A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I decided to take a spontaneous three-day trip to Amsterdam. We have a long-distance relationship which works out fine for the most part and we try to see each other every other weekend but sometimes it’s nice to get away to somewhere new and explore together.

I have actually been to Amsterdam twice, but the last time I went was at 17 so it’s been a while and D has actually never been. From where he lives in Münster it is only a 2 1/2 hour drive so easily manageable (although I first had to take a four-hour train up to Münster…). We drove to our hotel on a Sunday and got to our hotel quite late so didn’t explore much that day. D found our hotel the “Student Hotel” which is located slightly outside the centre… however, it turned out to be the perfect place to stay. They had amazing breakfasts, we were able to rent bikes and the rooms were pretty cool, too.

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These pictures were taken on our first full day there – and what a lovely day it was. After breakfast we set out on our bikes – cycling around the canals and the Vondelpark (where we were interrupted by a short hail storm). We went all the way up to the Eye Filmmuseum, located in the north of Amsterdam and you have to catch a ferry to get there which was fun. We didn’t actually visit the museum but enjoyed lunch in their restaurant looking over the harbour. We continued cycling through the canals and decided to visit the botanical gardens which were really beautiful. The “Hortus Botanicus” is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the world, established in 1638 and houses over 6000 plants, some as old as 2000 years! It was very quiet and relaxing – and a good place to snap some photos, too.

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From the botanical gardens we wandered around the canals, stopping off at (many) vintage shops. I am trying to be more mindful of what I buy and while I could never just stop buying clothes (I love them to much) – I think that sourcing items second hand is a great alternative. You can often find really unique pieces that are of much better quality than stuff from the high-street… and it’s usually not too expensive either. I am thinking about writing a post on vintage shopping, so stay tuned. Anyway – I found a lovely cashmere cardigan which was a steal!

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The evening was then spent at the hotel – we were pooped after walking and cycling around all day. We had pizza and had a look at the photos D took that day. How good are they by the way? I am super impressed with them, given that he has only really started taking photos a year or so ago.

That’s it for day one, hope you enjoyed it! Day two coming soon…

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