Blogsterdam: The Answers To Your Questions

I feel like this is really late, but I actually planned to answer these in October so it’s not really late at all! I am annoyed that I just can’t make this a monthly feature, but oh well. Let’s finally answer these questions!

What’s the most unflattering image you think there is about Amsterdam?

Hmm I think you mean reputation wise? I guess that we’re all on drugs or something haha. Also let me introduce you to this wonderful video that was made in response to Fox News it’s hilarious:

Yeah it’s not a mess guys. It really isn’t.

Do you get have any bother by a person using a preference of Holland over the Netherlands?

Not really. I mean a lot of us say ‘Holland’ instead of ‘Nederland’ a lot of the time as well.

Do you cycle?

Okay this is not something I usually talk about because people in The Netherlands will give you a really weird look and usually laugh at you when you tell them but… I’m afraid to cycle. Yep. I don’t know how to ride a bike because it scares me. Especially the thought of riding one in a busy city like Amsterdam, no thank you. But seriously, it’s so normal to be able to ride a bike that people think it’s crazy when you can’t so I always feel uncomfortable when the topic is brought up and I know I might have to explain that I can’t ride a bike.

What is your favourite and least favourite part about Amsterdam? 
I can’t really explain in words why I love Amsterdam and why I love living here. Partly it’s because it’s my home, but it’s also so historical and magical in a way. My least favourite part is probably how easily people will throw trash on the ground and dirty the city.
If I move to Amsterdam, will that encourage me to actually use my bike and cycle more? 
Haha well that depends! A lot of people ride their bike instead of a car because parking is crazy in the center of the city (plus expensive) but if you don’t ride a car maybe not? But maybe it will motivate you to ride yours when you see so many others riding theirs haha.
Are there any underestimated cities/areas of The Netherlands that tend to get overshadowed by Amsterdam that you think are worth visiting?
Oh definitely! Utrecht (okay I’m a bit biased because that’s where my uni is) is also really gorgeous.
(not my picture)

Not my picture

Seriously I love the canals there. Also there’s a nice atmosphere and the people are really friendly. I haven’t explored it that much, but while Amsterdam is my home, I don’t feel like a stranger in Utrecht either.
Maastricht is also really pretty, but the one time I was there I wore my Converse platform sneakers and a lot of people looked at my shoes like I was wearing cats on my feet or something, so that ruined the experience.

Oh and Zaandam is also really fun to visit! It’s really close to Amsterdam so if you’re in Amsterdam you can just take the train and you’ll be there in like ten minutes or less (depending on where in the city you’re leaving from of course)

Not my picture

Not my picture

Just look how cute? It’s not like the entire village looks like this though!
Where am I most likely to find Douwe? 😉
I’M SORRY EM I DON’T KNOW. You will definitely find him at his own concert of course. Maybe you’ll be lucky like me and see him as a guest during a different concert (how cool would that be??? Live tweet me when that happens). He opened his own bar in Amsterdam but I can’t find the address (obviously I’ll let you know when I find it). He does live in Amsterdam so there’s a bigger chance that you’ll run into him than when you’re in the UK so…
Also to most of you who probably have no idea what’s going on, the question is about Douwe Bob a Dutch singer who represented us at Eurovision and the love of Em’s life just kidding ;P. Here’s Douwe’s performance at Eurovision:

If you could live anywhere in The Netherlands, would you want to stay in Amsterdam or live somewhere else? 
I definitely want to stay in Amsterdam! If I’m going to move out of the city, I’m going to move out of the country. That sounds very dramatic; I’m just saying that there’s no other city in The Netherlands that I love as much as Amsterdam and that I feel at home at.
What’s your advice for making friends in Amsterdam? Any tips for making new Dutch friends?
Just be yourself! Don’t be afraid to speak your mind and joke around, as long as you’re not rude. Of course it depends on the person, but ‘Amsterdammers’ are always up for a chat and love wittiness and teasing each other in a fun way.
If I only had ONE day in Amsterdam, what place(s) would you advice for me to see?
Oh my gosh only one day! Well obviously you need to visit The American Book Center ;) Also you have to see the canals of course. I think the best way to spend the one day you have is to explore the center really. That way you can soak up the most of Amsterdam.
What kind of food should we absolutely try while in Amsterdam ?
STROOPWAFELS. OH MY GOD STROOPWAFELS. STROOPWAFELS ARE THE BEST. 10/10 WOULD RECOMMEND. Hot or cold, both is good (definitely try both though). Pepernoten are also good, especially covered in chocolate (ESPECIALLY covered in chocolate), but we don’t sell those all year long (we eat them around Sinterklaas, a holiday in December, but they start appearing in August or something already it’s crazy AND there’s a pepernoten store somewhere, though I don’t remember where). Marie this question is making me hungry omg.
Stroopwafels, a.k.a. the love of my life

