Amsterdam through British eyes

Saturday Sharing: Baby Shower, Press Trip and a Little Bit More About me

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Last Saturday when I published my article, I was actually getting ready to go to my sister’s baby shower. She only has three weeks left until she is due, and for the first time instead of a little wriggle, her baby gave me a big kick, and my mum caught it on camera. The other thing I need to tell you about is that I have another upcoming press trip in Amsterdam which I am really excited about. This time the theme will be music, which means I will get to share some of Amsterdam’s musical gems.

Today I was reading a blog by Selena from Oh, the places we will go where she did a post outlining six things you should know about her. I loved it, and at the end she had a total of 9 questions for people to answer in a blog post, I’ve selected a few of them. So Selena, (and the rest of you), here are my answers to your questions:

What did you want to be when you grew up? How did that work out? 

When I was little I always wanted to write in some capacity or other. When I reached the age of 15, I decided that journalism was for me so I went to university and completed the course, but I didn’t really enjoy writing news, so I specialised in broadcast because I found it much more fun. I worked in a few media-related jobs (not journalism) which I wasn’t really 100% happy with, but now I write as a freelancer, and I also work for an online marketing company where I write for their site. I’d say it worked out the way I wanted, it just took me a long time to get here.

What is your favourite comfort dish to prepare?

Pork a la creme is probably my favourite, but if I’m ill I like to cook things that are quick and easy so a lentil soup always makes me feel a bit better, and it tastes delicious with some lemon squeezed into it.

What is the biggest challenge that you have overcome?

The biggest and scariest challenge that I have ever faced was going travelling around the world as a solo traveller. I had several sleepless nights just thinking about it. I was scared, but I faced it head-on and I ended up loving it. After that I started challenging myself more and more in different ways. I learnt to dive, I meditated with monks, I ate strange things in different countries, and I learnt that sometimes just plucking up the courage and doing something that scares you means that you never miss an opportunity to find something you might like. Travelling is the reason I now live in Amsterdam. Who knows where I would be or what I would be doing if I hadn’t gone.

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would that be?

Well, Amsterdam of course! If I had to choose somewhere other than Amsterdam, I would probably choose somewhere like Australia or New Zealand as these were the places I was thinking about going to before I met Michiel and fell in love with Amsterdam. I don’t think my love affair with this city will ever be over though, sorry New Zealand!

Things I have loved this week

 Celebrating Michiel’s birthday by going to dinner at Zaza’s. Highly recommended, but a bit pricey. I had a restaurantcadeau card that I got given as a leaving present from my last job.

Having my haicut by my old hairdresser in the UK. I haven’t seen her for about 3 years now and it was so great to catch up
 
Having an amazing sunday roast cooked by my nan. Delicious!
 
 
Viewing a flat, which we will (fingers crossed) get if everything goes through
 
 
My sister’s decorations of her baby shower. They were so cute. She made all of the bunting herself!
 
 
That’s all from me. Have a great week!
 
Ashley

 

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