Amsterdam in November

Amsterdam, which takes its name from the Dutch meaning, “the dam through the river Ansel”, has 150km of canals and over 400 bridges–more canals than Venice. The city is extremely diverse and what impressed me the most was how accepting the people of Amsterdam are overall. For example, our Uber driver moved from Washington D.C. and said it was much easier to integrate with the locals compared to, say, France. There are over 177 cultures living in the city.

Amsterdam is populated with SO many bikes throughout the city; the saying to avoid getting run over is, “If you hear a bell, run like hell.”

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Wine tasting in the Douro Valley

What’s the best part of visiting Portugal in the off-season? Well, when we did a tour of the famous Douro Valley, we had nearly the entire area to ourselves. This well-known wine countryside is usually packed during the summer, so it was nice to not be bombarded with tourists as we visited the various vineyards. It’s located in the North of Portugal and makes for a nice wine-tasting trip from Porto.

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you to Chloe of My Life Living Abroad for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award, an award passed along from one blogger to another. Chloe created the Bloggers in Paris Facebook group, which I am so grateful to have stumbled upon here in France. It’s full of incredibly creative and talented people who are all interested in sharing their Parisian experiences. Here are my answers to Chloe’s fun set of questions, along with the two blogs I nominate next.

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