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It's good to be back at one of my most visited European cities ever!
Something that has been facilitated by the fact that I have awesome family living in the outskirts of Amsterdam and neighboring bordertowns in Germany, so coming here has mostly been family-related. And to be honest, I've always sorta kinda hated coming to Europe as a child, as I didn't really appreciate constantly spending my summer vacations between Asia and Europe.

But times have changed! I'm older, maybe wiser! My interests in Holland renewed! Particularly these past 2 visits to Amsterdam. Back in October 2007, I traveled with a group of friends and experienced the fun, crazy side of the city - something I could never do with my family. Let alone as a 12 year old. Now in October 2015, I get to experience the leisure side with my husband (and on a more explorative sense) before roadtripping to Austerlitz for my Aunt and Uncle's 25th wedding anniversary.

As it was my hubster's first time in Amsterdam, we squeezed in some touristy bits, but for the most part it was all about enjoying what the city had to offer. The second we stepped out of our AirBnB in the Jordaan neighborhood, we'd walk around aimlessly, delightfully getting lost amongst the beautiful canals. Found a few noteworthy restaurants to dine in, spotted a bunch of picturesque canal photo ops, and even sniffed out a snazzy cocktail bar as a nightcap. So good, we went back 2 nights in a row! On our last day in Amsterdam, we rented a car to roadtrip our way to my relative's town, oh, about 1.5hr south of Amsterdam. Driving in and around Amsterdam ain't no easy feat. (But less so in Rotterdam, Utrecht and Kinderdijk.) The separate cyclist traffic lights and random rogue trams complicated the right of way ... and those left turns? A nightmare! But we survived, albiet with a few annoyed Dutchmen in our wake as we made our way out of Amsterdam.

With each visit I find myself falling more and more in love with this country. Aside from London, I could really see myself living in Amsterdam. The laidback vibe. Quality of life. The gorgeous canal sceneries. It's all very infectious! Seriously, what's not to love?


-jin-