Another trip to Amsterdam

 
~classic Amsterdam canal houses - even pretty in the rain.

~classic Amsterdam canal houses - even pretty in the rain.

It's been a couple of busy weeks lately, as I've been travelling back and forth between New York, Amsterdam and Florida.

Three weeks ago, I was in my beloved Amsterdam. The city where I was raised, the city that always will have my heart. And yes, New York has won my heart as well - as have many more places in the world. But being back there made it very clear again that, even after all these years of living abroad, Amsterdam is the one place where we all have family, roots, friends, and a house.

~working from We Work Amsterdam was great (yep, typical Dutch weather with rain swept windows...)

~working from We Work Amsterdam was great (yep, typical Dutch weather with rain swept windows...)

As I shared in my last newsletter (sign up if you don't want to miss out), one of the main reasons for my visit to Amsterdam, was the house we still own for the past 11 years. It's situated near Amsterdam and after it was rented out for almost three years, it's now time to bring it back into shape and start a new creative project. Behind the scenes I'm working on it, but for this to really get going, I will need some help moving forward. This is going to be a bigger and truly collective project (and I'm in New York). I will be back in Amsterdam in a few weeks, more about this very soon - stay tuned!

~the two rooftops of our house near Amsterdam.

~the two rooftops of our house near Amsterdam.

So, that being said, I enjoyed visiting my family and some friends, but I also met up with some Dutch bloggers and Instagrammers, which was truly very nice. If all goes well, we will see more of each other this year - which will be great, because making connections and being inspired by others is one of the things I love to do and hope to do more in the near future!

I also visited some great Amsterdam based stores and a popup shop (organized by Foodbandits and July Adrichem), which felt like visiting friends. 

Even though I'm typing this blog post from cold and sunny Brooklyn, thanks to the Internet we all can have a look at these Dutch brands from the comfort of our chairs. And if you are planning a trip to Amsterdam, let me know if you want some tips.

For now, Enjoy!

~From school to hotel - The College Hotel, run by students and professionals. I always loved the architecture (I went to school around the corner).

~From school to hotel - The College Hotel, run by students and professionals. I always loved the architecture (I went to school around the corner).

~fresh pizza slices from Sugo.

~fresh pizza slices from Sugo.

~One of the many corners at the Hoxton hotel in Amsterdam. Truly a great place to meet and have lunch.

~One of the many corners at the Hoxton hotel in Amsterdam. Truly a great place to meet and have lunch.

~love all the handmade work of By Gitte -  I use her felt with leather shopper as my computer bag.

~love all the handmade work of By Gitte -  I use her felt with leather shopper as my computer bag.

~this store, Studio Jux, I will visit again. All items are fair-trade. The creme plaid from Nepal now feels at home in Brooklyn.

~this store, Studio Jux, I will visit again. All items are fair-trade. The creme plaid from Nepal now feels at home in Brooklyn.

~My sweet friend Haidy at work in the men's shop Angel Agudo - a classic name in Amsterdam, for fashion and hair. 

~My sweet friend Haidy at work in the men's shop Angel Agudo - a classic name in Amsterdam, for fashion and hair. 

~Love these women & men posters from Via Martine - Here the cards are displayed at Loods 5.

~Love these women & men posters from Via Martine - Here the cards are displayed at Loods 5.

~great ceramics and posters made by Annemieke Boots Ceramics.

~great ceramics and posters made by Annemieke Boots Ceramics.

~always a treat, fresh and cosy lunch at SLA.

~always a treat, fresh and cosy lunch at SLA.

~See you next time Amsterdam! (I should have bought this shirt...)

~See you next time Amsterdam! (I should have bought this shirt...)