The last time I went to Amsterdam I would not stop talking about how much I loved it. I'm always recommending it to people, so when I got the chance to go back again this year I was so excited. Joyce of Artsy Nibs asked me to come and photograph her calligraphy workshop for her at MMousse, the most gorgeous canal house and beautiful creative space.
This time I was in Amsterdam by myself and it was so refreshing to walk around a city I knew fairly well but still able to discover new things in my own time at my own pace. Travelling alone might seem scary, but it's a genuinely liberating experience. To take some time to yourself is a brilliant thing - it's always important to remember how to spend time with yourself.
As well as photographing the workshop, I spent the last day in Amsterdam getting breakfast at Bakers & Roasters (which I heartily recommend - amazing pancakes and iced coffee!), finding the best ramen, stopping off everywhere for coffees and photographing Joyce and Shaun on the streets of Amsterdam.
Something else I'd recommend is a boat tour. It might seem like quite a touristy thing to do but it's the second canal trip I've taken and you learn so much about the history of Amsterdam and seeing the city by water is a truly wonderful experience. I took a 90 minute tour, but you can also get a hop-on hop-off tour which lets you explore the canals and the attractions at various stops.
I stayed at the Lloyd Hotel which is a little further out from the centre located towards the Eastern Docklands, but brilliantly served by a super close tram stop (it's a two minute walk away). The history of the hotel is really interesting (it's gone through various incarnations, from an emigrant hotel to a place for Jewish refugees) and definitely worth staying at to discover the fascinating hallways and artfully designed rooms.