Weekend at a cottage

ice hole swimming

my cottage weekend

cottage ice hole
What wouldn’t you do for that perfect instagram photo?
frozen lake
Straight from the cover of Vogue

Not everyone knows that I’m actually quite the country girl. I’m not afraid of going to a cottage with no running water or electricity. Quite the opposite – usually those extreme conditions make the trip even more enjoyable. Though on this particular cottage we had electricity.

What else? Well I…

… went ice hole dipping eight times – that’s a personal record

… sat in the sauna for almost three hours – also maybe a personal record?

… fell on my arse quite gracefully while running naked to the ice hole

… walked on a frozen lake and almost got a heart attack, when my boot sank a little

… bought new rain boots, which were surprisingly comfortable to walk in (and I dare myself to use them in the city as well)

… laughed a lot

… won Trivial Pursuit after a long and excruciating game

… fell even more in love with the Finnish nature

I thought I would just share this little update of my weekend and share these photos (which I personally love, and I have to say my sister’s phone has superb camera). I hope your Easter was relaxing!

And hey, remember to participate in the jewellery giveaway on the earlier post.

Amsterdam photo diary

amsterdam

amsterdam tram

amsterdam street
Amsterdam in a nutshell. Beautiful buildings, narrow roads and a biker.

valeriusstraat

amsterdam blue cafe

amsterdam building

Amsterdam has a very special place in my heart. Ever since I first visited it, I felt at home. And not only, because of the friends, I visit every time I go there. I could very well see myself living there someday – and it’s very possible that I will.  I haven’t seen that much of our world yet, but I have travelled enough to know, that if some place is so good you can see yourself living there, it must be special.

What I love about Amsterdam is it’s beauty, the relaxed atmosphere and the fact, that almost anywhere you go, you can get great food. Amsterdam is so much more than the red light district – it’s a whole city full of life.  And you know what? We’re going to Amsterdam again in August – can’t wait. 

kids in amsterdam
Meet the cutest kids ever.
amsterdam
In front of my favorite cosmetics shop in Amsterdam – Rituals.

My food recommendations to Amsterdam

One of the funniest things in travelling is the adventure. Whether it’s about searching a nice restaurant or a cafe, you never know where you end up. It might not be the smartest thing to do in a new city and it’s recommended to do some research when it comes to restaurants, but in Amsterdam the chance of ending up in a good place is a good four out of five (don’t hold me accountable for that statement). However, if you want my food recommendations, here’s some. To be more specific, here’s three places, that deserve my recognition. You might want to go to those places – or I don’t know – ride the tram and go with the flow.

  • Foodhallen 
    Anything and everything you need, and I mean EVERYTHING. 
  • Dignita
    Breakfeast & lunch – super delicious! Healthy choices available, as well as pancakes to die for.
  • Blue° Amsterdam
    Coffee with a view. Delicious, good coffee. And a great view.

If you want more of my recommendations, I could try and focus on that on our next trip?

amsterdam coffee blue amsterdam blue cafe

beautiful amsterdam

Have you visited Amsterdam?