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#vibes

“I wanna be free like you” ūüĒ•
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A day in the east of Amsterdam | 6x hotspots

Oh, boy.. I can barely believe summer is gone… No more cycling around in skirts and dresses to enjoy the refreshing wind coming through, no more laying on the sand or the grass in the city’s many beautiful parks (this so sounds like an ad for Amsterdam now)… Summer is literally my favorite season of the year, and yeah I know that me saying this and coming from a country that rarely has any winter sounds like a clich√©, but Amsterdam is the most beautiful city in the summer! Of course autumn brings beautiful colors but it quickly catches up with the rainy and flu season, and before you know it.. Hellooo long winter. Me and my friend Marjorie spent one of the last days of summer in the east of Amsterdam. She lives in the south-west side of the city so I wanted to show her around my neighborhood, some touristy spots & some hidden ones. Let me take you through our day… ūüėČ *PS: Yes, this was before I got my hair cut.. Took me literally forever to put this together so bear with me! 1. Brunch at Bakers & Roasters First things first, BRUNCH! I’m a recent […]
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#feelgoodmonday

shine bright babies! ūüėė
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Brunch at Bakers & Roesters

There is something relaxing about waking up in the weekend and going for a late breakfast (or brunch if you’d rather call it that). But to be fair just the thought of not having to cook and then clean up as soon as I wake up already gets me going out the door. I’ve heard great things about this place (they have a√ßai bowls!), but it was always too far for me to actually cycle there in the morning… If I have to cycle more than 10 minutes anywhere for breakfast then I’m just not gonna do it, I’m really not that mature… But Guess what? They opened up place right in my neighboorhood and it’s five minutes cycling for me, so by the rules of all that is “good and brunch”, I had to try it. On their website it says one of the owners of this place was Brazilian (like moi) so I was expecting to get pretty good breakfast. This might might be biased and I’m sorry but Brazil has amazing breakfast! I set out to go there with a brazilian friend so we could give our verdict. The location in the east of Amsterdam¬†is close to […]
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Distilleerderij ‘t Nieuwe Diep

Hidden between the leafy trees at Flevopark is¬†a dreamy little¬†distillery, tucked away from all the noise of the city and surrounded by a small pound, herb garden and fruit trees. You can hear the ducks playing and distant noise of people chatting and enjoying the sun on the other site of the water. The ‚Äėt Nieuwe Diep distillery and tasting room is housed in a polder pump house dating from 1880. This little distillery produces more than 100 different products like jenevers (Dutch gin), sweet liqueurs, fruit genevers flavored with fresh juices as well as young and aged genevers. Their¬†citroen genever is very special, like an even tastier version of limoncello. All products are made from organic ingredients as much as possible and produced according to age-old Dutch recipes made as often as possible from organic ingredients. Their drinks are¬†delicious, but the coolest part is the setting which has a very rural feeling and let’s say very magical? They also have¬†wine, sodas, lemonades, coffee and other drinks as well as a unique Basque apple cider that you can order by the bottle to share. This little place is known to us¬†“Easterners” but is a bit unknown to other locals and […]
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5 Apps You Need in Amsterdam

1. Maps Amsterdam has a great public transportation system provided by GVB. You don’t need their app or the famous 9292 (Used by the dutch mostly) to get by with the trams and buses, because Google Maps has all the info from GVB and provides accurate times, making it super easy to just google the address or name of the place you wanna go or drop a pin and check how to get there! You can use Google Maps offline as well, don’t forget to save the map area on wifi before you go out. Another app to use maps offline is Maps.me which also provides basically the same thing, but it’s manly for offline use during travel. Remember that in order to get public transport info with google maps or any other map you will need an internet connection, which takes me to my next point… Google Maps Android | iOS Maps.me Android | iOS 2. Wifi Map Pro Going to another country means you will have to pay a lot of money for 3g/4g. Instead, search for wifi you can use!¬†This app has a huge database and you will always be covered. I use the Pro version, but […]
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IJ-Hallen

I love a good bargain, but most importantly I love to find unique little things for decor and vintage clothes. There are flea markets in Amsterdam but it’s not always that special. The Ij-Hallen¬†is the biggest flea market in Europe and truly a paradise of treasures and beauties. It happens every month during a weekend, both saturday and sunday. I love going there to lose myself between¬†the stands so full of things that it’s almost impossible to look at everything There are two parts to the market, the outside and inside. ¬†The outside has things like furniture, and bigger items and things and the inside has more clothing and rugs, eletronics, etc… But you can find almost the same things in both parts.¬†This day was particularly cold and rainy, so some things got wet on the outside stands. Don’t forget to get some¬†poffertjes to go along with your shopping, they have a place that makes fresh ones on the spot. There are also a couple food trucks for when hunger strikes (you can seriously get lost in there for a whole day) with fries and other dutch fried snacks. I hope you can get a feeling of how the market […]
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Cinequanon

