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48 Hours In Amsterdam

Last year I visited Geneva for a few days with just my camera. I enjoyed my trip and vowed to make solo photography adventures a regular occurrence. Fast forward to May, 2018 and I took a short flight to Amsterdam for a few days. Here’s what I got up to in my 48 hours there:

  • Walked 33KM around the city
  • Saw a lot of dogs on scooters and bikes
  • Had lunch with Chris, who has been working in Amsterdam
  • Spent €20 on a gin and tonic
  • Ate a life-changing sandwich at Small World Catering
  • Got sun burn
  • Took a canal boat ride

Amsterdam won me over instantly. I can’t explain why exactly, but I haven’t loved a city as quickly as I did with Amsterdam. It was very easy to get to (1 hour and 15 minutes in the air, then a 15 minute train ride into the centre). The weather was perfect. Every person I encountered was friendly (aside from a bad experience on my way home). The food and drink was tasty. It was easy to get around.

I can’t stop thinking about Amsterdam and I’m already considering a second trip. There are so many food places and museums I still have to visit. Have you been to Amsterdam? What did you think of it?

 
 

Another Year of Glasgow Coffee Festival

This was my third year attending Glasgow Coffee Festival. You can see photos from the last 2 years here and here. In some respects it was better than other years (they introduced reusable cups, which in turn saved a grand total of 18,000+ disposable cups). The only disappointment was that no dogs were allowed this year (ignore those photos of Indie—she is an emotional support dog).

I ate cake, drank coffee and chatted to suppliers about the businesses they’re building and coffee they’re roasting. Just like last year, Rab and I had photographed a wedding the day before so we needed caffeine to recover.

 
 

Saturday Mornings at Market Coffee

The Southside is where it’s at. A lot of indie coffee shops have been popping up, including Market Coffee. If you want to drink great coffee in a surrounding that’s perfect for Instagram, this is the place! Shawshank and I could have spent hours here, but 2 coffees and 1 cake was our limit. We’ll definitely be back.

 
 

The Good Coffee Cartel

Oh my, isn’t it exciting when you discover a new coffee shop? Not only that, but one that happens to be a 5 minute walk away… and is dog friendly? The Good Coffee Cartel is nailing it.

The Good Coffee Cartel is a coffee place, roaster and retail shop.  Get ’em checked.

 
 

Blizzard Faces

We had a crazy blizzard hit the UK. People were stuck in their cars overnight, shops were shut, people panic bought bread and milk. It was a very strange few days. I have never seen snow like this! Indie enjoyed it… for about 10 minutes.

 
 

Eilidh and Chris’ Engagement

Let’s do an engagement shoot in Glencoe! In February! That was our plan until a weather warning was issued. It didn’t end up snowing, but it was wet and damp so we relocated our shoot to Luss.

Luss is a village on the bank of Loch Lomond. This area will look pretty even in the wind and rain. Eilidh and Chris braved the cold to get some beautiful shots of them before their wedding in May.

They were fun to photograph, so I’m looking forward to their wedding even more so now. Congrats, Chris and Eilidh.

 
 

Indie’s First Time Off A Lead

Indie’s almost 12, yet I’ve never let her off the lead. Well, that’s not true. There were a couple of occasions and she ran away. She follows her nose—even if that puts her in dangerous situations. It does mean she never gets much of a chance to stretch her legs and run around.

Somebody on Facebook posted about a dog run in Glasgow and by the next day I’d booked a 30 minute slot for Indie. I didn’t know what to expect, so I packed a ball and some toys for her to run around with. It turns out she never left my side and just wanted to dig in the snow. It was very cute.

 
 

Family Holiday in Lanzarote

It was lovely to start 2018 with a family holiday to Lanzarote. This was my nephew’s first time on a plane and he loved it—even through heavy turbulence on the flight home. It was special to experience everything with him for the first time.

It was all-inclusive and I was expecting to come back fat. Fortunately the hotel had an amazing salad bar (yes, I get excited about salad).

Highlights were:

  • Visiting the volcanoes
  • Holding lava rock in my hand. It’s scorching!
  • Spending time with my nephew, Blake
  • Getting some Vitamin D
  • Reading Birdsong on my balcony with sparkling wine

Downsides were:

  • 2 year old tantrums. Respect to all parents out there!
  • Seeing the camels chained together, having to heave fat Brits up a volcano
  • My sister getting ill. There was a bug going round and quite a few of us got it. Fortunately I didn’t, which is a miracle considering I was sat next to my sister for 5 hours on a plane
 
 

Lunar Landscapes

This time last week I was on a family holiday in Lanzarote. It was mostly about entertaining the kids, so there wasn’t a lot of photography action or culture. I did enjoy the express volcano tour, which is when I took these landscapes. (If I was doing this trip with other photographers, I would have hired a car instead of tagged along on an official tour. This experience would be better at sunrise or sunset.)

Lanzarote has a lunar landscape after a volcano erupted for 6 years, which produced 32 new volcanoes. The landscape feels so barren with layers of volcanic rock instead of the greenery I’m used to. Alongside that, there are very strict rules about architecture. Every building must be painted white and can not exceed 4 floors. The volcanic activity makes for some interesting pictures.

 
 

Coffee Time With Rab

Hanging out with my friend, Rab, is one of my favourite things. We both like photography and coffee, so weekend hangs will consist of cameras and caffeine.

It was the 23rd of December, so town was busy with last minute shoppers. We escaped to Laboratorio Espresso in between shooting street photography. I wasn’t happy with any of my street shots, but the coffee was tasty.

 
 
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