Life & Travel

My first month in Amsterdam: How was it?

July 5, 2017

It’s always exciting to move to a new city: there is so much still to explore! Till now I haven’t had that much time to explore yet because I’m working a lot and I’m still in my ‘moving process’. But from what I’ve seen till now: Amsterdam is a pretty cool place to live! Keep reading to hear about more my first month:)














The Job

Till now I’ve been having a great time at work! They really allow me to think creatively, come up with new ideas and the team is super nice and easygoing. They allow me to combine my work with my blog, and I’m learning a lot from them to improve my own skills. Happiness level: 100%!

I’m still struggling to find a balance between my work and personal life, but I think once I finally move into my own studio (soon!) it will kinda sort itself out by itself :) So for all the people that have been feeling neglected by me: I am SO sorry, but I really need to focus on figuring out my balance before I can handle social interactions again lol.


The City

Amsterdam has a lovely, quaint vibe. I still think I need to live here a bit longer before I can give a real opinion about the city, but for now I’m having a good time! However, I do have high standards because I’m used to the best city in the world (Barcelona, obviously) so there are certain things that I miss. Sunshine, for example.

Also I notice that it’s harder for me to do streetstyle pictures because I can’t find many locations which I find ‘Instagram worthy‘ so to speak. I like modern, white, clean (or tropical) locations and Amsterdam is very brown and historical. Very beautiful, but not for my Instagram lol #bloggerproblems. All in all, I would give my happiness level 75%

BTW This is one of my current favorite chill outfits: I feel SO retro and I’m loving it lol.

Glasses: Polette Eyewear

Velvet look: Vila Global 

Shoes: Adidas

The People

It’s actually very fun for me to move to Amsterdam, because I know quite a lot of people there due to my work as a model! All the creative people move there for work, so it’s great catching up with them after all this time I’ve been in Barcelona.

However, again, I’m spoiled by Barcelona: Spanish people are SO warm, kind and friendly. Compared to them, Dutch people can sometimes feel a bit blunt or cold. I still catch myself being shocked every time the bus driver yells at me for taking too long or getting out through the wrong exit, why don’t they just relax?

Spanish people are much more chill about everything, so that’s what I got used to. It will take me a while to get back to the Dutch mentality again I think. But then again: the working mentality is much better here than in Spain, sometimes I got so frustrated by how slow people were! I guess everything has its pros and cons haha. Happiness level: 75%

Final conclusion: I am SUPER happy to be here in Amsterdam! It really does feel like a new adventure. It’s new, exciting, there’s lots to discover… exactly how I like it. Will I stick around for the rest of my life? Most likely not. I consider this adventure as another chapter in my life, just like Barcelona was. Any clue what’s going to be my next chapter? Not at all. But isn’t that what makes life interesting? :)

Have you ever been in Amsterdam? Do you live there? Leave me tips so I can get to know the city even better!

Lots of love,


P.s. Did you like this post? Read more about the details of my dreamjob HERE

P.p.s. Photography credits go to Daniel Wolters! It was the first day that I actually was able to visit Amsterdam a bit and we walked through a popular area in the city called ‘De Pijp’. Very recommendable :) 

About LynnQuanjel

Lynn likes writing, food (lots of it) and cuddling cute doggies on the street. tells the story of her life as a travelling fashion journalist and model, including all inevitable adventures that come with it.

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