While walking through the city to grab some chocolates, I stumbled upon this lovely small shop filled with treasures!¬†I was attracted to it immediately because of a display of posters they put on the street.¬†It didn’t take long before I went in and was amazed by the amount of stuff they had! It was like going into a treasure hunt, I’m a huge movie, posters, and photographs enthusiast aka Paraphernalia collector. They have awesome movie posters for sale starting from around 8 euros¬†and ranging from small or medium posters to huge ones that you can browse around in the store. There are also arthouse dvds, original¬†photographs of movie stars (legends), cool postcards, and film books (also vintage magazines).¬†Their collection of posters include classic, french, vintage, italian and many more. You should also browse carefully because there is many more to be found, if you have a good eye for artifacts. ūüėČ If you love old vintage movies or all that old glamour, make sure to step inside!   Adress Staalstraat 14, Amsterdam visit website
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Java Eiland

The eastern docklands can be just as charming as the center part of the city…One of my favorite places to hang out in the east is is Java-Eiland which is right by my house and never ceases to amaze me. There is¬†lot of architecture and history there, mixing maritime heritage with modern architecture.¬†You can find many cool interior design shops and waterside cafes and even a little green area to sit during those sunny summer days. You can take a nice stroll, going through all the nice “designy” bridges and watching people go about their¬†lives in their laid-back manner. If you would like to learn more about the architectural style found at java-Eiland then click here. So, let’s take a walk around Java-Eiland together… FOLLOW MY WALK The main way to get to Java Eiland is to go through the¬†Jan Schaefer bridge (or Java Bridge). The bridge is amazingly smooth and modern, and it can also be removed for when the festivities start for SAIL. The picture above is a clear view of the Veemkade from Java-Eiland, with all modern buildings… Relaxed atmosphere and stylish buildings and bridges… This area in the picture above is called Bogortuin ūüėČ and it’s […]
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Three days in Rio de Janeiro

We just came back from vacation in Brazil where we spent three wonderful weeks of family fun & travel, including Rio in some of them. Our trip to Rio was somewhat a special occasion that I can‚Äôt wait to tell you about. Here is everything we did in the three days we spent in my wonderful city. Day One <img src=”http://mrsgoldenberry.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2_days_in_rio_mrsgoldenberry-7014.jpg” alt=”” /> Chilling in Copacabana We stayed at the Porto Bay Copacabana, and it was our third time there. We keep coming back and this is for sure our favorite Hotel in Rio. It‚Äôs not budget friendly by far, but the location and service are amazing. It‚Äôs right at the Copacabana beach! We had drinks by the pool, went to the beach and for a jog along the beach sidewalk until the end of Copacabana, where the Fort of Copacabana is. If you pay R$ 6 per person you can go in (~3 euros), check out some of Rio‚Äôs history, get an amazing ocean view from the top and sit by a cafe with a view of the whole beach of Copacabana. A great local-ish thing to do. If you are a tourist in Copacabana during the weekend don‚Äôt forget to enjoy the […]
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Amsterdam Book Market Finds I

Hey everyone! I’m writing this post from Brazil! We flew out here for my mom’s birthday and we’ve just been enjoying the Brazilian winter. But I’m still going to share with you some of my latest purchase “book-wise” in Amsterdam. Anyone who is a book lover can related to buying books faster than you can read them. I over buy books, specially the old and rare ones. I also love to collect them and I’m fully aware of all the dusting I have to do! I’ll be sharing with you my new books (and I hope you will too in the comments section!) here in this new section so watch this space. I love going to the Amsterdam Book Market on fridays. I already posted about the market here before, and it’s definately one of my favorite places in town. If you follow me on snapchat (@mrsgoldenberry) you’ve probably seen me shopping for books there and showing the place around in my snaps. I find the market very inspiring, especially because it’s in the book square of Amsterdam so there are bookstores all around it too. Let’s check my latest finds Rock Critics’ Choice –¬†The Top 200 Albums I’m a […]
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Dining on the Moon

For our 6 year anniversary me and V. went fancy schmancy. I say this because last year we spent it playing Call of Duty in our apartment and stuffing our faces all day. Which was pretty great and anyone with a love of food and games – and staying in – can agree. But this time he surprised me and totally swept me out of my feet and took me to The Moon, literally. Well, let me clarify… The moon is a new restaurant here in Amsterdam with an amazing & creative concept, so their menu is innovative and completely delicious. Some people might only know it as the “revolving restaurant”. It’s located at the 19th floor of the new and improved old Shell Tower, now A’dam Toren. I thought about dining there before but I thought it would be a pain to get a reservation (which it was a bit, really)¬†so I just brushed the thought aside. Then after a few weeks our anniversary came in and surprise, we’re going to the moon. I wouldn’t make such a big deal about a restaurant if it weren’t this cool, so trust me that you will get¬†a pretty awesome experience. Who […]
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The Book Club Launch

