Remember me fresh out a black and white movie

First of a series of photos I took, accompanied with a song that’s been stuck in my head for weeks. Flowers in the neighborhood are blooming because it’s Spring.

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*Photos taken by me, with my Sony A6000.

What we ate and what you should eat when in Paris

We only had two must-do’s for our trip to Paris: (1) Spend a day in Disneyland and (2) Eat. I’m not the type of traveller that puts so much importance on eating local food. I’d much rather stop by a local grocery and make my own meals in order to save on money and time. However, Paris is a different story. French cuisine is known worldwide for being one of the best (if not the best) so I had to make an exception plus it was Matt’s only request.

For my research, I found Condé Nast Traveler extremely helpful because of their Best restaurants lists (50 best and 24 best in Paris). The website is a great resource for everything travel related and since Paris is a major city, there was more than enough information readily available.

Croissants/Bread from neighborhood Boulangeries

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On our way to the metro stations, Matt and I would always pass boulangeries with windows filled with all kinds of bread and pastries. This is a great option for people on budget and are just looking for a quick bite before starting the day. A croissant can cost you as little as 1€ and are made fresh every morning.

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Paris 2018

Last weekend, I was fortunate enough to find myself on a plane from Amsterdam to Paris-Orly airport. It was freezing in Amsterdam that day (-8 degrees celsius!) so saying that I was ecstatic over Paris’s barely-above-zero-degrees weather was an understatement.

Matt and I were in Paris for a long weekend and had arrived late on Thursday evening. We made our way to our Airbnb host’s house in the 11th arrondissement with ease, despite him being exhausted since he came straight from work. Because our trip was a quick one, I had planned majority of what we were going to do more than a month prior so that we could get the most of our time in the French capital. The typical tourist spots were on our list but our trip was focused on two things in particular:

  1. A trip to Disneyland Paris; and
  2. Eating as much good food as possible.

And I’m happy to report we came home happy and more than content. Paris has always been my dream city and finally being able to walk the streets, stare at all the chic fashion boutiques, order croissants in the morning and use my shitty French has definitely left me more starry eyed. 3 days was definitely not enough to see, eat and explore what Paris has to offer so don’t be surprised if ever you find me back in the near future.

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Delft, Den Haag, Leiden & Woerden

The wonderful thing about the Netherlands as a country is that everything is close by. You can go end to end of the Netherlands within a day; hours even! Which is why I jumped to the chance to explore a couple of places with Alex, my closest friend here in Amsterdam. We met Friday night to discuss what our game plan should be then woke up extra early the next day and set off on our adventure.

We were able to travel to a number of places because I had purchased discounted tickets from the Albert Heijn (a local grocery chain) which gave us unlimited train travel for only 15 euros! So the main goal of the whole day was to make the most of these tickets, not necessarily experience everything each town had to offer. I’ll save that for another trip. 🙂

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Our first stop was at Delft, a cute city populated by cobblestone streets and amazing doors. I took the most photos here because everywhere we went was picturesque. Delft is known for blue porcelain, Johanne Vermeer and being one of William of Orange’s residences.

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A letter to Amsterdam

I didn’t know what to expect when I stepped on to the plane heading towards you back in October. I cried millions of tears from the Immigration counter to my seat on the airplane because finally, I was starting the long journey I had been dreaming of. The sheer amount of blog posts, testimonials, youtube videos, and guide books that I had read could not prepare me for what was in my future, when you and I would finally come face to face. Honestly, I still cannot describe how I feel about you despite having been with you, in you, for about a month and a half already.

I will try to illustrate my thoughts in bullet form for the time being.

  1. Everyone was right about your temperament. In a single day alone, you would give me a bit of sunshine only to be followed by endless bouts of rain, scattered all throughout the day. I can’t tell when your tears will pour so I find myself staying in my waterproof boots and bright, yellow raincoat.
  2. You are kind. I lost my wallet about a week ago and somehow, it found its way back to me. If that had happened anywhere else, I knew I would have had to kiss Chewy goodbye.
  3. Nothing could have prepared me for the money situation. I was not previously informed that you promoted paperless transactions, so I was quite reliant on Anna ’til I was finally able to get a bank card of my own. This irked me for weeks even if I knew it would get better in the long run.
  4. You have so much to offer. I could get lost in the mazes of your museums for days, maybe even weeks. Don’t even get me started on the houses! The streets are generally quiet but nothing short of interesting. I could stare at you and never get bored.
  5. You are home now, but not really. I still feel like an outsider not because of the language barrier or my ethnicity. You are beautiful but a stopover, if that makes any sense. I was waiting for that feeling everyone talks about when you know you’ve found the one; that it’d be love at first sight and that I would settle here for the rest of my life. I honestly was hoping that from you, for us but sadly, it doesn’t appear to be so.

I hope you don’t mind these letters, Amsterdam. I feel like this is the first of many that I will write over the next year.

Love always,

Lunch in Oslo

I went on a Scandinavian cruise last August-September and I can honestly say that I have never been so pleasantly surprised in my life. Never did I think that Scandinavia would be so beautiful nor would I have fallen deeply in love with the culture, climate and cities. Here’s a small collection of photographs I took when we were in Oslo. Though we stayed for a day, I decided then and there that it was my favourite city and if I had to leave home for anywhere, it would be for Oslo.

 

Of course I don’t remember the name of the restaurant we ate in but it had a nice resto-bar/gastropub feel to it. If anyone knows what the name of the restaurant is, feel free to comment below!

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