August was all about squeezing every last drop of sunshine from this Dutch summer. With the coldest August on record in 34 years, it wasn’t easy. After all the travel in July, we took it easy and enjoyed our favorite neighborhood haunts. During those rare pockets of sunshine, I’d quickly plop Tala in the bike and speed off to the neighborhood park. And on a warm summer evening, Marlon and I even managed to sneak in a movie and cocktail just a few minutes from home.
We explored some cool new places too. Across the IJ River in Amsterdam Noord, I found a few good terraces to take my laptop and get some work done (more on those later). We checked out De Hallen, an old tram depot converted into a hotspot for new bars, restaurants, shops, a hotel and local goods market. Even a haircut turned into a fun, funky experience with my first visit to Wild Romance, a boutique salon in the center of Amsterdam.
You all know about my love for street art, so I was happy to spot some cool pieces right here in Amsterdam this August. I love this town, and it’s always nice to find assurance that it loves me too.
Instagramsterdam is a blog series rounding up my favorite Instagram posts about Amsterdam every month. For me, it’s a way to appreciate the little things I enjoy about living in Amsterdam, and to embrace my adopted city a little bit more.
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