Right now it's cloudy and cold in Amsterdam, but earlier this week the sun was still shining and the evening still warm enough to be enjoyed outside. A friend texted in the group chat "anyone want to do something tonight?" and who am I to say no to drinks in the evening sun? We went to Floor 17, which is on top of the Ramada hotel here in West. I don't know how I've never been before, considering it's literally right next to our school. Probably because the prices are not exactly student wallet friendly. But still - the view! You can see the whole city from up there. Literally, the whole city! We were sipping on our drinks and pointing out everything we could see "oh look, that's Westerkerk, isn't it?" and "there's the A'dam tower! wow, you can see all the way to the north!". When our glasses were empty, we walked over to Zurich at Mercatorplein instead, just to make sure we didn't spend all our rent money. All in all, great Tuesday evening!
I was so looking forward to this four day weekend that just passed. I was motivated to get loads of school work done, spend time with friends, go to this food truck festival, maybe spend a day at the beach. In the end, I did pretty much none of that. As much as I love spring, it’s definitely a love-hate relationship. With everything blooming, so is my so called hay fever, and it ain’t pretty. I can’t even begin to describe how tired it makes me. It’s pretty much a miracle if I manage to get through the whole day without a nap. I can deal with the itchy eyes, the sneezing and even the asthma. But the tiredness is really getting to me. So instead, I spent most of my weekend in bed, with the exception of Saturday afternoon lunch with Henri in the sun. Partly because I had zero energy to get up and do anything, partly to avoid going outside and having to deal with the pollen explosion that is Amsterdam right now. Today I got home from school, went to bed to nap for an hour, slept right through my alarm and woke up when the sun was already down... Over four hours later. And there went another afternoon of planned schoolwork. As much as I want to be productive and get stuff done, I just have zero energy to do any of it. And it’s so freaking frustrating. Oh well, enough of complaining already. I know things could be a lot worse. Tomorrow will be a day full of group work for school, so I’d better catch some more sleep. Hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful spring a little more than I am!
It's been nearly a month since I wrote something here. I guess I've just been too cought up with life. I turned 24, started school again, celebrated Kingsday, my brother came to visit, my sorority hosted our annual party, a friend from my internship stayed with me for a few days, I celebrated Liberation Day here in the Netherlands and yeah, as you can probably tell, I've been keeping busy. But there's so much to tell, I don't want to squeeze it all in to one post. So let's start with the most recent! On Thurday evening, the day after our big sorority party, my friend Carlotta and I decided to go get some hangover pizza. I discovered this place called La Perla a couple of weeks ago after a recomendation from an Italian girl, and honestly, how did I not know about this place before?! I've always been complaining that it's basically impossible to find good, genuine, Italian pizza in Amsterdam. But this, this is the real deal! Seriously. And even better, I got to still my spritz cravings finally.
Enough about pizza. Minus the hangover, it was just one of those great evenings. We sat outside, watching people pass by and discussing the happenings of last night's party. Walking back to our bikes after dinner, I just had one of those moments where I could not get enough of the beauty of this city. I had to stop by every bridge and just take it all in. There's not much like the evening sun painting the Amsterdam canals golden. This city. I really needed a reminder of what an amazing place this can be. Living abroad is definitely not always easy, and I think it's important to sometimes just stop and remind yourself why you're here and what made you stay in the first place. Anyway, if you ever feel like getting the best pizza Amsterdam has to offer, La Perla is the place to go! It's located on Tuinstraat, close to Westerkerk and the Anne Frank house in the Jordaan area. Promise you won't be disappointed!