Hello lovelies,¬†I am officially launching my book of the month “club”! This section will have everything, from books¬†finds,¬†reviews, book store tips, book hauls, and also a book of the month so we can read together!¬†I have given a lot of thought to this because I don’t like having any pressure on me to read anything. You know, when you pick up a book it’s something so personal, and you really need your time to immerse yourself into the story you’re reading. I just want this all to be very relaxed and laid back, you know? Just like reading¬†should be. How will it work? 1. Every month I will just put up a book and then you can pick it up & you¬†can read it if you want. You don’t have to finish in a month, but then the next month we’re going to talk about a new one! 2. This section will also contain all my book related stories &¬†posts I will be posting the first book of the month on Sunday 17th! Hope to see you all soon!
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Amsterdam Book Market

Amsterdam is a city with many great street markets, and this is one of my favourites. The Amsterdam Boekmarkt sells second-hand and antiquarian books (rare books), and takes place every friday at the Spui Square, infront of the Bejinhof¬†(great location for tourists!). The feel At first glance, the Amsterdam‚Äôs Book Market seems like a crowded effort to put a market (of any kind by a matter of fact) in the small Spui square, right in the middle of the city. But as you walk in, you can clearly see there are many treasures to be found and much to be seen. ¬†Many of the sellers are book dealers and have shops besides the stands at the market, some of which even deal rare books. If you look the smell and sight of old books, this is the right place to be in a friday in Amsterdam.¬†The 25 booksellers arrive here from all over Netherlands, and as far as Groningen. The market is lively, and a bit touristy.. For a real collector, this a chance to meet the booksellers from other cities in the Netherlands. Prices might be way above the average though, just a warning. Try to deal with the […]
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A not-gross guide to natural cleaning

I have a hate and love relationship with cleaning. I love when everything is clean but I hate doing it, but that’s not news to anyone in the world I guess? We live in an apartment by ourselves with a cat, so there shouldn’t be that much work, but it is. I noticed I use a lot of products for different things and I have to keep re-purchasing them all the time, and how expensive is dish-washer soap and laundry detergent? Seriously?? I also have no idea wtf goes in it. Is it safe? Don’t know. A lot goes into cleaning your home.¬†Some products can impose a hazard to our health and the environment and they are expensive. I’m too lazy to get on with cleaning most of the time, so many products and things to do. If you use less products and more natural solutions it can really simplify your life and save you money, time and space. For the sake of a eco-friendly home, I’ll be pointing out alternatives to plastic as well. Supplies Brushes, brooms, dustpans – A good place to start would be to stop buying plastic scrubbing brushes. If you already have a bunch of […]
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Five items beauty routine

I’ve come along way since my beauty 101 post¬†and although all those products I used to use were great (I’m still finishing up a couple of them), I wanted to move over to products I could either make myself or were multi-use. I now look back and think “Why did I have so many products?” and I know there are other women out there that have three times more than I used to, but that was exactly the opposite of what I wanted for myself. The routine I have now is a lot more minimalistic and easy to follow, and it’s more environment friendly. I’m not opposed to packaged products, although I think it’s wasteful to buy a lot of things in plastic packaging. My beauty routine happened to come to this now and I don’t know what it will look like in a couple months again. I have a lot of break-outs due to hormone problems and they are a pain to take care of, so I might still try out special creams or products if they don’t clear. Also FYI I just turned 26! Isn’t that the time to start a anti-age skin care routine? Oh, brother. Us […]
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DIY Alove vera healing cream

We get burned pretty often around here because we like to cook at home everyday, so me and V. will get the usual oil splash, burning water spill, hot pan handles, and suffer from invisible oven-mitt¬†paradox (where you can’t find yours and you use a tea towel and get burned after 3 secs.) One day, V. got his finger burned really bad from a splash of hot oil in the kitchen, so I googled what I could do to give him some relief. I saw that a lot of articles were talking about aloe vera for sunburns, and we happened to have aloe vera leafs at home (I wanted to try it on my hair)¬†so I decided to try it on his finger. I didn’t really know how to use it so I simply cut it open and rubbed it on his burn, and I was surprised to find out that the gel inside the leaf gets really cold as soon as it comes out. It felt refreshing on his skin and he used it for the rest of the day, rubbing it on his burn every hour or so. The next day his burn was doing a lot better […]
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Supplements for hashimotos

