Unplanned trip to Amsterdam, discovering the Netherlands

Hi Kiwis,

some months ago i wrote a post about an unplanned trip to Rotterdam. As you know we live just a couple minutes from the Netherlands so we can sometimes take a short trip. One reason more for go to the Netherlands is that on Sunday nearly everything in Germany closes. So when here is bad weather good alternatives we can find it just over the border.

This time on a lazy Sunday we wanted to enjoy the last weekends of sun before Autumn come. The idea at the beginning was to go to the North Sea. In facts the plan was to drive in direction Amsterdam and reach so Bloemendal aan Zee (known as one of the best beaches in the Netherlands). Just ten minutes before Amsterdam my boyfriend choose to hold on and visit it. Ok, is really sad that we haven’t see the North Sea also this year!

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As this was an unplanned trip, we was in Amsterdam just a couple hours (from 1 till 3 pm around… so really less!). I effectively can’t tell much about the city, we hadn’t the chance to visit museums and to discover many historical parts of it. Amsterdam is a big city and from the center many things we wanted to visit was more than 2 km far away. It would have been impossible for us in so short time to do all what we wished for.

Netherland is an expensive land, but when we talk about car parking it becomes really expensive!
So here an advise for who wish to visit Amsterdam and come with it’s own car.
Amsterdam offer the chance to get parking places just for 1€.
How to get it?
You can park your car in one of the many P+R Parkings in Amsterdam and buy a ticket for go to the center. The price is really cheap (5€ for 2 people).
Remember to always check-in and check-out everytime you use a public transport with that card.
When you wish to drive away you will need to insert the parking ticket, if you will scan the public transport ticket from 50€ the price will automatically turn into 1€.
A great way how to save money right? 🙂

Amsterdam

Was just amazing walk for a couple hours through the canals of Amsterdam. It was nice to walk hand in hand and take time for ourselves. A short escape from home, a short escape from the daily routine that make us become always more lazy and tired. All that on the streets of Amsterdam! Unbelievable how just a couple hours far away from home exist a different world. A totally different world of people that live their lifes in another style than us and with another culture.

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If i can give my sincerely opinion, in two hours you haven’t enough time for get maybe a 100% right idea of the place you are visiting. Anyway two hours are enough for express an opinion more or less coherent.
Amsterdam is an amazing city, it gives you much energy.
In two hours Amsterdam shows you the good side and the bad side immediately.

Positive and negative of Amsterdam.

– We are not smoker, so is clear, see all such people smoked and tripped was not the best. This is something you have to face on when you go in this city. For smokers it is known to be all over Europe the capital top 1.

– If you are a fan of this Kiwi blog you know how much i liked my life in Austria, how much i like sometimes my solitude. Yeah… i find Amsterdam much too much full of people. When i saw all this people walk in every direction, i seriously thought that the world is gone too much far with the human race. My thought was become even more stronger when i saw died and dashed into pieces animals on the street. What’s shoking was the people that walked next to it without even notice it or thinking about how sad that can be.

– I never thought Amsterdam could be a dirty city, until when i saw it. I was in many capitals and all was till now clean and you could see someone taked care about it. Of Amsterdam i can’t say the same, it was really deceiving on that point.

– Is a city full of young people, full of people that have desire to live and desire to discover the world. You hear people talk every language, that was really great. People here feels like citizen of the world in this melting pot of people.

– You don’t need much orientation in this city. We didn’t find an Info point where buy a map. We got it good to travel through the center also without it.

My impression apart this short points is positive, it was many nice things. On our walk we also met Steven, our seagull friend on the border of a canal. He was trying to steal a piece of bread from a tourist that sitted next to him.

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Meanwhile we was in Amsterdam i haven’t forget me, i looked for tea shops! So after have done a short research on google maps, i founded it out. The shop of my dreams (that in facts there’s also in Enschede, at half an hour from my home and i even didn’t know it!!!). I am talking about Dille & Kamille, a huge shop for cooking/tea lover in Amsterdam. This is a shop where once entered i said to my boyfriend “This is my wallet, hold it hard and don’t give it to me until i go out!” 😀
Ah yes, you want to know if i bought something? Nope, this time i was enough good to keep my shopping desire under control. Actually I must buy me a car so I must try to don’t buy every sort of tea i see. I am doing it good -till now-.

