If I had to pick my favourite new city that I explored in 2014, I would have no hesitations in saying that Amsterdam claimed that title. From the kindness of strangers to Amsterdam’s beautiful canals and architecture, I quickly discovered after mere hours in the city that I had fallen head over heels for Holland’s capital. While I didn’t take as many photos for an Amsterdam Photo Diary as I would have liked to, there’s no doubt in my mind that I will be returning sometime soon – hopefully in time for tulip season in May, perhaps?
I’m already back to the daily grind here in Paris, but at least I have the fond memories from my trip to Amsterdam over the Christmas break to reminisce upon as the onslaught of projects and exams resumes. Amsterdam was definitely one of my favourite trips I took within the last year – and that’s saying quite a lot, given I traveled to Italy, Washington D.C., New York, London, and Berlin all in 2014. Maybe it was the laissez-faire attitude of the city, the beautiful ringed canals, or the unique architecture of the townhouses, but Amsterdam definitely left a profoundly positive impression on me. For my second day exploring Holland, I stuck to possibly my all-time most comfortable and most prized pair of boots: my beloved Alexander Wang Anouck boots. I’ve been obsessed with wearing these boots (as well as the Kori version) so much that I’ve had to get them resoled three times within the six months that I’ve owned them. As for the rest of my outfit, I decided to add a pop of colour to my typical monochromatic uniform by adding this bold reptile print & Other Stories bag. I always become hesitant when I incorporate anything overtly flashy and animal printed into an outfit, but the purse felt like the perfect pop to an otherwise clichéd Parisian look.
Around the end of November each year, I inevitably fall into a unintentional blogging hiatus. Despite my best efforts to manage school, friends, time for myself, and this blog, by the end of the year, one or multiple areas tend to fall by the wayside. This year has been no exception – and I would dare say, the worst – what with several trips to London, finishing off my first semester of graduate school in Paris, and a quick weekend in Amsterdam before coming back to Canada for Christmas.