Hey guys! I know this subject is kind of¬†a downer but I think this post¬†can benefit a lot of people who will read it. Let’s sit down and talk about Hair loss and Hypothyroidism today! Even if you don’t have thyroid issues, I’m sure most people have suffered from some hair loss at some point of their lives.¬†Yes, talking about disease is a drag, but it needs to be said. People get sick, and apparently nowadays people are sicker than ever! I’m passionate about health, and if you read my blog, you know that. I have Hashimoto’s (a condition in which your immune system attacks your thyroid, so you have hypothyroidism and other “awesome” things). The basic standard treatment is only by prescribing synthetic¬†hormone¬†replacement (synthroid/levothyroxine), and that only treats your hypothyroid condition caused by the autoimmune attack. There is no treatment for the Hashimotos itself, but I don’t accept that! I’m a rebel child who likes to question everything and take charge of my own body! I’ve been doing my research for the past couple months (I was diagnosed in February) on how I can improve my health, and talking to other people who have the same issues as me. […]
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Spinach tamari tofu with basmati rice

I was never a big fan of tofu, I could never manage to cook it right or to get it crispy and tasty. I’ve finally learned how to “press” the damn thing and now I can proudly say that I can cook crispy awesome tofu!¬†I’m always looking for innovative ways to make tofu suck less, so I’ve come up with a simple recipe with some tasty veggies and some rice. I usually keep a container of rice in my fridge so I can easily grab for a quick lunch or dinner, and today it made it super easy to throw together a meal. The combination of mushrooms, spinach and hemp hearts made took the tofu to a new level for me. I normally just stir-fry tofu with whatever vegetables I’ve on hand, and sometimes the combination¬†is not as good, but this is a keeper so I decided to share it with you. The hemp hearts are perfect for giving a crisp texture to the tofu, and although I first started adding sesame seeds to my stir-fried tofu, I decided to add hemp hearts instead because of their nutritional values. I know some people find them controversial or a weird food, […]
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No non-sense gift-guide for kids

It’s almost my nephew’s first birthday and as cute as that is, it can also be a bit troubling. I set out to find a gift that wouldn’t just add to a pile of toys (I’m not sure how many toys he has but I’m thinking he doesn’t have too many for now), and I also wanted it to be plastic free, and maybe something that wouldn’t end up in a landfill later. And man, it was hard. It was actually kind of hard to find a kid’s toy or whatever that is not made of plastic, that he doesn’t have, or that is not super wasteful. I started to think that maybe other aunties and family members¬†out there probably have the same problem (I hope so) so I compiled a small list of ideas that might be full-proof for gifting a child from 0-4 years old. Nowadays kids have more toys than ever and sometimes even own more stuff than adults at times (Do they? I like to think that some do). There are many articles out there trying to warn parents about the dangers of kids having too much. Not only your child will play less and less […]
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Gerlos, Austria

This is our second time with family in Gerlos and at the same hotel, and last time I didn’t get the chance to hike, only to find out that I really really don’t like skiing! Picture this: girl falling in a split and her pair of skis flying about! Yes, I think everyone has had a bit of an accident when learning to ski, but I just can’t with the sport. Sorry skiers, I just don’t see the fun in poking the snow with sticks and going down a hill. (Good for you guys though) I’m honestly still willing to learn snowboarding at some point, but I’ve found my winter passion: hiking! It snowed heavily almost everyday we were there, but staying in was no problem-o with all the fun stuff they have to do in the hotel. I was well prepared with my Kobo¬†and Agatha Christie Collection so I could take in any amount of sitting around by resolving mysteries with Hercule Poirot. During this trip V. went snowboarding on alternate days, and hiked with me on his free days. After the first snow fall, we set out to hike and explore. We did two days, and just relaxed […]
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Packing light for heavy winter

We made it to the village, and we are all settled in the hotel. We’re going to hike, and also I’ll read and chill while V. goes snowboarding. The snow is fresh and the pistes are crowded. This is our second time having a family vacation (with the whole family) in this hotel and it’s one of the loveliest places I’ve been to. It’s such a darling, with all the wooden furniture and what-not, a spa, and a really relaxing feeling. This trip was a bit of a packing challenge for me. Last year when we travelled to Brazil in December I also took the challenge to pack less than I¬†normally do. But summer clothes are super easy to pack because they don’t take too much space, but winter stuff? The jackets, bulky pants, boots, thermal underwear, socks, scarves… So much to pack! I took upon myself to pack smart this time, and I think I’ve made some progress. We have been really into applying some minimalism into¬†our lives for the past months, so this had to happen. The problem is, I’m lousy at packing.¬†I’m a cross between the person who will bring a rice cooker to a hotel and […]
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Wintery Amsterdamse Bos

