21! (and a special visitor)

What a crazy whirlwind the last week was! After returning home from Prague on Monday evening and all of the election craziness on Tuesday and Wednesday, it was so nice to have my friend Emily come and visit from London, where she is studying for the year. She arrived on Wednesday evening for the weekend to visit Amsterdam and help me celebrate my 21st birthday!

Thursday I was in class all day but we began the birthday celebrations with a girls night. Shannon decorated her room and we all hung out, drank champagne and ate a lot of chocolate! On Friday, Emily and I headed into the city to do some shopping and sightseeing. It is always fun to have people come and visit because it gives me an excuse to see some of my favorite parts of the city and discover new places I may have never been!

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Walking around the Jordaan; my favorite part of the city!

We shopped, walked and chatted about our semesters and caught up. Luckily Shannon was able to meet us in the city and we all headed for dinner and drinks.

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I took them to Foodhallen which is one of my favorite eating spots in Amsterdam. It is basically one huge room that contains many different food stands. They have the most AMAZING gin and tonic bar that serves your classic G&T but also has really cool recipes to choose from. My favorite is the lavender and green apple one. I also grabbed a truffle burger from The Butcher. In my opinion, this was the perfect meal!

Saturday (my birthday!!!) we took a tour of the historic Tuschinksi Theater and the Anne Frank House with our Semester in Amsterdam program. It was a full day and we were happy to come back home and take a rest before heading out for a birthday dinner!

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After dinner, we all headed to Door 74 which is a speakeasy style cocktail bar. It was very cozy and fun to have it all be a bit secretive! By American standards, I’m sure it was a very calm 21st birthday, but to me it was perfect!

What a wonderful way to spend a birthday weekend and one of my last few weekends in Amsterdam! It’s crazy to think that over the next four weeks I’ll be traveling to five different countries, and then only one more weekend in Amsterdam before I head home. Lots of exciting travel posts to follow!

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I love this city

xxLauren

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