Exploring the Netherlands: Amsterdam

Two weekends ago I headed to Amsterdam on a little solo adventure. I had been to this fabulous city before (as well as many hours logged at the Airport) but this was the first time since living here that I boarded a train alone for a mini-vacation.

As an Expat and writer who spends most of my time at home alone, I was really longing to make some new friends. One day I stumbled upon this blog written by another American living in the Netherlands.  Along with her friend, she started an Expat Bloggers Brunch- a group that meets once a month to exchange ideas and generally muss about Expat life in the Netherlands. I got bold and emailed her and invited myself to the gathering.

I am SO glad that I went! It was an amazing experience to meet other Expats who were writers, living in Holland (usually with Dutch boyfriends or husbands) and realize I am not alone.  It was such an inspiring experience, and I truly look forward to cultivating friendships with these fabulous ladies. If you are interested, listed below are their blogs:

Lily Wanderlust, A Georgia Peach, Poppies and Ice Cream, Dutch Tales, HollanDaze, Christa Cordova, Pick the Wild Card, and Awesome Amsterdam.

Canal in Amsterdam, May 2013.

Canal in Amsterdam, May 2013.

Expat Bloggers Brunch in Amsterdam

Expat Bloggers Brunch in Amsterdam

Cheese Shop in Amsterdam.

Cheese Shop in Amsterdam.

Flowers in Amsterdam.

Flowers in Amsterdam.

Exploring the Netherlands: Keukenhof

Last week we ventured off on a little road trip to the Keukenhof. This majestic garden features the most glorious flowers ever. Seriously. In every color of the rainbow, the garden showcased flowers ranging from tulips to lilies to narcissus and even somehow managed to make carnations seem alluring. 

I live in the Northern part of Holland so it was about a 2 and a half hour drive to Lisse all along the way we past fields and fields of colorful tulips in rows as far as the eye can see. I had seen these images featured on postcards but to see it in person was truly something.

We stayed the night on the North Sea (about 15 miles from Lisse) at a beautiful old Hotel- Hotel van Oranje. It was truly a charming little getaway!

(**Please Note that the below photos have not been retouched or enhanced at all, these are actually the colors! Amazing, I know!)

If only my home garden was this fabulous!

If only my home garden was this fabulous!

My favorite colour of tulips.

My favorite colour of tulips.

Me, in a field of tulips.

Me, in a field of tulips.

More glorious flowers...

More glorious flowers...