Netherlands hold so much memories for me as I had lived here for several months after my exchange study in Paris. Memories of freedom, friendships and romance… it was once the best time of my life. I traveled to Amsterdam this trip to visit my besties Fiona and Marta whom we studied together in Paris and also to stay at Fiona’s place for a few days.
九年前在巴黎讀書的時候，我認識了一班對我影響至深的閨蜜。Hao, Marta同 Fiona, 一個來自德國，一個來自波蘭，一個來自愛爾蘭。她們都是因為追隨自己的男朋友而到去荷蘭讀大學，並於其中一年約定去巴黎留學，我們就是當年讀書認識的。他們是學校的風頭躉，我們像聯合國的組合，每次去夜店總會很受法國男生歡迎。二十出頭，那時我們的課外活動是去拍過 Sex and the City 的 Kong 去happy hour，去當時巴黎最當紅的 gay club Queen 去clubbing。由於巴黎一點過後沒有公共交通工具 ，所以每次浦到通宵達旦，我都會去她們家借宿一宵 。大學畢業我為當時的男朋友搬到荷蘭，分手後我一個人流落異鄉，是她們照顧我讓我在她們家。 其實這故事都幾搞笑，我們四個來自不同國家的女生，為了各自的男朋友搬去荷蘭，而大家到最後分手收場而住在一起。
多年來我們友誼沒變， 數年前 Marta 飛來香港探望我 ，去年我也飛到北京去參加Hao舉辦的中國式婚禮。 所以今次假期我一定要去荷蘭探望她們!
My surprise b-day party!
I was totally overwhelmed when I arrived at Fiona’s place and found out a surprise birthday party was waiting for me, I couldn’t help bursting into tears! I used to stay with the girls all the time, from the time I got kicked out of my own apartment in Paris due to a big fight with my roommate, to moving out of my ex’s apartment in Utrecht. They were always there for me and took care of me like sisters I never had, it was so emotional for me having their warm welcome after so many years apart! (Thanks chef Sherif for your delicious food!!)
今次Fiona 邀請我住在她位於市中心的 apartment，原來Marta一早來火車站接我是要給Fi 和他男友更多時間準備給我的驚喜生日派對！我是真的超感動忍不住哭了～
A day in Utrecht
The second day, I spent an afternoon by myself wandering Utrecht, the city where I used to live, along with over 60.000 students who make the city of Utrecht their home. 45 mins away by train from Amsterdam, Utrecht is a lively student city in the heart of the Netherlands. Ranked in Lonely Planet‘s top-10 of the world’s unsung places, you can easily fall in love with the canals, docks, and little bars and restaurants in this city and it is still my favorite place in Holland.
第二天我自己一個回到烏德勒支這個對我有很多回憶的地方。大部分人認識荷蘭就是阿姆斯特丹 ，但其實這個遠離遊客區的小鎮更有意思! 這個有＂學生之鎮＂之稱的地方，我曾在這兒生活過，所以這裏的一樓一房，我記憶猶新。距離阿姆斯特丹少於一小時火車程，有機會絕對值得來這小鎮感受一下地到荷蘭風情。
Rolling Kitchens 2015
A highlight of our trip is Rollende Keukens (Rolling Kitchens) in Amsterdam. Food truck is such a big global trend right now, and this 5-day event is basically a food truck festival where mobile food stands and indie bands from all over the country come together to serve all the music loving and food craving people in Amsterdam. We practically just spent the entire evening eating none stop!
回到阿姆斯特丹我們參加了一年一度，為期五日的美食音樂節 。有來自荷蘭不同地區超過十架food truck和不同小型獨立樂隊現場表演，氣氛超正，有機會來荷蘭一定不要錯過！
Lunch at Ton & Marta’s
Saturday, Marta invited us over for lunch at her place after our big night out the night before. Beside her successful career as a communication director at a PR company, she’s also a great home chef! We enjoyed a yummy meal at her beautifully decorated apartment in downtown Amsterdam before we head out for the day.
第三天，Marta邀請我們到她家午餐，我從來沒想過家中也能安排如此精緻的table setting! 作為公關公司的傳訊總監和一位跟得女朋友，這就是入得廚房出得廳堂的典範!
Before we left Amsterdam we spent our Saturday afternoon strolling around the city. Most people go for the iconic I amsterdam letters in the back of the Rijksmuseum on Museumplein for photo op, but to avoid the crowd, we went to the less busy Vondelpark, the largest city park in Amsterdam, which also host this same signature letters for a perfect photo to end our trip.