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A ring, theatre roulette and Voltt

Oh my, how fast August has sped by! And there were so many highlights in between the relaxing, what to share first?

- Let's start with love. On a sunny Friday afternoon a few weeks ago, Levi invited me to the Vondelpark for a picnic. He'd picked an odd place to sit though, because we usually sit somewhere else. I said to him when he explained where he was on the phone: "That's where you and I met, nearly six years ago!" And he replied with an ever so innocent: "Oh really?"

Turns out this was no coincidence. While enjoying luxurious bites from Opera Prima (Kinkerstraat, Amsterdam) in the sunshine, he suddenly produced a tiny box and proposed. Complete the picture with our song, champagne, dinner reservations and tears and you're there. I am now wearing a lovely silver ring with two lovebirds that he went to great trouble to find and just thinking about that perfect afternoon (well, the entire weekend, actually) makes me happy all over again.

Yes, I'll happily spend the rest of my life with you!

A glorious day at De Parade in Amsterdam- The Parade in the Martin Luther King Park is one of our favourite things each year. It seems to get busier each year, but we love the romantic atmosphere, the merry-go-round, the lights, the food and the joyous creativity.

We always try our luck with the shows and this year opted for Keet! (a hilarious trip down memory lane) and 3: The Garden. The latter was at times brilliant: a caleidoscope of movement, a well-oiled machine of six human bodies, and at times it was completely  incomprehensible (the spoken words? The body paint?). Intriguing to say the least!

A rare sliver of sunshine during Voltt Loves Summer festival at NDSM wharf in Amsterdam Noord
- And then last weekend there was the Voltt Loves Summer festival at the NDSM wharf in Amsterdam Noord. Gods, the weather was terrible. Slivers of sunshine wedged in between bouts of pouring rain. I made good use of my wellies and  rainponcho (Halfords, E2,50). We enjoyed Robag Wruhme in the tent and thought Gaiser Live at the main stage was the absolute shit!

- Of course something as abominable as the weather cannot ruin a festival if you have friends who make the day worthwhile. We had a great time!

- Just yesterday I had dinner and went to a movie with my friend Robbie, who I hadn't seen in a while. I had such a lovely time, I'm immensely thankful that once in a while I get to connect with people I care about. Thank you.


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  1. Hi! I understand this is kind of off-topic but I had
    to ask. Does managing a well-established blog such as yours require a lot of work?

    I’m completely new to blogging but I do write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog
    so I will be able to share my personal experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of ideas or tips for
    brand new aspiring blog owners. Thankyou!

  2. That’s ok, I’m not a stickler on the topic of topics ;) I guess it all depends on how much you’re willing to put into it.

    I’m not sure I’d call mine a well-established blog. I know I don’t spend nearly the amount of time on it as I’d like to. It’s just what it is, and everything depends on everything. You need to have a life to write about, but you also have to take the time to write.

    For me, this blog was an experiment too. I wanted to practice practical writing, I wanted to speak to an audience, see if I could find a voice. I find I really like it, and the blog has brought me substantial things in return. For instance: the job I have now. They asked for experience in writing (check), preferably English writing too (check), experience with WordPress (check) and blogging and social media like Twitter (check, check).

    My advice to you is: just do it. See how it goes. If you find you need to change things, you can. Or you can quit and start another one. You will find that you grow as you go. Nothing’s set in stone. I myself find that a most liberating thought!

  3. Hi Belle,
    Just happened upon your blog while researching Amsterdam for my holiday in a month and wanted to ask if you can tell me if there are any flea markets that are worth looking at. I guess I’m looking for something like those freemarkets you wrote about that happen on Queensday.
    Congrats on your engagement, Trixi

  4. There’s a flea market once a month in the IJhallen. It claims to be the biggest flea market in the Netherlands. I went there once, it was great. Highly recommended!

    They are planned for 22+23 September, 13+14 October and 3+4 November. Location is in Amsterdam Noord, which means you get to go with the free ferry across the IJ (departs) behind Amsterdam Centraal), which is a nice experience in and of itself! Entrance fee is E4 per adult, 1,50 per child.

    Here’s a link to the website (sadly only in dutch):

    PS Thanks for the congrats!

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