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Amsterdam. Who hasn’t heard stories of canals, red lights and joints? But Amsterdam is so much more than that!
It is incredibly easy to find your way around the city. Especially in the Centrum, all you have to do is follow the Grachten, the small canals that run in rings from the Amstel and the IJ all around the city centre. To find your way back, you just need to remember how often you crossed the water.
Amsterdam is full of bicycles and cyclists do have right of way. Mind you, a lot of the streets in the old town are cobblestoned, but riding your bike along the shore of the Grachten will make you feel like a native in no time.
Welcome to this week’s Weekend Coffee Share. How are you?
If we were having coffee today, we’d sit and enjoy the lovely sunshine out on the patio. It is a glorious day, and I’ve got sore muscles from a lot of walking and driving, so I fancy a day at home.
If we were having coffee, I’d tell you that I had a blast this week! My best friend Véronique and her husband Dave came to visit me on their delayed honeymoon and stayed with me from Saturday until yesterday.
Shout-out to all the girls who travel, because we’re awesome. Men, take note! We may not wear the latest fashion or stay in one place for too long, but believe me when I say travelling girls are worth it!
Date a girl who travels. Date a girl who would rather save up for out of town trips or day trips than buy new shoes or clothes. She may not look like a fashion plate, but behind that tanned and freckled face from all the days out in the sun, lies a mind that can take you places and an open heart that will take you for what you are, not for what you can be.
Date a girl who travels. You’ll recognize her by the backpack she always carries. She won’t be carrying a dainty handbag; where will she put her travel journal, her pens, and the LED flashlight that’s always attached to her bag’s zipper? In a small purse, how can she bring the small coil of travel string, the wet tissues, the box of crackers, and the bottle of water she’s always ready with, just in case something happens and she can’t go home yet?
Yes, a girl who travels knows that anytime, anything can happen and she just has to be prepared with it. Nothing takes her by surprise; she takes everything with equanimity, knowing that such things are always a part of life. She’s reliable and dependable, traits that she’s learned while on the road.
You’ll also recognize a girl who travels by the fact that she’s always amazed at the world around her, no matter if she’s in her home town or in a place that’s totally new. She sees beauty all around her, not just the ones featured in travel guides or shown in postcards. A girl who travels has developed a deeper appreciation for life. She won’t judge you, or pressure you to do things you don’t want to do. She knows too much about the importance of identity and self-efficacy, and she will appreciate all the more if you won’t pretend to be who you’re not.
However, I’m not a beach bum and probably into more heavy-duty stuff than Sun, Sea & Romance chick lit. So I decided to post my Top 10 Travel Books instead. It’s still summer holiday related, right?
If you’ve never read a travel book before you have missed out! But if you’d like to try some, I recommend the following: For lighter, witty yet authentic accounts I’d start with Bill Bryson. Then move on to Paul Theroux for some of the best (and vivid) armchair travelling you’ll ever do. And then pick your way around the world. After all, travel reading is just as addictive as actually travelling.
Here’s my Top 10 of Awesome Travel Books (in no particular order):