April in Amsterdam
Upon my college graduation in May 2014, I've had a very bad case of wanderlust. For two years I've been on cloud 9, living from trip to trip and everything in between is planning or dreaming of another trip. I just think that while I'm still young, I want to see as much of the world as I can. To most this may seem impractical because the idea is to work, work, work to build up a future so that you can raise a family and then enjoy the leisures in life, but I see it differently. There is a balance of working to save, yet I also want to incorporate traveling while I'm still in the roaring 20s...so that's what I've been doing.
This year, I was very fortunate to have the chance to go abroad to Europe again...to spend a week in Amsterdam with my cousin and her family! I have to admit, every time I hear of Amsterdam, I think of the movie, The Fault in Our Stars.
I have to say, Amsterdam is my new favorite European destination. There's something about the aesthetics of the city that captivates me. Maybe it's the presence of canals that circulate throughout the city. Or maybe it's the small glimpses of greenery on every street corner, the natural beauty that decorates the buildings.
From experience on more than one occasion, I would probably avoid Europe in April. I was very grateful that it was not raining the entire time during our trip. We had a couple periods during the day where there was sunshine, but for the most part, it was a shift between rain, hail, sun, rain, hail, rain, and more rain.
Before our flight, we took a walk around the local area from where our apartment was located. We had breakfast at this quaint breakfast joint, Mook, which is known for their pancakes. It was a small, local business, which I prefer over food chains. Pictured above is their dish called "The Blue Magic" (fresh blueberries, maple syrup, and grated coconut). It had very simple ingredients and tasted fresh! It filled me up to the right amount of contentment before a long plane ride back to the US.