Amsterdam = houseboats, hammocks and glitter

June 2, 2010

After 10 days in Amsterdam, I’m now officially ready to announce that I could live there. I liked it that much. I almost never say that about cities I visit (with the exception of Cape Town, South Africa). It’s definitely my favorite European city so far.

Why’d I love the city so much? Maybe it’s because I got to spend nearly a week with a Belgian friend who lives there and showed me around. Or maybe because I attended a unique Dutch-style wedding (for two American friends) that included cocktail hour on a boat while floating around the canals. Or because just being out of the States — for the first time since I returned home from Africa a year and a half ago — felt so freeing. Inspired by the travel, I made some serious improvements to my manuscript.

A few of my favorite photos from the trip:

Houseboats line Amsterdam’s canals:

Male dancers covered in gold glitter took the spotlight — literally — at a club where we partied after the wedding:

This store sells only hammocks. I want a hammock when I grow up:

A bicycle parking lot:

Me in Antwerpen, Belgium:

And now it’s back to the real world. Job-hunting and manuscript-revising, hooray!

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