So my dear Kiwis, i hope this short post about Amsterdam have give you some tipps for plan your next travel in one of the most loved capitals of Europe.
On these sweet words i wish you a nice end of September and i profite to say goodbye to my first wonderful 25 years.

Amsterdam

 

Sud Tirol, here you will fall in love!

Hi Kiwis,

I avoid it, i missed it to tell you my adventures but even more i couldn’t wait anymore to tell you about my trip to Süd Tirol.

As you probably already peeked the topic, we are talking again about mountains (what else?!). Where i bring you today is a special place for me, the place where i nearly was grown up. I visited it so many times per year when i was younger, my family loved it. Such places are soul warming for me when i return. For make a comparison is like drinking a warm Glühwein in the middle of a snowy forest.

Süd Tirol, is difficult (impossible i would say) to find words enough good for describe it. Here we are, in Italy, in the middle of Dolomites, in one of the parts of it i judge as the most wonderful. Here the time it seems never pass, even not 20 year later! Continue Reading

Kiwi-Apple marmalade Recipe

Hi Kiwis,

April is a month here in Germany of unstoppable rain, is the month where normally spring start, the time of new changes and beginnings. So it have been for me this month, it have bring a fresh breeze in my life and the one of Creative Kiwi. Well, after a long time of instability, of doubts about everything, of unwished changes, acceppted compromises, it was finally arrive the time to see the light at the end of this long tunnel. In few words, i have find a new Job, a full-time job that permit me to use my capabilities and make me feel a complete person. A full-time job as known bring always positive and negative things in the life. One of these negative is clearly that the time for dedicate me to Creative Kiwi is drastically decreased. Manage so many things, divide my life between work, Kiwi, digital art, jewelry and home is a real chaos. Anyway with a little bit of time i will take the right rythm for manage all that perfectly. Don’t worry, the Kiwi project will always go further! 🙂

But let’s come to the point, is really really longtime i don’t write anything about food & cooking. So i profite of that weekend for write this post and share with you a recipe that i tried some years ago in Austria. This recipe made me fall totally in love. Perfect for breakfast or for a old style afternoon snack, or why not in a delicious italian Crostata to share with friends. Definitely this is the marmalade that will blow your mind!

So what else i could purpose you than a Kiwi-Apple marmalade?! Nothing could fits better to this website!

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Let’s look together what you need and how to prepair this delicious, healthy and wonderful marmalade!

Ingredients
– 1,5kg kiwi
– 3 Apples
– 1 Lemon juice
– 500gr Sugar
– 1/2 tbsp Cinnamon

 

How to do the Kiwi-Apple Marmalade

1 – Remove the Apple and the kiwi skin and then cut the apple in little pieces (from 1 to 2 cm maximum). Keep in mind that the kiwi must be mature or the marmalade will result very sour. For understand if the kiwi are mature, just touch it and if it feel a little bit soft – not too much – that’s the right time to use it for this marmalade recipe.

2 – Now put all the fruits in a big pot, add the juice of an entire lemon, half glass of water, half tablespoon of cinnamon and finally the sugar. Mix it all very good and let it inside for a couple hours covered with the top of the pot.

3 – Once this time is passed start to cook slowly the fruit. Control it from time to time and when the fruit is become soft, break the pieces helping you with a wood spoon. If you want you can use a hand-mixer until you create a well mixed kiwi-apple cream.

4 – Pour the kiwi marmalade inside the sterilised jars and wait around 15 minutes before close it. Once close turn the jar upside down and wait that it become totally cold.

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Now you just need to enjoy this tasty recipe! Maybe on a piece of bread with a good butter layer and a big spoon of kiwi-apple marmalade spread on it!