Friday 10 July 2015

Amsterdam day 1

The short trip I talked of in my 'confessions of an over-packer' blogpost was actually Amsterdam, which is where I am now ! I love Amstersdam and have actually been a couple of times before as I have family living here. Myself and my cousin Zoe are lucky enough to be able to come here for a few days as we have been planning this since about three years ago, and we definitely have some busy days coming up. 

I wasn't sure whether I wanted to jam the entire three day trip into one blogpost or do separate posts for each of the days... I decided on the latter as it will mean I can go into a little more detail about each individual day without the blogpost going on for longer than necessary. 

Anyway, let's get into day 1.

As this has been a long awaited trip we already had every moment planned down to the t - I'm not even joking both Zoe and I are secretly obsessed with itinerary's, haha. 

I actually made the mistake of having a normal green tea before bed on Wednesday rather than a de caffeinated one which meant I was running on about three/four hours of sleep - and I woke up at about four so we were able to get ready earlier and were out the house at about 9:30 am. 

Not going to lie we were both a little skeptical about just how well we were going to cope with the trams but with a little help from our Aunty who wrote down all of our stops we successfully managed to get to the area we planned on going (even though it was more Zoe in charge of directions - I just asked "is it this one" every time the tram stopped). 

When we finally got to into the city we were met with everything that represents Amsterdam; the beautiful canals and little bridges with flowers, the buildings (which I must have a gazillion pictures of so far - and it's only been the first day), bikes ... a lot of bikes and we got our trusty little offline Amsterdam app out and found our way towards a pancake house for some traditional Dutch pancakes - and they definitely did not disappoint. 

After the pancakes we headed to the bridges overlooking the canals to walk around for little (digest the food) and take my ootd pictures.

Today I wore;
Ripped denim Topshop jeans 
A plain grey r-shirt from forever 21
My jacket from New Look 
Booties from Asos

I knew I would have to be comfy as we were planning on walking a lot, so I unfortunately had to give my not so trusty leopard print slip ons a miss as they rip up my feet if I ever wear them for too much walking.

We then walked towards our canal tour where we found out there was FREE WIFI - can you feel my excitement as I typed this !!!???!! Zoe and I didn't talk to each other for about ten minutes whilst we checked everything we might have missed from the time we left the house until about 11:30 (please acknowledge the sarcasm, haha). 

The canal tour was amazing and I took way too many pictures - what else is knew there though. 

Fun fact: the reason the houses are so thin in the centre city is because back in the olden days when they were being built you paid tax which was measured on the width of the house - the thinner the house the less tax, sounds reasonable. 

After that we headed for the Rijksmuseum and we able to walk straight in as we pre-booked our tickets (remember super organised). I saw this amazing exhibition called New for Now which was all about fashion before the fashion press and all the media; it was about the first designs of simple magazine covers - as you can imagine I was in awe. 

There was also a Yves Saint Laurent dress which I was pretty content with just standing within a four foot radius of it as I admired it - again no surprise there, haha.

We then headed home at around 3:30pm (remember: 3/4 hours sleep) and went to this cool park near our family's house. 

I had a great first day in Amsterdam let's see where the next day takes us (well we know where it's gonna take us because we have an itinerary, haha).

Maija Lily Xx



  1. Wow it looks like you had a fabulous trip! I can't wait to go back to Europe next year x

    1. It was such a good trip, I will be posting about day 3 and 4 soon !!



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