Winter is almost over here in The Netherlands, which means the trees and the tulips will be blooming soon and the parks will be filled with people enjoying warmer days. Our 500d Canon camera died last week after five long years of use, so we got a very awaited upgrade to the Canon 70D. Me and V. thought it would be a great opportunity to try out the new camera in an outdoor setting during a romantic-ish stroll in the forest. Yes, the Amsterdamse Bos is a man planted “park” but it’s now officially considered a forest in all of it’s glory. We visited both farms in the area, looking for some nice goat milk ice cream but they were both closed. With no ice-cream cone in hand and time to kill, we ended with a lot of pictures of the forest in the golden hour. The forest was really quiet, so we sat down to watch the airplanes pass by on their way to land at the Schiphol Airport. You can get a great view because they fly very low over the forest. This weekend we are heading out to the Austrian Alps for winter sports, so we can […]
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DIY all Natural Beet Blush

I’m so excited to share with you my first homemade blush recipe ever. People who know me might have heard of it, since I’ve been carrying it in my bag and showing it to everyone. “Try it! Here is a make-up blush! This is a blush, and I made it myself, all by myself! Can you believe it? With my own hands!” I’ll say over-enthusiastically, followed by a “Are you crazy?” look from my friends. Recently I had some fun re-creating some beauty products at home, in search of more natural solutions to rosy cheeks, oil-free hair, etc. I started to wonder if my everyday beauty vain needs would be actually be causing more harm than good, and started to search for ways to create my own make-up. I thought that starting with a homemade blush or lipstick recipe would be pretty okay for a first step, and after reading the ingredients on the blush I was using at the time, I decided to give the blush a go right away! So I went on the internet to order the ingredients I didn’t have, and one day later I was in the lab (my kitchen), prepared to fail. After many […]
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Restaurant Incanto

Italian food almost literally gives me life. I also happen to be one of those people who think italian restaurants are much more romantic than french ones. There is just something about an italian accent from the staff or slurping¬†some pasta that I find really enchanting. Incanto is a rather dressy kind of place, so I hold off my slurping and put on a nice dress for the evening. Their italian menu is very classic, simple and elegant, and it‚Äôs all signed by a Venetian¬†Chef¬†‚ÄstNicolo Rossi. All the food is homemade ‚Äď pasta, ice cream, you name it. This place is a bit¬†hard to find, which makes it a nicely hidden gem in the middle of town. When I say middle of town I mean it literally. It‚Äôs situated right in front of the famous Flower Market, and what it seems to me one of the most central buildings in Amsterdam. You have to look closely to find the little door with a small sign that says Incanto, and then go up the ‚Äď steep ‚Äď stairs. As you climb up you go past their wine cellar (they have over 150 Italian wines) to the second floor where you will […]
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Driving North

Old projector with modern technology. The screen is adjusted so all cars can get a good view, the movie quality is not like going to IMax, and you shouldn‚Äôt expect that either. The whole point of is to get that ‚Äúvintage‚ÄĚ feeling going. My mom told me about how she and my dad used to go to the movies at the drive-in. I always thought it was so dreamy and so comfortable to just be able to drive in, park and sit back, relax and watch a movie. Think about it, no rubbing of elbows, no one stealing your drink, no loud people (you can just close the windows), having a blanket and a pillow ‚Äď why not? ‚Äď all the food you want to take, a/c or heater (because you can choose whichever you want!), and being able to recline your chair. That was like my dream movie teather. Why did such thing ceased to exist? I can‚Äôt find a possible explanation. Really. Driving North is a ‚ÄúFestival‚ÄĚ per se, of movies featuring them in a drive-in they build just for the occasion. After last year‚Äôs success, they decided to do it again this year from the 1st of […]
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Gloomy Morning Rituals

As Autumn approaches, the weather in Amsterdam just gets gloomier and gloomier. I know a lot of people get excited for fall, but over here it‚Äôs just a lot of rain and wind, except for the days where the sun has a chance to shine and the parks are beautifully lit by warm sun light and colorful brown leaves falling from the trees. Poetry aside, it can get kind of boring to stay in during those stormy days. For those who work at home or are generally ‚Äúindoor-sy people‚ÄĚ, it can be a good excuse to take the day to relax a bit. When the gray days approach, I try to switch up my at home routine a bit to get a bit more energy and keep busy and healthy. 1. Nutritious delicious food Start your day with the right breakfast! This is a new combination I never thought I would try: Cut Avocado, Boiled eggs and Chia seeds. While browsing ‚Äúfit people‚ÄĚ profiles on Instagram (we all do that) I found a picture of a bowl full of avocado and boiled eggs and thought to myself ‚ÄúHere‚Äôs a new way for me to eat avocado in the morning!‚ÄĚ. It […]
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Sail-in Parade 2015 Diary

