So I've had my first two weeks in Amsterdam and thought it was important to point out 10 important things you may not read about before coming here -
1. Avoid the tram lines with your bike, you will fall. I learned this within the first 24 hours in a rainstorm. To all my friends that never warned me about this one, thank you so so much.
2. Bikers own the road - they will not stop for anyone walking. They would rather run into you to prove a point than stop.
3, The washer takes 1.5 hours and the dryer takes 2.5 hours. Plan your day accordingly.
4. Cafe and Coffeeshop are two VERY different things. For us Americans, Coffeeshop = Cafe, but here, Cafe = a place to get coffee, do work etc. and then CoffeeShop = an establishment to get weed and smoke. I still make this mistake so people think I'm constantly getting high.
5, Don’t shake people’s hand when meeting them, it’s weird. Give three kisses switching from cheek to cheek. Although this does get complicated when they know you're a foreigner and don’t know whether to do 1 kiss, 3 kisses or a handshake. I have just stuck to one to make it somewhat simple.
It’s that time of the month again. The stuff I can’t get enough of. The summer months are coming and I have a little extra pep in my step so I’m going to list out three things this month.
There is really no other way to describe how amazing this website is than to say… HONESTLY WHAT THE FUCK. My mother, yes my mother, turned me on to them. The boots (pictured to the left) were a creation she made with their step by step instruction and they are just no bullshit cool. In addition to this, Erica (The founder) is constantly keeping me intrigued with her Instagram story on all the new DIY projects she has in the works. This woman brings DIYing (I think that’s a word…?) to the next level. Even if DIYing (I’m going with it) is not your thing, take a peek at her "Travel" section. She find the most incredible villas, tents and cabins all over the world. I plan on going to Giraffe Manor and Rock Restaurant in the very near future.
Flights are rough. Especially When you need to do 2x festivals on opposite sides of the globe within one week. Although global travel for work is eye opening, it’s not always the most luxurious. Unless you are an influencer being flown out for an event or a senior executive, reality is, you’re in economy.
The worst flight I have ever taken was from Montevideo (Uruguay) to Perth (Australia). We had our festival in Uruguay on the first Saturday of January and then the next morning our team hopped on a flight to do it all over again the next weekend….on the other side of the world.
So the flight went like this.
I have stayed in a lot of Airbnbs….I mean a lot. Some crappy – some unforgettable. Each month I’m going to highlight the best one and give the details of why it was a remarkable experience. First up (Which shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone) – Paris.
Traveling to a foreign country isn’t always the easiest thing in the world. They eat different foods than us (which I fully embrace), they have different traffic laws and in most places, they don’t speak the same language as us. So, unlike most things that may be foreign to us, apps always stay the same. Here are some of the key ones I use when traveling -
First we have the apps that you may not have heard about just yet -
First, a quick story about me -
Girl raised in Philadelphia makes her way to the big city for college. Girl graduates school and says fuck it, I’m staying here. Having worked in the music industry most of college, girl decides to take a job as a PA at a music company. No, not an ‘MTV’ reality show every Thursday at 9pm kind-of music company. A live events and entertainment company. Girl decides she can do more than just get lunch and book conference rooms so she sets sight on a division that travels to put on music festivals worldwide. Girl lands the job and works her big ass off for 2 years and is now Lead Account Manager for that festival.
Okay, so you get where I come from. But let’s get into the weird and bizarre world I’m in –
It’s a very simple question that people don’t use enough to make connections…Can we grab a coffee?
In the world we live in today, connections are key to exploring different paths when it comes to a job. I can truly say the only reason I got to where I am today is because of the relationships I made through connections. Looking back at it all, I have only gone in for one formal interview for a job, the rest have been over coffee…
As you will soon find out, when I discover items I obsess over, I become their brand ambassador. This is of course without the pay and/or recognition but that’s not the point. I’m ranting about that item because I genuinely think it’s something that my friends should consider using due to the fact that it has either made my life easier (I can be quite lazy) or more enjoyable. Here are two things this month that I can't get enough of -