Yes, I finally went back to Amsterdam indeed. After visiting this beautiful place a few times in the past, I did not even think about going back for quite a while and almost forgot how charming and wonderful it is in this city until I booked a surprise trip for my special someone at the beginning of the year. I definitely fell in love with Amsterdam again on this trip and would go back immediately. We spent four days strolling, exploring and eating and had an overall amazing time. As I have been to Amsterdam before we skipped some of the main attractions and purely focused on having a relaxed little vacation. We ended up sampling a lot of dutch cheese, visited the Tropical Museum for more than 3 hours one afternoon and had the loveliest time in the sunny and lively Vondelpark. Besides a very windy first day (where I was forced to buy the most hideous hat ever...) we were spoiled with good weather and I guess everybody would fall in love with a place like Amsterdam in early spring.
Our hotel was called "Hotel Not Hotel" and was quite a gem. Although a tiny bit outside the city (if you rent a bike or buy a day ticket for the tram it´s really no big deal at all) it was hip, very modern and unique. Every room looked different and the rooms on the upper floor where located behind massive bookshelves, filled with all books sitting on your to-be-read-pile. Definitely a good place to stay!
Jeans Gina Tricot / Turtleneck Top + Belt + Bag + Hat Vintage / Fluffy Jacket New Yorker / Jewellery Brandy Melville & Forever 21 / Shoes Vagabond
I knew I wouldn´t end up chasing up and down on the high streets to fill my bags with things I could also buy back home, but I enjoyed browsing through the lovely shops on "De 9 straatjes" -an area full of bookshops, independent clothes shops and coffee places. I took home only one piece of clothing from the very good selected, yet tiny more expensive secondhand shop "Episode", that probably is no secret tip at all anymore, as I already shopped there on my first visit about 6 years ago.
And yes, I could not stay away from all the bookshops. We had our first cup of coffee inside the "Scheltema" bookstore, which has a very nice, yet small dedicated room for English books. Not quite so small was the "ABC American Book Center" which offers such an amazing and broad selection of English books, graphic novels and magazines, that I spent way too much time in there. Just outside of the ABC was also a bookish flea market full of used books (open only on Fridays though), where I got myself another Virginia Woolf novel for my collection.
The weekend was certainly one of my favourite trips in a long time and Amsterdam climbed high up on my beloved-European-cities-list. Because I had caught a cold before we left, I missed out on exploring the city by bike, so I have to come back at some point to tick this off the bucket list. I love how travelling makes you always long for more. Every time I pack my bags and visit a place, I´d love to just keep on going other places afterwards or simply stay a little longer. Amsterdam has definitely not seen the last of me and I can´t wait for more trips this year.