Sunday, January 5, 2014

Amsterdam Trip as a Graduation Gift!

Happy New Year and thank you for your patience while the ToZ blog was on hiatus as I finalized my final semester of Grad school studies. I hope you like the slight template changes here. Back in October, I realized that my plate was just too full and I could not devote a fair amount of time updating this blog. So it was just best to post a notice that the blog would be on hiatus until after graduation. As I have mentioned all the while, grad school was very demanding, and I was able to graduate on December 21st with a 4.0 GPA! So it makes it all the more worthwhile that I treated myself to 5 days in Amsterdam.

The city was fantastic and has fantastic museums and great shopping! In fact, the new banner photo is from a lamp store in Amsterdam. I came very close to buying an exquisite tealight holder that was made of a similar style and material as the lights in the picture, but I could not squeeze one more thing into my suitcase. I visited the Anne Frank museum, the Van Gogh museum, the Rijksmuseum, and even the Marijuana and Hemp museum. The famous coffeeshops are practically at every corner, and I came to enjoy visiting one of them called the Utopia Coffeeshop. Let's just say that it lived up to its name. I tell you this, America could learn a hell of a lot from Amsterdam, the Capital of Liberalism and Happy people. America is not the greatest country on Earth, not by a long shot, but it's my home, and I love it, but we have some serious ills going on here, and that's why I enjoy traveling overseas so much.

Please check out the first batch of my pictures from Amsterdam at my flickr page. I will update a second set later today. Now that I have graduated from grad school, I can enjoy life a bit more by getting back into more pleasurable forms of reading, and watching movies again. Which by the way, since it's Oscar time, I need to catch up on some films so that I can join in on the debates about which film and which performances should get nominations and actually go on to win.

If you're in the mid-west and east coast sections of the country, you're dealing with a persistent snow storm just like we are here in Michigan right now. We're expecting to get 8-10 inches of the white stuff and it's foolish to even think about going outside in this mess. So stay in, stay warm, and review my 200+ pictures from Amsterdam - one of the coolest, safest cities on the planet!


  1. Hi Simone,
    What a great photo's! It's fun to see the city through your eyes.
    Can't wait to see the other ones. And because of the weather in Michigan... Keep warm and carry on!

  2. Hey there,

    Simply LOVE, LOVE, LOVE :) SO happy for you and well deserved and earned! NOW, we plan for more travels this new year! Have not been to Amsterdam - will do so definitely. We'll talk soon!!! xoxoxoxoxooxo - Keep warm, mi casa is yours ♥