some Questionable Selfies
I like making memories, okay? An elevator selfie every morning is a good way to gauge how things are going. Technically though, I cheated, because the second photo was taken in the evening after getting back. I’m holding my bag to my chest because it finally broke — for $12 at TJ Maxx, it did pretty well considering I like to carry as much as physically possible in my bag!
“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky, and as long as I can enjoy it, how can I be sad?”
— The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
Cider on a Canal
Sarah and I wanted to sit outside, but it was such a beautiful day out most restaurants with outdoor seating were filled up . So, instead we found a store where we bought a bottle of cider (how UK of us, right?) and the guy told us to “kill the people outside on the bench and enjoy our drinks.” What a mood!
We opted for the less violent version and picked a spot on the canal. I also made friends with a cat. It was a success! I also don’t know how to take normal photos, it’s fine!
“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”
— The Fault in Our Stars, John Green
A Canal Tour
Next we migrated to do the obligatory tourist thing and took a canal tour! It was quite relaxing, informative, though cold at times, but on the whole don’t regret it!
Did you know we like flowers??? Well now you do!! The tulips were gorgeous, and we visited the floating flower market as well, which wasn’t quite what we expected but lovely anyways! I took one photo before noticing that there were signs that said “no cameras!” Doing very good.
“This city is like no other city in the world.”
— The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton
Oh yeah, we also had a lot of food and coffee! I learned what a dutch pancake was, and we found our new favorite Indian place. It was incredible!
Anyways, I hope this makes up for the lack of bookish posts recently! Will be back to the regularly-scheduled reading life when I’m back home and wishing to be somewhere else again!