Boy,¬†the horns from tall ships are loud. But they are so beautiful that you just don’t care – even if you jump out and your drink spills everywhere every time they¬†go off. The SAIL is a huge¬†maritime¬†event that happens in Amsterdam every 5 years, and this year it¬†started on the 19th of August. ¬†Although the name of the event is SAIL, no one actually sails.¬†This is the¬†largest public event in the Netherlands, and tall ships come from all around the world¬†to moor in Amsterdam’s¬†eastern harbour, and they open to public visits. The first day of the event is called SAIL-In. All the tall ships arrive and people stop what their are doing to go watch them come. Many take chairs to sit by the channels, some people sail their boats around, some just stop their boats on the water to watch the show… Everyone is trying to get the best view. The ships arrived during the afternoon to anchor at the event’s location. Many choose to play music, do a presentation or just wave at everyone. Every five years, about¬†600 ships navigate along the North Sea Canal before mooring in and around the IJhaven in Amsterdam. While people were headed […]
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Cycling in Amsterdam for the first time: The Saga

Having a bike in Amsterdam is almost like having a weapon. Before you go on saying “Oh Giulianna, you’re so exaggerated!”, let me tell you a little story. When I first moved to Amsterdam, I already knew how to ride a bike properly – or so I thought. After I settled in our apartment, my boyfriend asked¬†“Ok, now all we need to get you a bike” to which I replied excitedly “Let’s do it!”, and my boyfriend then became all serious and asked me the question “Do you know how to ride a bike?” and I exclaimed¬†“Why yes, of course.” – because you see, I thought that I did. I was innocent, I was naive… And I didn’t know what my anxiety was capable of. Don’t get me wrong, using a bike in Brazil is just as dangerous (maybe more). But while the common fears you have when cycling in Brazil come from getting hit by cars all the time, in The Netherlands it comes from other cyclists and from tourist folk.I say tourist folk, because I truly believe those people were normal before they got on an airplane and stepped here. After that, they became another kind of human […]
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Rem Eiland Amsterdam

This is one of the coolest restaurants I’ve been to in Amsterdam. With breathtaking views and also breathtaking staircases, the place is full of history and good food – of course. For those who visit, you might wonder how and why they built a restaurant up there (I know I did!) and there is actually a pretty interesting story behind it. History cut short, in the 60’s there was only one television channel in The Netherlands (can you imagine that?) and the government did not allow commercial television, so they broadcasted from the sea! This island was built in the north sea, and was known back then as the pirate broadcasting station for the¬†Radio and TV Noordzee, until the army shut it down. After that, the artificial island was moved and used for many purposes, but in 2006¬†was relocated to Amsterdam and caught the attention of bussiness men¬†Nick van Loon (from a prestigious family in The Netherlands – they even have their own museum) and Hilly Engels. They thought “why not make it a restaurant?” (obviously that’s what you think when you see an old pirate tv broadcast station)¬†and savd it from demolition at the time and transformed it into […]
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The basic spring coat

I’ve been searching for the perfect black coat for a long time, and I wanted something to get me by during the changing weather, transitioning from winter to spring. I happened to find the perfect one during the opening of the new Every.day.counts store on Kalverstraat here in Amsterdam. They had an opening night with drinks and what-not, and a nice 25% discount on all items in the store. I popped by and tried on a few things, had a few drinks… Some fashion bloggers gave me their suggestions as well, and the staff was so friendly, and this coat fit me like a glove! The sleeves cover my whole arm but they also allow space and if i move my arms they retract a bit, which I think is great for warmer days. Most of the coats I own have very long sleeves and although it’s great for winter, it’s not very nice during super sunny days with cold¬†wind (that’s kind of the spring we have here). It has a great cut and shape, and it’s not too boyish for this kind of model. It looks very sleek and I love the pockets! The material is wool but it’s […]
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Puccini Bomboni

Before we start talking about chocolates, I must tell you I’m not a big fan of them. They are a rare treat for me, and I’m extremely picky when it comes to taste and texture. So, to glamour a person like me, it would have to be a hell of a good truffle. And it is. Puccini Bomboni has three stores in Amsterdam, and they are located in¬†very convenient places for the tourists. Their chocolates are of great quality and¬†exquisite intriguing flavours. As you walk in, you can immediately see all their truffles carefully arranged over the counter on glass displays. But hold on, if you are a big chocolate fan, the temptation of choosing far too many truffels might be too overwhelming, but I assure you they are quite filling and I can’t even eat more than one a day (even though I love them so much). Make sure to take your time to shop there, since you must choose your truffles carefully by telling the attendant which ones you want, while she puts it in a box or bag for you and then weights it on the scale. If the shop is full, it might take sometime but […]
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Hidden gem in Amsterdam: Begijnhof

