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Artists. Architecture. Atmosphere.

The Netherlands is a beautiful country full of green farmland, dreamy canals, and of course, windmills. With distinct seasons offering visitors different scenery to enjoy year round, it’s always a good time to visit. Soak up history in the Hague, embrace bizarre feats of architecture in Rotterdam, take in the atmosphere of Amsterdam, or simply stuff yourself with cheese in Gouda, you’ll find there’s always something to do in this small country.

Foto Friday: The Canals of Amsterdam

Foto Friday: The Canals of Amsterdam

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the canals of Amsterdam. One of the signature features of Amsterdam is the maze of canals branching out throughout the city. While strolling along the water and passing over ornate bridges was enjoyable, I didn’t find them that picturesque. The water was a ... Read More »

Japanese Aesthetics and Opulence at Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Japanese Aesthetics and Opulence at Hotel Okura Amsterdam

Have you ever been to a hotel that you could visit time and time again? One that’s almost better than the destination itself to spend time at? That’s how I feel with any property under the brand Okura Hotels and Resorts. The first time I ever experienced an Okura Hotel was my first few nights upon moving to Japan. I was absolutely ... Read More »

I am(not)sterdam

I am(not)sterdam

I’ve come to realize that Amsterdam is one of those cities you either love or hate. And it seems like I’m in the minority with this one. Before even arriving in Amsterdam I had built the city up in my head. I honestly don’t even know why, but somehow I had convinced myself that I would absolutely adore it and ... Read More »

Walking the Streets: Amsterdam’s Red Light District

Walking the Streets: Amsterdam's Red Light District

When most foreigners mention Amsterdam, two things first come to mind– weed and the Red Light District. While I wasn’t exactly excited to investigate the weed scene, I was really interested in visiting the infamous Red Light District, especially because I had no idea what to expect. It was almost a little tricky to find, because nothing made the area stand ... Read More »

Foto Friday: the Architecture of Rotterdam

Foto Friday: the Architecture of Rotterdam

Every Friday I’ll be sharing a photo from someplace in my travels. This week’s photo is of the Architecture of Rotterdam. Piet Blom designed the famous cube houses, or Kijk-kubus, of Rotterdam back in the late seventies. Can you imagine seeing these sorts of structures back then, because I sure can’t. Even now when you approach the houses for the first ... Read More »

Hotel van Walsum: Where Family-Run Makes All the Difference

Hotel van Walsum: Where Family-Run Makes All the Difference

Nestled in the heart of the Netherlands in modern Rotterdam is Hotel van Walsum. While it’s not right in the middle of this small yet bustling city, it’s location was ideal on a quieter side street. The tree-lined neighborhood had plenty of cute boutique stores and trendy restaurants right around the corner, which worked out perfectly for us. Even when we ... Read More »

Why I Love Rotterdam

Why I Love Rotterdam

Most people choose to only visit Amsterdam, which is a mistake on their part. Sure, Amsterdam has canals, history and activities often illegal in other countries, but Rotterdam has art, architecture and multiculturalism. Rotterdam is unlike any other city in the Netherlands. It has more open space, less bikes, and even less tourists. Unfortunately for Rotterdam, it was one of the only cities ... Read More »

8 Must-Try Dutch Foods

8 Must-Try Dutch Foods

Before heading to the Netherlands, I knew absolutely nothing about Dutch food. There’s not very much written about it and I actually had never given much thought as to what they’d eat there. Since leaving the Netherlands, all I want to eat is Dutch food. I was quite surprised to find that their most of their food was light and ... Read More »