A is for...

This month I will be participating in the A - Z Blogging Challenge. The challenge involves posting every day (except Sunday) and following through the alphabet. If you want to play along you can sign up. My A-Z is all places I want to visit. Other bloggers participating are:

A Southern Gypsy
Chasing the Donkey
A Brit and a Southerner 

So today's letter is A, and the place I've chosen is...


Yeah, alright, you got me. I've already been to Amsterdam BUT I want to go back. I am even considering going towards the end of the year, if I have the money for a flight and haven't used all of my holiday. One thing I am definitely doing is going for Kings Day next year. I had hoped to go this year, but my parents are away and that would leave my dog home alone for two days, and clever though I am sure he is, I don't think he's quite got the hang of walking himself or feeding himself. He is far too spoilt to go into kennels, before anyone suggests it.

There is something about Amsterdam that I loved, maybe it was because it was my first real solo trip anywhere, or maybe it's more than that. Maybe it's the way that no one bat's an eyelid when you don't have a driving license and you cycle everywhere, or have a scooter for longer journeys. Maybe it's the weird way that I can understand a fair bit of Dutch, both written and spoken, without ever having learnt a word of the language (actually, I learnt to count last time I was there). Maybe it's that, when I got lost in the city and ended up walking up and down a residential street several times that someone came out and asked me where I had hoped to end up, and then shown me the way. 

Even after a couple of years of taking solo journey's, Amsterdam is still my favourite place. 

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  1. I've been to Amsterdam and absolutely loved it. People who haven't been always think of drugs & sex, but that's not what it's about at all. Can't wait to go back one day!

    1. Well my friend who lives there on my first night told me, "I am taking you to a coffee shop and the red light district, because you haven't been to Amsterdam if you haven't tried it"! It was a lot of fun and I'm glad I did it because I spent the next hour giggling around the red light district. It is such a great city, though, and I don't feel the need to go back for those reasons. I just love how relaxed everyone seems, and how lovely the Dutch are, too.

  2. Great first post...who doesn't love A-dam anyway! Keep on bloggin'!

  3. What a great idea for a blog series! I've been to Amsterdam (years ago) and found it a lovely place.

    1. Isn't it just?! Great way to fill a month :)
      You should go back, it's just as awesome as you remember.


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