Sororities were always something I just thought about as this thing you see in American movies. I never, and I really mean NEVER, thought I would be in one. When I started Hotelschool and heard there were sororities and fraternities in the school I didn't give it much thought. I have never been much of a girly girl or liked hanging out in big groups of girls (to be honest, I find it a bit intimidating haha) and I just thought it wasn't for me at all. But then I started to get to know some of the girls in Amitera, I went to a promo drink and before I knew it I had been asked to be a pledge. It just kind of happened. The last few months as pledges have been both fun and hell. We went on hazing weekend which was like the worst weekend of my life, we've fought a lot and I have been so frustraded at points and just ready to drop out. But I have also gotten to know so many amazing people. And we've already created some great memories together. This week we finally had our inauguration and became official members of Amitera CCS.


I am so happy I made the decision to join and that I stuck with it even though I didn't always want to. I have not just gained a bunch of amazing friends, but I have become part of this sisterhood. I have a group of girls that I know I can always turn to, that have my back and will support me through anything. I am looking forward to all the laughs and adventures to come with these girls and I am so happy to have this little family and safe place in school and Amsterdam when everything gets a bit too overwhelming. When one of the board members held a speach and said something about all of us pledges, she said that even though I had said that I never thought I'd be a sorority girl, neither of them can imagine this group without me now. In the same way I can't imagine these coming 3.5 years left of school without my AMIs.


Likes

Comments


The other day me and Paul took the tram to the city and Jordaan area to have some lunch. We went for a little walk looking for a nice place and ended up in a little basement restaurant called brix. I love finding little hidden gems and this was definitely one! I had pulled pork on flatbread and it was absolutely amazing. They also have a few local beers on the menu, so if you like trying that kind of stuff it's a good place to go. The interior is really cool with brick walls and it just has a really chill vibe to it. Would definitely recommend a visit if you're in Amsterdam, great place to sit down for a lunch after some shopping at the nine streets. You can find it on Wolvenstraat 16. Only minus is slow service, the staff is friendly but it took way longer than it should have to get their attention considering it was a bit late for lunch and not busy at all.


Likes

Comments

(written yesterday evening, on an airplane on the way back to Amsterdam)

And so another winter holiday is coming to it's end. I have mixed feelings about it. I always struggle with homesickness and sadness the days leading up to and first few days after leaving Sweden. It sucks to leave. I am so close to my family and I have great friends in Stockholm and it hurts every time I leave it behind. At the same time I'm happy to go back home to Amsterdam, because I have missed my friends and the city. And I know it's worth saying goodbye even though it's hard because I get so much in return. And I also know that in a few days the homesickness won't be a constant thing anymore, it's just going to be something that comes from time to time that I know how to handle. I am so excited about what's to come this year. I am determined to make this spring an amazing one. Focus on school of course, but also take time to do things that make me happy. Spend time with friends, soak up the sun in parks, drink wine from the bottle with my feet hanging over the canal while waving to all the tourists in the canal boats taking photos, bike through the city and explore new places. Maybe book a weekend trip to some European city. Just enjoy life. Invest time in what makes me happy and say no to things that don't. And start looking for a place to go on internship because in just half a year I will be moving abroad for a few months and I am so happy to have an adventure like that to look forward to. Now I'm going to stop writing, put on a good podcast and sip on my red wine until we land on Schiphol. I'm looking forward to see everyone at school again!


  • 111 readers

Likes

Comments


Today was a good day! Started out with breakfast with the whole family before I got ready and went to the mall to get some last minute things I needed. Met up with my friend Tua to have some coffee and catch up on life. When you don't see some of your best friends more than a couple of times per year there is always so freaking much to talk about. In the afternoon I went with my parents to my granddad's place to see him and my cousins and have some dinner together. Now I'm back home on the couch with a full belly and tired brain. I can't believe tomorrow is my last day of winter holiday and that I'm flying back to Amsterdam already. Where did time go? I'm so not ready... 


Likes

Comments

I got this question in the comments super long ago but as with most things, I completely forgot about it. But, it's never too late right? The question was: If I were to dream freely, where would I live and work? Do I have a dream job or place to live?