One of the best Amsterdam’s historical hidden gems, the Bejinhof is a closed courtyard cut off from all the noise and rushed life of the city. Although it’s located in the Spui – a very busy area of the city – the place has a¬†sanctified atmosphere. The Bejinhof (B√©guinage) was built as a sanctuary and living place for Catholic sisters (Begijntjes or Beguines) who lived like nuns – although they never took oficial vows – ¬†and dates from the 14th century. They came to live in Amsterdam around 1150 to look after the sick, and had to be unmarried,¬†to take¬†vows of chastity and ¬†obedience to the parish priest. Since they were not oficially nuns, they could leave anytime they wanted. The¬†B√©guinage consists of houses, a small garden, a chapel and a church. History tells that in a sunday of the year 1345, ¬†there was a sick man in the Kalverstraat (nowadays a shopping street that is right next to Spui square) that received the Sacred Host¬†when a priest administered the Sacrament of the Sick to him. The host left his body and was thrown up on¬†a fire where people said they could see it float above flames. A local woman […]
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Hakata Senpachi

I’ve always loved¬†Japanese food, but found it hard to find very authentic restaurants¬†with good quality ingredients and dishes. One night, while browsing places on FourSquare – and saving the ones I like, something I do often and recommend you do too! – I saw “Ramen” (A japanese noodle dish, delish!) was trending in Amsterdam and decided to take a look at places that served Ramen. If you are not familiar with Ramen and all you ever have in a japanese restaurant is sushi, let me tell you right now that it’s one of the most delicious and comforting dishes you can eat! And by the way, at Hakata Senpachi they don’t serve sushi, like ever. ¬† ¬† Ramen Lunch Unfortunately they only serve the best-ramen-ever during the weekends, from 12:00 to 3:00pm. So I recommend you arrive on time, and take the menu. This is the best ramen in town! Sidenote: they import their noodles from Japan and everything! Dinner Karash mentaiko (Cold spicy codfish eggs) in the starters, Yakitori chicken hearts,¬†Hiya-yakko (for tofu fans and vegetarians), Nasu-Dengaku (eggplant with homemade miso sauce on top),¬†Wakadori-Karaage (Japanese style deep fried chicken), Guy (grilled beef on a stick), Gyu-Tan (Quail eggs! Coming […]
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Visiting the Mont of St. Michel in France

If you are into travel I bet you must have a wishlist of places you want to visit around the world. Well, this place was on the top 10 of my list and now I¬†can officially say I crossed it off the list! Mont Saint-Michel is located on top of a rocky island in the Couesnon River, in Normandy, France. And it’s awesome. History tells bishop of Avrances ordered a sanctuary (sorta lika a shrine mostly) to be built on the top of the rocky islet, instructed by¬†Archangel Michael himself in 708. At first the bishop ignored this request many times but then Michael showed him who’s boss and burned a hole on the bishop’s head with his finger. Things were a bit more rough back then with the angels. Before all this happened, the island used to¬†be¬†called Mont Tombe (tumb). At the top of the abbey you can see a statue of¬†Archangel Michael killing a dragon – that symbolises evil. A lot of monks moved to the Abbey in the 11th¬†century and a small village started to be slowly formed around the¬†island. The french see the place as a great national treasure, specially after the¬†Hundred Years’ War between France […]
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A very merry DIY snow globe tutorial

I absolutely adore Snow Globes. I even started a snow globe collection from places I would travel to, but could only make it to two globes. Not only they are heavy to carry in your bag when you’re travelling, but they are expensive as heck. I mean, it’s just a glass globe filled with water and some figurine, right? (at least the ones you can buy as a souvenir) I now buy decorative bookmarkers and mugs. Since one of the problems with nice snow globes is that they are too expensive, I decided to go after a DIY tutorial to learn how to make my own. I knew it would be messy – but I didn’t know it would be frustrating! After many trials and slaving over pots of glitter and water, using the wrong glue, and slipping on wet floors (I’m the definition of grace), I finally made a fairly simple home-made snow globe I could be proud of. And that’s what I’m going to teach you now. You need these things: – Liquid Glycerin (this will make the glitter have a snow falling effect) – Glitter – Epoxy – Glass jar – A tiny plastic white Christmas tree […]
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Freebie: Wallpaper “Read more”

It’s almost christmas so I wanted to give something away, and since I’m too lazy (and it’s too cold) to go to the post office, here is a digital gift! I love books and reading, but sometimes life gets too busy and we need to remind ourselves to make time for our little friends (is it creepy that I call books my “little friends”? Tell me in the comments) The picture and handwriting are¬†by yours truly. Download iPhone4 – iPhone 5 – iPhone6 – Android/Galaxy iPad/Tablets – iPad mini Desktop¬†(1024×768) – Desktop¬†(2560 x 1440)
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15 apps for better instagram photos

