We were talking the other day about how untypical it has been to revisit a country you’ve had the chance to travel before. I mean, there are a few exceptions (for work Maeghan would travel to certain cities each year for conferences) but to visit a city you went to when you were in your 20s and then revisit 7 years later is a pretty cool experience.
Maeghan came to the Netherlands during college and has family scattered across the small country. She remembers having little money and being nervous to travel on her own without some sort of direction. But this time around, we’ve been lucky to make friends while traveling, had the time to mature as travellers and that makes visiting the same places in a totally different mindset is pretty awesome.
After some time in Amersfoort, we visited Utrecht and Amsterdam and got to indulge in some super fun stuff.
Oh, we also learned a lot about the Netherlands. 1) Maeghan was brought up calling it Holland. Turns out, there is an interesting reason why (Watch the CPG grey video to explain) 2) This country is tiny and so easy to get around in comparison to most of the other places we’ve visited 3) Everything and everyone is awesome here. So you should visit ❤
We celebrated Maeghan’s birthday in Amersfoort and she was totally spoiled. After the early gift of Balloon rides in Cappadocia, we got to tour around where her grandparents lived and grew up and had a awesome dinner at a jazz pub near by with family.
So these are house boats. People buy the spot on the water and build a house that is anchored there. We were kind of mind blown, some of these house boats are super modern!
We had a jam-pack planned Saturday in Amsterdam. It started with Maeghan trying to be cool like all the young kids and get her ear pierced (she felt very hardcore), then strolling through some markets and craft beer stores as it was Zwanze Day (A special beer event from one of Oli’s favorite breweries) until we reached our final destination at a concert, The Pineapple Thief, that Oli had been looking forward to for weeks!
We made some Canadian friends from Newfoundland dat the bar and talked all about living and traveling abroad, and how crazy of a place Amsterdam can be!
The demographic of attendees was older, so there was no pushing, no garbage on the floor, lots of space and really nice people all around! What a way to enjoy a concert! :P
The next day, Banksy had one of his famous pieces auctioned off and to everyone’s surprise, he had it self- shred upon purchase. So Oli felt very relevant after learning all about Banksy.