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We only stayed two nights in Brussels but boy was it amazing. When we arrived, the streets were alive with musicians, singers, artists, people walking and taking it all in – it was simply amazing. As soon as we got all of our luggage (refer to my last blog post!) up the 95 stair steps it took to get to the apartment we stayed it, we went straight down to the streets, partly because we were hungry, but also because we had to go and take it all in ourselves. We had an amazing view from our 4th floor apartment which was smack dab in the middle of it all.

Here is a little bit of what we saw.

When we arrived in Amsterdam, we had just gotten off a plane from Iceland, from Denver, from Spokane. We were exhausted. And we were greeted by rain. We got a large taxi, thankfully, for all of our luggage and the driver eventually figured out where to take us. We get there and my husband and the taxi driver get out to make sure we’ve arrived to the correct place. They are gone for a long, long time. I’m left in the taxi-van with 3 sleeping littles, watching bicycles whiz by and the rain come down. A man with an orange and yellow vest kept coming over and looking in the van – I knew he was wondering why we were parked there for so long but I think the sleeping children kept him from doing anything. My husband and the taxi driver finally come back and the driver is told he needs to move immediately or he’ll get a parking ticket. So we get all of our luggage out as quickly as we can (a family of five moving overseas requires a lot of luggage lol), bring it over to the building where there really is no overhang/protection from the rain, and after standing there for at least 5 minutes we somehow manage to pull it all through a long alley way to the apartment we had booked. (Our poor kids – they must think their parents are crazy after this trip!) The guy with the key finally shows up and opens the door. We look inside to find a long narrow hallway and even longer and narrower stairs that zig zag up to the top floor where we were supposed to stay. The guy looked at our faces, our luggage and the stairs and asked us if we’d like him to find us a different apartment. One with an elevator perhaps. We said yes of course and luckily he found us one. So thankful for his offer. We pulled all our luggage back out to the street, quickly crossing the bike lanes (one might argue that the bikes in Amsterdam are more dangerous than cars!) and waited for a taxi. The whole time our suitcases and ourselves getting soaked by the rain. We finally arrive at the new apartment we would stay in for 3 nights and half of the items in our luggage are dampened. But we have beds to sleep in and that’s all that matters.

Our stay in Amsterdam was rough to be honest, but we still enjoyed what we could. I don’t recommend traveling through Europe while also making an international move. lol ;) Next time we go, we will travel light and expect to have to climb stairs wherever we stay – this “stair encounter” was only the first.

On our second morning in Amsterdam, I was the first to wake up and was pleasantly surprised to see the sun shining through the windows. I did as any good photographer would do and went outside with my camera. It was the first time I was really motivated to get out and see things since we arrived. It’s amazing how sunlight can change your mood, no matter how exhausted and jet-lagged you are. This sunlight on this morning, shining through the bicycle tires, reflecting off windows, warming me physically and mentally, was just what I needed to give me a second wind for the remainder of our trip.

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Our recent move/trip back to the UAE involved a few pit-stops throughout Europe. Some of my favorite images along the way were taken in Amsterdam. I’ve already had requests for prints and am working on getting more and more up in my art shop! The following are what I’ve added so far.

You can purchase these and many others HERE. Thank you for looking. <3

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I am so incredibly thrilled to say that an image that I submitted to the Clickin Mom’s Voice Competition was selected as a category WINNER! I was honored enough to have one selected among the many favorites in the categories, but to be chosen as THEE winner for a category just blows my mind. There were over 8,000 entries and 14 categories, and my image was one of those 14 winners. This image was entered into the “Rule Breaker” category – I love that I won this category because I not-so-secretly love to break the rules. ;) This image is one of my all time favorites – taken last Fall. It started raining at sunset so I grabbed my daughter and my camera and told her to dance in the rain, which she very willingly did for me.

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Making some time this morning to get this monthly faves post done – otherwise it may not get done until the end of July! How are you all keeping up with your projects? I’m still taking photos daily for my 365 project, but haven’t posted one in a few days due to being busy and a lack of usable internet. lol We are just about ready to fly out and we’ll be spending some time in Amsterdam on the way to Abu Dhabi. I’m not sure if I should be excited or exhausted at the thought of all the traveling we are about to embark upon. ;) Any who, here are the June Faves! Congrats to everyone!

Aliesha Busch

Aliesha Busch

Brooke Bikneris

Brooke Bikneris

Lost & Found Photography

Lost & Found Photography

Cate Wnek Photography

Cate Wnek Photography

Jennifer Boutilier

Jennifer Boutilier

Jenny Bowers

Jenny Bowers

jenny wilkerson

Jenny Wilkerson

Tâmara Yamagute

Tamara Yamagute

Tanya Nadine Photography

Tanya Nadine Photography

Valena David Photography

Valena David Photography

 

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