I don't know what has happened to the weather guys, but I'm definitely not complaining. We've had 26 degrees and sunshine all day. I've been enjoying to the fullest. I went with my parents to a baptism today and later on we had lunch with friends on a rooftop enjoying the sun and good company. Spent the afternoon by our pool, soaking up the sun and napping away the last hours of the day. Had a nice dinner on the balcony and sat outside reading and listening to good music until 10. Now it's bedtime again and I'm going to enjoy a good nights sleep in my bed, I've missed it so much since I moved to Amsterdam.

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This week I had Thursday and Friday off from school, so I figured it was the perfect opportunity to fly home for the weekend. I arrived late last night, but the last 24 hours have been busy busy. This morning I went to the mall with my parents to run some errands and do some shopping. Later on I took the metro in to the city to meet up with Raj. As always, we had a great day. We had some pizza and did a little shopping, but mostly we just walked around and tried to catch up on what's going on in each other's lives. Great company and stunning views - I keep forgetting how beautiful Stockholm is. That's the beauty of moving abroad: you learn to appreciate your hometown so much more. I feel like every time I come back I see it with fresh eyes. Anyways, in the evening I went back home to Täby for a barbecue with my family. Such a great day, but now it's definitely bedtime.. need to get up pretty early tomorrow as well! Sleep tight lovelies!

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It's kind of becoming a habit to go out for dinner on Mondays, and I LOVE it. I mean, we all know Mondays often suck, but turning it into something to enjoy sets a positive tone to the week. This specific Monday we went to Coco's Outback on Rembrandtplein. Okay, it's on one of the most touristy locations in Amsterdam and you won't spot a lot of locals. Chances are even big the staff serving you don't know more than a couple of words in Dutch. But, here's still another Amsterdam tip for you: Monday madness every week means half price on all the food, which = burgers or ribs or whatever you want for around 7 euros. And drinks are yummy + cheap during happy hour (18-19 and 22-23). Plus, they play most big sports games - I've been a few times to watch ice hockey. Or when the weather is nice like today, there's plenty of tables to sit outside and enjoy the city atmosphere. When I first moved here two years ago, I went there to party quite a lot as well (it turns into a club on weekends), but I wouldn't recommend it since I prefer places with more locals. Anyways, Monday madness is definitely something I'd recommend. Don't wait until you're too hungry though, waiting times are long because amazing deal = lots of people.

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Last Thursday I took the train with a friend to Zandvoort to spend an evening at the beach. I can not get over how beautiful the beaches are in this country. Before I moved here I had no idea that they existed, but fortunately they do! So back to Thursday, we arrived from Amsterdam in the late afternoon. Took a walk on the beach and had some dinner in his beach house with another friend. Watched the sunset in the evening and curled up in the couch listening to the rain when it started pouring down from out of nowhere. Very gezellig, as the Dutch would say. I hope I have time to go back again soon before it's time to move! Speaking of moving, I haven't told you guys yet about my upcoming move, but I will soon... it's super exciting! Don't worry, I'm not leaving the Netherlands for good, just for a few months. That's for another post though. Here's some more pics from the beach. If you're in Amsterdam for a longer time I would definitely recommend visiting, it's only like half an hour with train. Other nice beach spots are Bloemendaal, where you can find a lot of nice beach clubs, and Scheveningen, which is a bit further away in The Hague but stunning!

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This Saturday, me and my friends decided to go discover the A'DAM Toren. The tower was renovated and opened as it is today sometime last year. There's bars, restaurants and a club in the tower, but our goal of the visit was to see the Lookout. From the top of the tower you can get an amazing 360 view of Amsterdam and its surroundings. It was truly breathtaking, and I really want to go back someday when the sky is more clear and stay until sunset. On top of the stunning view, you can also find the highest swing in Europe at the top deck. There you can swing over the edge of the tower and get some pretty cool pictures to bring home. I didn't to this since my friends were a bit too scared haha, but next visit for sure! Another thing I will definitely do on the next visit is to grab a burger at the Butcher which is located just outside the tower... They have some of the best burgers in Amsterdam! All in all, such a cool experience and definitely worth a visit. Tickets are 12,50 for the Lookout and 5 extra for the swing.


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This past weekend some friends of mine came to visit from Stockholm. Was so good to see them again! We walked around a lot, chilled at bars in the evenings, watched Eurovision crammed together in a hotel bed and went up the A'dam lookout. Here's some pictures from the weekend, I'll tell you more about the lookout in a different post! Now I'm going to finish up some schoolwork and then go outside and enjoy because it's freaking 26 degrees!!


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Yesterday we had a little mini photo shoot with my sorority, Amitera C.C.S.. I am so happy to be part of this amazing group of women. I know I've said it before, but I never ever thought I would be the girl to join a sorority, but I'm so happy I stepped out of my comfort zone and did.

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Yesterday evening was spent with some girls from school drinking wine and laughing. Around midnight we met up with some other friends at Leidseplein and spent the night there. Pretty decent Saturday. It's been a busy week so today I'm just chilling in bed and recharging my batteries for the upcoming school week. The plan is to get some laundry and homework done as well.. typical Sunday. Hope you've all had a great weekend as well!

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The 5th of May is liberation day in the Netherlands and it's celebrated with free festivals all over the country. So yesterday me and some friends went to the one in Westerpark to chill and enjoy the music. Was such a great day that ended with drinks at Waterkant and clubbing at Leidseplein. Only thing that could've made it better would've been some sun. I don't know what is up with the weather, but it's ridiculously cold for being May. Anyways, great Friday! 


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The 27th of April is the birthday of the king of the Netherlands and in honor of this, all dutchies put on as much orange as they can and hit the streets to celebrate. The night before is Kingsnight, which is also one of the biggest party nights of the year. I spent mine in Utrecht at a house party of an old au pair friend as you can see above. It was good, but Kingsday was AMAZING. Let's have a look!



One of the girls in my sorority drove her boat to Amsterdam and we spent most of the day cruising around the city. The atmosphere on this day is impossible to describe. The canals get packed with boats, on every street corner there is music, drinks are flowing and people are dancing everywhere.


There is approximately 800.000 people living in Amsterdam and on koningsdag, the population nearly doubles. It's crazy how packed of head-to-toe cheerful dutchies and internationals the streets and canals are. We drove like a meter an hour it felt like. Passing boats blasting music, stopping at a houseboat to fill our bellies with bitterballen and feeling like royals waving to people on the bridges.



This was my third time celebrating kingsday, and I have to say it was probably the best one so far. I was surrounded by amazing people and the whole day was filled with so much laughter (and wine). In the evening we decided we needed some food to weigh up for all the drinks, so we had some Subway before we walked to Leidseplein for a beer. Later on we hit the club and danced until the lights turned on and the DJ announced that it was really time to go home. Guys, trust me when I say everyone should try celebrating koningsdag in Amsterdam at least once, you won't regret it! 


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