August Playlist

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The August playlist has finally arrived! This month I’ve been listening to jazzy Europop by Petite Meller, sunny songs from TIEKS and dreamy tones from The Avalanches, among others. Needless to say, I am holding on for the last bit of summer vibes.

Follow the August 2016 playlist here!

App of the week: Polaroid Swing

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Yet again, polaroids are reinvented with another image app. As a big fan of the Polaroid brand, I was very excited to learn about the release of the brand new app Swing. The imaging app lets you shoot 60 burst photos that develop into animated images. This is not the first app of its kind, what sets Swing apart is that you control the playback of the moving picture with the motion of your phone and your fingertips.

Swing is still a very basic application, and you are not even able to comment on pictures yet. At the same time, Swing presents a pleasing minimalistic design in its simplicity and is very straightforward to use.

 

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You can download Polaroid Swing in the app store

Loving Lisbon

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Our European mini-tour continued in Lisboa (you can read all about our 12-hour stay in Amsterdam here). Coming from rainy and cloudy weather in the Netherlands, it was quite nice feeling the 34*+ celsius degree weather right away when leaving the airplane. We rented an AirBnb-apartment in the Mouraria-area, a colorful and multicultural area of Lisbon close to the city center, Saint George’s Castle and Alfama (the heart of the historic fado-movement).

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This was the perfect timing to visit Lisboa since we got to experience Portugal winning the Euro 2016 football championship with the whole city watching in excitement at the main city square. We also went to the Nos Alive Festival  – one of Europes biggest music festivals located at Passeio Maritimo de Alges, right by the beach. A perfect getaway 20 minutes away from the city center.

Check out my vacation video from Amsterdam and Lisboa here:

 

 

Groeten uit Amsterdam

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I recently spent around 12(!) hours in Amsterdam, and what an amazing city it is! The canals, the crooked, narrow apartment buildings (Amsterdam is sinking y’all!) and the uber cool bicycle scene is just some of the stunning scenery this capital has to offer. This is by all means not an ultimate travel guide since we only spent half a day here, but I wanted to share the areas and places I went to since our stay was very successful.

Eat: A delicious, healthy breakfast at Greenwoods, right by the canals in Singel street. This place whipped up one of the best chicken and avocado sandwiches I’ve ever tried.

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Stay: At the W – the hotel is steps from its vibrant nightlife and shopping scene. Enjoy the rooftop cocktail bar that even offers an outdoor pool.

Shop: In the Negen Straatjes area. This shopping area is located in the canal district and is full of narrow streets. These nine streets connects the main canals between Leidsestraat and the Jordaan district. You will find art galleries, cafés, restaurants, small boutiques and a lot of great vintage stores.

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Walk: All over the city, or rent a bicycle.

Party: At Chicago Social Club – this night went straight to my list of my best nights out ever. The theme of the night was 90s R’n’B which was a pleasant nostalgic trip down memory lane.

Useful phrases!

Good morning – Goeiemorgen

Good evening – Goeienavond!

Thank you (very much) – Dank je / Bedankt (thank you very much= Heel erg bedankt)

Excuse me …! (to ask for something) – Mag ik even wat vragen?

Can you help me? – Kan je me helpen?/ Kan U me helpen? (polite)

Come with me! – Kom met me mee! ;-)

Make sure you check out my travel video from Amsterdam and Lisbon:

 

 

Alice in Paris

Screen Shot 2016-07-23 at 11.59.41I loved discovering this cute little series about Alice in Paris by Tastemade. Alice brings us around Paris, always on the look out for her next grandé food adventure. Sometimes she’s looking for the perfect eggs, other times she pretends to move into cozy cafés – Alice is definitely a charming reminder of Amélie.

Fall in love here:

You will find all 9 episodes of the season (so far) here