I love taking pictures ‚ÄĒbut who doesn’t nowadays? Because of that, I¬†obviously have tried¬†a big part of all of the photo apps out there. My phone is always my easiest way to take pictures when I’m on the go, since DSLR cameras are quite heavy for me to carry in my purse with all my stuff. Taking pictures with your phone also makes it a lot more fun to share on social media outlets such as Instagram and Facebook, so the app industry is investing heavily on new and exciting new ways you can edit your pictures on your phone. Here is a list of the 15 apps that I think are the best apps for editing pictures and that I personally use everyday.¬†And although I use iOS, I didn’t forget my Android friends and added links for the android versions or equivalents. Photoshop Express¬†(iPhone¬†/¬†Android) This is Photoshop’s official app and you can do a lot of corrections with it. It does have a couple filters in it though. PicTapGo¬†(iPhone)¬†$1,99 I’m a huge fan of this app, it’s my favourite for¬†creating your own filters. You can select from a big gallery of filters, from the most simple to the most […]
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Drawing supplies

I’ve recently purchased beautiful pro-markers from Letraset, and they are a delight to use. I love drawing and illustrating little animals and other objects on paper, and I find water-colour a bit messy to use sometimes compared to markers. These markers give your design a little bit of a watermark feeling in the end if used correctly, and it’s just lovely! These are the colours I use the most. The names are Cocoa, Pastel Pink, Amber, Duck Egg, Black, Yellow, Orchid, Mint Green, and Berry Red. These markers have a twin-tip, meaning that on one end is thick like a normal marker, and the other end is thinner. The thick tip makes it easy to fill in large areas, and the thin tip is great for creating shadow by over-layering and depth. A set of calligraphy pens go well with the markers for text or for lines. This is a Pilot set of three lettering pens, in 10, 20 and 30. I also use a set of pens by Stabilo point 88. They are just average colours that you might need for any drawing. You can purchase this same set from this link. You can check pictures of their store on […]
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Halloween read list

I wanted to¬†list all the scary movies that are worth watching for Halloween, but¬†I thought to myself, why go for movies if reading something scary is better than seeing it on the screen? To have to picture a whole horror story in your mind while reading, is a much better experience than having to put up with bad actor choices or low quality movie effects. I’ve collected all my favorite scary reads that I think are worth reading… Happy Halloween! Memnoch is the¬†fifth volume of Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, and also the most controversial book I think she’s ever written. She digs into religious themes and even goes as far as making up how some things might have or might have not happened in the times of the creation according to the Bible, all the way to when Memnoch was punished to Hell. Memnoch is also a name used for The Devil, who stalks Lestat during the beginning of the book. I really want to write more about this book but I fear I might have already spoiled it a bit just by telling you this! If you buy it, do not read reviews or descriptions about it before you […]
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The real fairy tale stories

I purchased this book last year, but I couldn’t finish reading it until now. Not that it’s not an enjoyable read – of course it is – but there are too many tales and I felt like I needed to take my time, coming back to the book from time to time, to enjoy another tale. Like you do with treats. As you can tell from the book cover, this isn’t your average fairy tale book. All these tales were german tales, and were collected by the german brothers¬†Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm.¬†The first volume ever of this collection¬†was published in 1812, with 85 stories. This edition has¬†752 pages and over 120 tales. The Gimm’s Fairy Tales collection have been much criticized over the years, since the creppy tales are more on the twisted side than “happy-ending” stories. But on the contrary, they are inspired in real life stories, and very much realistically written. Disney have used many of these tales, and portrayed them in their own way, which was far from accurate. But hey, who doesn’t want a happy ending and less creppy version of Rapunzel and Snow White? This edition¬†features tales including¬† classics such as Cinderella , Snow White […]
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The best dutch ice cream cone in Amsterdam

There aren’t nearly as many ice cream shops in Amsterdam as there are in any little city in Italy, but there is some good ice cream to be eaten in The Netherlands and certainly one of the best is in this ridiculously little ice cream shop at the¬†Nieuwendijk. It might be that you only find it enjoyable to have some ice cream in The Netherlands during the short dutch summer, but even during winter I wouldn’t skip a cone from this shop! If you are passing by or only in Amsterdam for a few days, I definitely would give¬†the dutch whipped ice cream a try! It’s cheap, and leaves a smile on your face. The ice cream consistency is similar to – eek – shaving cream in some parts. I don’t mean it will taste like it, obviously! It’s just extremely soft and melts in your mouth, just like fresh whipped cream would! Well, we better think of a whipped cream consistency instead of shaving cream. Forget the shaving cream. They only have this option on the menu (it’s their specialty). You can have it on a cone or in a small plastic cup. There some other things available to […]
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