Exploring, W10: The rules of the road according to the Iron Lady

Week 10 starts with Mr & Mrs Expat Julia welcoming a new bicycle into the family, hip hip hoera!  It wasn’t that long ago that I was a car loving English gal looking curiously at these pedal driven contraptions, and smiling politely at the mention of getting my own.  Now I am positively looking for anywhere … More Exploring, W10: The rules of the road according to the Iron Lady

Exploring, W5: New Places 6, Dents in Ego 2

Week 5 started with a heavy frost and a trip to a sugar-coated Beatrixpark, sausage soup at La Place and a beautifully shot silent movie at Pathe Tuschinski. Having spent four whole months procrastinating, I finally visited the Amsterdam Museum proudly clutching my newly purchased Museumkaart.  With only 58 minutes until it shut a quick … More Exploring, W5: New Places 6, Dents in Ego 2

Umbrellas: The best of 2011, Rod Stewart and Apocalypse Now

Sure it’s not quite photojournalism. And for all its bells and whistles the iPhone lacks the charm of a Nikon F. But photographing these poor umbrellas has become something of a pastime for me. So sometimes, as I’m doing my best Rod Stewart shuffle struggling to get the picture I want, I can’t help but feel … More Umbrellas: The best of 2011, Rod Stewart and Apocalypse Now

Woensdagen Woord: Nu Betalen (niet betalen)

Wednesday’s word was going to be oliebollen (doughnut) as it is an oft used word in the house of Julia to signify the occurrence of a very daft thing indeed. However, and for reasons soon to be very, very apparent, I have changed it to afbreken and ‘nu betalen‘.  Don’t worry though, you’ll get an opportunity to cry … More Woensdagen Woord: Nu Betalen (niet betalen)

These boots are made for walkin’

  Aren’t these fabulous?  Alas they aren’t mine… This photograph was taken for submission to the Digital Photography School weekly assignment, which this week is “Colour: Blue”.  After much soul-searching, crossing of fingers in the hope that my eyes turned a vibrant shade of blue overnight and even a throw back to the eighties, nineties and now … More These boots are made for walkin’

Crack! Sparkle! Whoosh! What a way to start the New Year!

Amidst the annual popping, whizzing, crackling and banging of fireworks across Amsterdam this New Year’s Eve was the best fireworks display I have ever seen.  As I hung out of the balcony to peer a foot deeper into the horizon I became aware of three dark figures rummaging around in the square some 50 metres … More Crack! Sparkle! Whoosh! What a way to start the New Year!

Freshly picked

Originally posted on 30s Magazine:
It’s that time of the year again! The Pick Your Own (PYO) farms are open to the public again (in Dutch: zelfpluktuin). And I’m an avid harvester. Moreover, in summer I hardly buy any fruit in the supermarket or at the farmers market. I go to the PYO farm weekly…

Exploring, Wk18 tot en met 22; Expat Julia learns Dutch

Weeks 18-22 were mainly spent learning Dutch.  Yep, that’s right, Dutch. I’ve been tinkering with the idea of taking lessons since moving to Amsterdam and finally enrolled on an intensive Dutch course for beginners.  Four and a bit weeks of lessons, almost every day, 9.30-12.  Wow, that’s a lot I thought. Four and a bit … More Exploring, Wk18 tot en met 22; Expat Julia learns Dutch

Exploring, Wks 15&16: England, James! (and don’t spare the horses!)

Weeks 15 & 16 were mostly spent in England, eating lunch, drinking wine and laughing at all the funny English things.  Mr Expat Julia and I giggled like schoolchildren as we hiked around a deserted warehouse sized Tesco at 11 o’clock at night, complete with a 24 hours Dunkin’ Donuts.  I even took a picture, so … More Exploring, Wks 15&16: England, James! (and don’t spare the horses!)

Exploring, Wk 13: Smart cities and beautiful bags, it’s an odd combination

Week 13 started with a visit to the Tassenmuseum (Handbag Museum) which, as you would expect, is full of lots of lovely handbags and immediately rouses the desire for a new handbag!  My favourite pieces on display were the powder compacts from the days of old – when a lady would pluck a compact from her purse, discretely dab the … More Exploring, Wk 13: Smart cities and beautiful bags, it’s an odd combination

Exploring, Wks11&12: Submarines and the case of the flying mushroom

What does one do when a pot of creme fraiche launches itself from your wicker bicycle basket as you gayly cycle home from the supermarket?  Dodge the flying mushrooms of course, because they’re next to go!  And then, so I’m told, it’s good manners to pull over and quickly retrieve the items strewn in your … More Exploring, Wks11&12: Submarines and the case of the flying mushroom