i posted my first week adventures in a huge post over here, but i still had more places i wanted to tell you about! considering i had already been there quite a while, i did a lot of things on repeat once jen arrived (breakfast at vinnies, strolling in the nine streets area etc) she likes to refer to it as my highlight reel…
where do i even BEGIN?! if you are following me on instagram, you probably have noticed that i completely fell in love with amsterdam. i might even go ahead and say it’s my favorite european city that i’ve visited. it’s charming, it’s easy to fit right in with all of the english that is spoken here, there is tons of amazing design and style, the apartments are cool, it feels clean and safe…i could go on and on, really. i’m also a huge fan of paris and berlin, but amsterdam feels like the perfect combination. i’m so happy i finally decided to come here!
ok, so i’m going to break down my trip into a couple of posts, and they are gonna be loooong, let me warn ya. but i wanted to show you guys everything i enjoyed so far. i still have 6 days here, so i can post more at the end. as far as recommendations, i got them from all over. i came here with no plans at all. i asked instagram, my blog, my friends, my airbnb hosts, and a few locals. i ended up at some pretty great places…
i posted the inside of the first airbnb i rented right here. the neighborhood is the hip & trendy jordaan district. i took an uber (yes, they have uber here too. so convenient) from the airport to my apartment and i was so excited as i looked out the windows at the new sights. we pulled on to a tiny little street with a bar, a few little shops, and an adorable barber shop underneath where i was staying. the street is pretty quiet, but everything was very close to walk to. seriously, ideal location.
i really love living in los angeles, i can’t really picture myself moving anytime soon (or maybe ever!). it’s so fun to travel to different cities but coming home is always great because this city is so familiar and comforting to me (i’ve lived here 9 years now.) i love having visitors in town and showing them all of the hidden gems. there are certain local places that just get skipped when you visit a new city, unless you have the inside scoop. that’s why i love what jessica and krissy are doing with their youtube show tastebuds travel. they’re traveling to eight cities across america and giving everyone the inside scoop on the local faves.
i took part in the LA episode and we went to one of my favorite little shops, Mrytle. the owner, whitney, has great taste and stocks both vintage and new. it’s not far from where i live. i love wondering in on a saturday and checking out her finds.
you can watch the whole episode below. which also features some other fun LA spots (one that i didn’t even know about!). check it out!
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