My Amsterdam Wishlist for Autumn 2013

I blog a lot about the things I have done. I suppose that is the nature of travel blogging - go, see, do, take photos, write.

What I don't blog enough about are the things I hope to do... In many ways the things we "hope to do" are perhaps more important; they keep us excited, interested, alive.

So here are the things I want and hope to do in Amsterdam while I'm still here. I'll check back in with this list in a few months or so to see how we're getting on...

Have dinner at Lion Noir.

Watch a film at Rialto Cinema, as it's just around the corner from us.

Spend a night in the CitizenM Hotel. (Yes, I know I technically live in Amsterdam now but I've been wanting to check out this design-focused chain of hotel which are popping up in all of my favourite cities so the way I see it is, if I stay in the one in Amsterdam, I'll save myself an airfare!)

Buy pumpkins from the farmer's market at Noordmarkt.Get into the habit of buying flowers from the market every Saturday morning.

Take my brother and his family for a Rijstaffel, a Dutch-Indonesian right of passage.

Try pickled herring.

Take NewMan back to Toscanini for a romantic Italian dinner.

Go back to Moeders, and maybe leave a photo of my Mum there, maybe...Go to Cafe Brecht.

Stay up too late dancing in CC Muziek Cafe.

Take the boat over to Noord Amsterdam.

Go to Rijksmuseum.

And then pop over to Stedilijk Museum.

Work my way through this list of Amsterdam's finest cocktail bars.

Hire a pedalo to get around the canals. It's so touristy and the weather is turning against me, but I really want to do this.Drag NewMan around NEMO museum and then take photos from the top of its sloping roof.

Find the best latte macchiato in this city.

Share drinks and dinner with our new neighbours as often as possible.

Take part in an Amsterdam Delicious tour.

Take photos of the trees turning golden alongside the canals.

Eat a Taart van m'n Taante...

Try some Brazilian and Turkish food as these communities appear to live close to us.Cycle to Haarlem again. (But NOT via Schiphol this time, that was hard work)

Eat more Surinam roti.

Find an outfit or two from the flea market at Waterlooplein.

Go to EYE.

Go back to FOAM with a friend who loves photography as much as I do.

Fall in love with Amsterdam more and more every day...

What's your wishlist of things you hope to do this autumn where you are?

Frances M. Thompson

Londoner turned wanderer, Frankie is an author, freelance writer and blogger. Currently based in Amsterdam, Frankie was nomadic for two years before putting down some roots with her Australian partner and having a baby boy in July 2015. In 2017, she launched WriteNOW Cards, affirmation cards for writers that help build a productive and positive writing practice. When not writing contemporary fiction, Frankie shops for vintage clothes, dances to 70s disco music and chases her son around Amsterdam.
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