February 16, 2012

Walking on Water in Amsterdam

…well FROZEN water! All over Europe, the Arctic front swept in and temps DROPPED to super icy lows…this meant that not only did a fresh layer of snow cover Amsterdam but the canals became a wintry plateau for us to walk on! I have been looking forward to walking on the canals ever since I stumbled upon a postcard a few years ago of people skating on Amsterdam’s canals. Judging from the clothing of the ice skaters on the postcard it was clearly the 80’s, so it’s been quite a while for Amsterdammers to see the canals freeze over. Whelp…THIS WAS MY YEAR!

I was like a giddy little child hopping around the canals, through bridges and sliding in my boots. It was absolutely UNREAL to experience this and was hands-down one of my favorite Amsterdam moments. Our first walk was an incognito trip after work, just as the sun went down and the lights surrounding the bridges starting to light up—beautiful. Last weekend, Christian, some friends and I spent 5 glorious hours walking up and down the canals, picking up 1 EUR cups of steamy gluhwein on the way. People were selling pea soup, sausages, hot chocolate and even set up subwoofers in some places for passers-by to get their dance on and warm up a bit—so cool. We managed to catch a glimpse of the speed-skating race on Keizersgracht, but so did 5000 other people (its rare to see 5000 people in Amsterdam! And this city is not catered for THAT many people)…our afternoon of wintry wandering was most certainly the highlight of the weekend! Take a peek!

SIDE NOTE: Oh oh oh oh!!! My best friend Smitty is en route to Amsterdam right this second!! We’re off to Prague for the weekend followed by 8 glorious days frolicking around Amsterdam (her third visit in a year and a half!)…these cold Amsterdam temps are no contest for what Czech is giving us though…-10 is on the horizon! Eeeek! We’ll find a way to deal with it ;) muahahaha! Enjoy your weekend!! Stay bundled up…and well if you’re in a warm place, you better be lounging on the beach ;)


{Christian obviously ELATED that his boat is frozen ABOVE the water and not below it :)}
{Speed skating race}


kelly elizabeth said...

This is so beautiful, wish I could be there! how funny that the boats froze into the water lol.

Just became a new follower, love your stuff :)


Nicole Marie said...

this is literally the COOLEST thing ever!! i've been looking at all the bloggers who live in amsterdam with jealousy of this awesome experience, all though freezing i'm sure!

Unknown said...

LOVE it! Are you friends with Liz from Explore Dream Discover? She lives in Amsterdam and has really similar pictures up right now too! You guys might have been standing right next to one another!

This really does look so fun, it makes me want to just pop up to Amsterdam for the weekend!

Rachael said...

Thanks Kelly!!

Nicole - it really IS the coolest thing...my first step onto the canal resulted in non-stop squeally laughter! Unfortunately it melted just as fast as it came :( Hope BCN is treating you very nicely!!!

Daryl - Yes! I know Liz! Met her for coffee a few weeks ago, had dinner with her and some other girls last week...so nice to meet new friends while being so far from home...I'm sure you can relate! I think everyone was out on the canals last weekend! It was quite the spectacle to experience :) If u do happen to pop over here at any point, let me know!

Unknown said...

I was just about to ask if you knew Elizabeth! Haha y'alls pictures are identical. I am so glad I found your blog from Jenni! Loving it. Newest follower :)


Bev said...

your boots are hot girl!! love the pics and looks like you are in a blissful environment ;)

Xoxo ☺ said...

Beautiful pictures! Xo

Jeanelle said...


Amazing pics! You captured the fun of that day perfectly. Also, equally important, WHERE did you get your boots? So cute, I love em.

Have a great weekend!

Melanie said...

your life sounds amazing. want to trade? :)

chantal marie said...

Hi! I just came over from Jenni's Friday Feature! I was planning on perusing your whole blog before I commented on anything, but I loved your pics so much I was instantly hooked. Cant wait to see more and read about your adventures!

Tiffany said...

Oh my gosh, it's beautiful! Visiting from Jenni's blog--I'm your newest follower! Can't wait to read all about your European adventure. :)


Jane {In The Pink & Green} said...

Beautiful photos! I just found your blog via Story of My Life and I absolutely love it (and I'm your newest follwer)! I'm trying to convince my hubby that we should move to Europe, so I'm really looking forward to reading about your adventures! xoxo

Suget said...

Wow!! That is so cool! What an enjoyable experience

Anna said...

Gorgeous photos! My dad is from the Netherlands and he had to become a runner when he came to the US because there weren't any canals to speed skate on here. Stay warm!!!

JustineC said...

I'm LOVING your gorgeous photos and adventures - so much so I just had to award you a Liebster Blog Award xx For all the deets check here: http://g-o-a-m.blogspot.com/2012/02/moi-blog-awardddddddddd.html

Unknown said...

Those are some great pictures! Great outfit and great blog girl :)

Hanna said...

How fun. Love the photos. I am stopping by from Jenni's blog. I am also a sponsor of hers. New follower. Nice meeting you

Emily @ Emmy June said...

I've heard about ice skating the canals in the winter and the thought totally blew my mind. What an amazing experience.

My hubby and I were in Amsterdam in Aug 2010.

I found you via Story of my Life. I'm from MI, moved to SoCal, moved to Sydney Australia :) Looking forward to reading more about your travel adventures!

Megan said...

Hey, I'm new to your blog and I just wanted to say I love it and you. Hope you have a great weekend!

Eesh said...

These are gorgeous photos! I'd totally break my leg ice skating lol.

I LOVE your wedge...boots :S they're super cute xx

Kristina said...

how cool is that to walk on the canals? loving it! enjoy!