Wanderlust

Windmills, Wild Tulips and Wall Poems

Windmills, Wild Tulips and Wall Poems

Leiden may seem like Amsterdam Lite but it possesses an identity all its own. It’s the birthplace of Rembrandt. Einstein walked its streets. Wild tulips grow between the road and the water and poems fill the walls.

The Train to Leiden

The Train to Leiden

Before we knew it, tulip fields in all their blazing glory were parading outside like a color punch in the eye.

Watch a Movie at Pathé Tuschinski (Thank Me Later)

Watch a Movie at Pathé Tuschinski (Thank Me Later)

Those were the words someone posted on a forum somewhere — I can’t find it anymore — while I was researching free/cheap things to do in Amsterdam. “Watch a movie at the Pathé Tuschinski. You can thank me later.” As it happened, I was looking for a cinema in which to watch Avengers: Infinity War.

Springtime Walks in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark

Springtime Walks in Amsterdam’s Vondelpark

A walk (or two, or three) in Vondelpark is a must-do if you’re in Amsterdam in spring.

Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark

Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark is hands down one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in. Our room was spacious; the atmosphere was cheerful without being chaotic or noisy; gorgeous Vondelpark had an entrance just outside the front door; so many other attractions were close by; and the breakfast was great.

So…I Fell Down a Boat in Hong Kong

So…I Fell Down a Boat in Hong Kong

Luckily, I didn’t fall *off* the boat into the water but it was still pretty embarrassing. Here’s what happened.