I really don't know, haha. In this moment, I am perfectly happy with living in Amsterdam. It is such a beautiful, vibrant city and it has truly become home to me. With that said, I don't plan to stay forever. There are so many places I want to see and discover. In about half a year already I'll spend five months on an internship somewhere abroad. I always want to keep moving. The world is amazing and I don't see any reason to constrict myself to one place. At some point in my life I want to try living in Australia though, I think I would like it there. And spend a few months in NYC because well, there's nothing like New York. In the distant future, when it's time for kids and all of that stuff I'll most probably settle in Sweden for a while because I think it's a great place to grow up. I just can't imagine spending the rest of my life in winters this dark though. Makes me seriously depressed. In general I'm open to trying most places and see where life takes me!



When it comes to work, I have no idea. If I dream with zero limitations, I would love to work with music. Singing has always been my passion. But it's never really been something I've wanted to pursue in terms of work, it is such a crazy industry. With that said, if someone offered me to go on like a world tour it's not like I would say no haha. But to be a bit more realistic... I don't know what I'm planning on working as. I know I want to work with people somehow and I know that I want to be able to work internationally and that's the reason I chose my education. But I don't know... I am hoping that the fact that we get to try so many different things in school will help me figure out what I want to do with my life. Lately I've been thinking about maybe working with events somehow, but I really don't know. Life will tell!

In conslusion, life is way too short. I wish I could be in my 20's for an extra ten years or so. I have so many things I want to try and places I want to discover before I settle down. I want to keep moving, keep doing, keep growing, keep learning, keep discovering, keep experiencing.

Likes

Comments


Here are apparently my most liked Instagram photos of the year. 437 posts?! Jeez guys, I need to chill with the posting a bit haha. Apparently my life has been a lot more exciting the last half of the year because that's when all the photos are posted. First row: Our beautiful Christmas tree, an Amsterdam view and me + cutest baby ever (totally get the likes on that one). Second row: Another Amsterdam view in wintertime, a very happy Jo with beer in hand at the end of first week of school and me just before I left for school looking all down for business. Third row: A selfie in my mouse onepiece (very unexpected haha but apparently I'm a fine looking mouse), my very snowy front yard in Sweden in November and lasty another selfie that also serves as my current Facebook profile picture. Let's have a look at 2015's most liked while we're at it, shall we?


1: My old apartment in Amsterdam. 2: Last years Christmas tree (those seem to gather lots of likes, haha). 3: My very smiley face after having completed my first and last law exam at uni ever. 4: Palm trees in the sunset in the Dominican Republic. 5: Selfie from one of my first weekends living in Amsterdam. 6: Me at the airport when I first moved to the Netherlands. 7: Countdown to moving to Amsterdam just after I had booked my flight. 8: Canal picnic on a sunny afternoon when I had a break at work (how dreamy?!). 9: An afternoon beer at my friend's rooftop overlooking the city. Can't help to think what an amazing life I have when I see all these pictures.

Likes

Comments

I'm finally out of bed and feeling good again! Exhausted but functioning. Yesterday I went to Väsby to visit Raj in our old apartment. We made dinner and played cards all evening. Was so good to get out of the house for a bit. Today I slept until one and when I finally got out of bed I took a little trip to the mall with my parents. Got a new phone case which was so well needed and some other small stuff. Tonight we're having dinner at home and tomorrow is my last full day in Sweden for quite a while. Need to start packing and all that boring stuff. I'm sad to leave and I know the homesickness will be there for a few days, it always is after a visit home. But I am also super excited for another spring in Amsterdam and to see what this year in school has to offer. Hope you're all enjoying your weekends!

  • 158 readers

Likes

Comments

May was an amazing month! The whole spring was really rainy and cold and the summer was pretty much the same, but May was the exception. It was such a sunny and warm month and my mood matched the weather. It will be quite a long post because even though I left a lot out there's still so much to be said about May. Probably the best month I had during my au pair time in Utrecht. Let's have a look!



I was working, of course. Even though au pairing is a lot about exploring, new experiences, friends and fun - it's also A LOT of work. It's easy to forget about when it's over and I look back and miss all the good times. But it was tough, it really was. Even though I was super lucky with the kids I was taking care of.



The 5th of May is liberation day in the Netherlands. All over the country, in the state capitals, they have free festivals with local artists. It's such a blast. In 2015 I celebrated in Amsterdam but 2016 it was time to see what Utrecht had to offer. We started the day quite early with some drinks in the park before we went to my place, sat on the terrace for a while listening to music and chilling. Later in the afternoon we made our way to the festival area, stood in line for over two hours and met up with some other friends when we finally made it in. We listened to music and chilled in the grass all day. In the evening we saw Nielson close the show and went to the city for some dancing. It was such a happy day.



