This April marked 6 full months since my move to The Netherlands. This city has been familiar enough to me when I moved – my LDR (short for “long distance relationship”) had a long history of back-and-forth flights so I knew where I was going well enough. Yet I never witnessed the gradual coming of spring that is such a welcome sight for all who live here. Trust me when I say spring in Amsterdam is worth making a journey for.
Indeed, after seeing it, there is no spring I’d rather be waking up to than a spring in Amsterdam. After a long night filled with dreams, I wake up and make my way to work surrounded by the blooming trees and the wafting aromas of croissants and appelflaps. Walking the same route each day makes it easier to notice the little changes. Those small green leaves popping out of nowhere. The flowers suddenly there when they weren’t before.
Blossoms suddenly appear all around in the second half of March and only stay for a couple of weeks. They are then replaced by an invasion of tulips as part of the Tulip Festival. Giant buckets filled with blooming tulips color Amsterdam from the beginning of April and till the middle of May.
At the same time the cherry trees bloom so vividly! Just walking through the streets you will notice that every other house has flower pots, plants on the porch or wall-crawling ivy that is silently recovering from the winter, biding its time. This spring in Amsterdam taught me that nature is celebrated here.
The bustling city comes alive with splashes of color that complete the Dutch concept of “gezellig” which rivals the Danish “hygge”. A lifestyle of cozy delights mean to to celebrate the simplicty of life – that is the attitude I want to learn to cherish.
Outfit pictures by Jose Chan
What is spring like where you live? Are there any special festivals or celebrations going on?
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