I met Sofi for the first time and we took our au pair kids to a really nice park with a beach. After that we started hanging out a lot and she introduced me to the Spanish girls. Had so much fun with them the rest of my Utrecht time, it really saved my life down there knowing them. It made life in Utrecht ten times more fun, really.



I went to Amsterdam a couple of times. Once was for dinner with Dana's parents and her, which was such a nice evening. Another time I went to cuddle with my old au pair kids which is also always a good time. Went to a food truck festival with Isobel but had more beer than food to be honest because the food was too expensive, haha. Priorities. And the weather... Amazing. Life is so much better when the sun is out right?



Speaking of weather, we had a crazy heatwave so Dana, Jer and me went to Scheveningen by the Hague to hang out at the beach for a day. I'm still amazed by how beautiful beaches they have in Holland. Really, it's like going on vacation in Spain or something.



Mel, Isobel and I went to soia the first Sunday of the year they were open and we had the best afternoon/evening in a long time. We enjoyed beer and music in the afternoon sun for hours and when the sun had set the party moved inside and we danced and forgot tomorrow was Monday.



At the end of the month me and Dana decided to make a day trip and took the train to Gouda. They are mainly famous for their cheese, but turns out they also have cute windmills, amazing architechture, just as amazing stroopwaffels, great beer and super friendly people. But of course we spent lots of time in cheese stores trying free cheese until we had to buy something because we felt bad for only eating.



I finished off the month with an evening park hangout with Isobel in Griftpark. We watched the sun set and drank wine until we decided it was a good idea to spontaneously take the train to Amsterdam. We met up with Mel there and had such a fun night. I also met Paul that night, haha. So Amsterdam turned out to be a great decision.


Likes

Comments


The first Sunday of April was the first day it really started to feel like spring for real. It had been raining for days if I remember correctly, or at least been really shitty weather. But on that Sunday the sun was shining like never before and I took the train to Amsterdam to lay in the grass in Vondelpark and talk about everything and nothing with old friends and new. Later that evening I had a date with a guy I was seeing for a short period during that time but that ended quicker than it started. Monday morning was definitely not as sunny but I was happy anyways, because I was off until 15:00 and spent it at Natashas apartment in Amsterdam.



I started a Dutch course and I was learning so much doing that in combination with speaking Dutch to the twins. I had a really fun class too, so enjoyed it a lot! Dana came to Utrecht for a day and we discovered together but mainly ate lots of yummy food because that's what we tend to do together. The sunny days started coming more often and I was enjoying it to the fullest. You will never find people who appreciate the sun more than Scandinavians, I mean we're used to not even seeing it for like half a year straight evert year. So when spring comes, there's no sitting inside.



I made the kids be outside like 90% of the time as well. We went to the park, played in the garden and went biking. And when the weather allowed it we would have lunch outside on the terrace. I did that alone too, had as many meals as I could outside. Loved that terrace of theirs. It would bathe in sun pretty much the whole day every time the weather was good.



I also celebrated two important birthdays in April, the first one being mine. I turned 22 and celebrated it twice. Once in Amsterdam, combined with a goodbye party for Milla, and once in Utrecht with friends there. That was such a great weekend. The second important birthday? The king of the Netherlands aka King's day! My oh my I can't wait to celebrate King's night and day again this year. It is such a fun time. Unfortunately I don't have a lot of photos because I was enjoying myself too much to remember to take any but above you can see king Willy on his way to celebrate in Amsterdam trying to avoid paparazzi.

And that was April for me! All in all a good month. April of both 2015 and 2016 was a lot of up and down for me. Both me, my mom and my dad have our birthdays in April so I usually deal with quite a lot of sickness. On the other hand. both Amsterdam and Utrecht are AMAZING spring cities. There's something about April that just brings the energy and joy back to me, like it defreezes me after winter and warms me up for summer. I'm so looking forward to spring this year.

Likes

Comments

Progress: Switched bed for couch and pyjama pants for leggings this afternoon. Finally starting to feel human again. I just need to get some energy back and start eating properly and I'll be back to normal in no time. Wow, I make it sound like I've been dying or something. Even though it has felt like it, it was just the flu, don't worry people. Right now I'm going to sit down and write some emails I need to send so I have that done and the rest of the afternoon and evening is for relaxing. I'm hoping I'll feel well enough tomorrow to at least go out for a short walk or something. It's so beautiful outside - while I've been stuck in bed barely looking outside the window my backyard has turned into a winter wonderland. Love it!


Likes

Comments