Stroopwafels, a.k.a. the love of my life

Pepernoten

BUT SERIOUSLY GET THESE CHOCOLATE COVERED GOODIES INSTEAD

BUT SERIOUSLY GET THESE CHOCOLATE COVERED GOODIES INSTEAD

Favourite place outside of the city ? Could be in the suburbs, or in the Netherlands in general
Ooh I don’t know! This used to be Bakkum, but I haven’t been there in years. It’s a camping site not too far from Amsterdam and my grandparents went there every year, but when my grandmother got sick they sold the caravan and everything so I haven’t been there in over four years. If I went there now I probably wouldn’t love it as much as I did back then since it would make me sad (and I don’t know how much it has changed over the years!) but it was very peaceful and I loved being surrounded by nature. I went for long walks with my grandmother every day and I just sat outside and read.
Do you ever go around the city on bike, and would you recommend it?
Since I can’t ride one, I don’t. I don’t know if I’d recommend it either. I think riding one at one of the parks could be fun, but if you’re not used to riding a bike in a city like Amsterdam it might be a bit stressful!
Did you already go to see the TFIOS bench ? (sorry I HAD to ask that one haha)
Not specifically haha. I mean I might have seen it without realising it’s THE bench? I  thought I could handle The Fault In Our Stars even though cancer is a huge trigger for me, but when I read it I realised I really couldn’t (I haven’t seen the film either) so I haven’t gone out to look for the bench either.
Places to go outside of the obvious touristic ones? BOOKSHOPS? Shopping? GREAT FOOD?
Aaah let me think! I feel like tourists are maybe not that aware of our markets? (except for the Flower Market) But we do have those and they’re nice! Like the Noordermarkt, Waterlooplein Market and Albert Cuyp Market. If you love cats I’d definitely recommend the Cat Boat. There are so many more places I could recommend but I just can’t think of any!
For bookshops of course The American Book Center that I already talked about, but we also have a Waterstones (really close by the ABC!) and while it’s a Dutch bookshop Scheltema is really worth a visit! They also sell English books, but I just really like the store itself (one day I’ll hopefully do a Blogsterdam on it). It has four floors and it’s just really pretty. Oh and every Friday there’s a book market at the Spui, which is the square where the ABC is located!
Usually when I myself go shopping I tend to go Kalverstraat, Nieuwendijk and Dam Square, but really I’d recommend to just explore the center of the city because there are a lot of shops to discover there! Also the area around Waterlooplein has some interesting shops and we have our own Chinatown (make sure to visit YoYo if you love bubble tea! And if you don’t visit it anyway because it’s also a store and they sell some really cute stuff).
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Omg look at my panda sneakers I haven’t worn those since FOREVER. I need to wear them again. But now it’s Autumn and rainy and I don’t want my pandas to get wet that sounds so weird. Also rip that bag it’s been broken for over a year and I need to get it fixed

Oh boy there’s so much great food where do I start. Okay so my favourite restaurant has to be A-Fusion, also located in Chinatown. It’s a bit expensive BUT SO WORTH IT. They also have great bubble tea and oh my God just everything is so good I’m practically drooling as I’m typing this. Really, if you love Asian food, eat here. If you want to try stroopwafels I recommend to just buy them at Albert Heijn (our biggest supermarket chain) from the Albert Heijn brand itself. Oh and Van der Linde in my opinion has the best ice cream, but that depends on your taste. It’s very creamy and made with the best whipped cream, but not everyone likes it of course (there’s always a really long line in the Summer but really, it’s worth it and it won’t take that long!) They also sell other desserts. I’d definitely recommend their chocolate truffels and mergpijpjes. Also there are a lot of stores that will try to lure you in with the delicious smell of Belgian waffles so good luck. Again Marie you’re making me so hungry with this question oh my God. I want all of the stuff I just mentioned.
Why do you think more films aren’t filmed in Amsterdam?
Hmm I don’t know! I’m guessing you mean international films? Since Dutch tv shows and movies are filmed here. I think Amsterdam would make a great setting for movies, though I hope they wouldn’t go with the ‘Amsterdam is so dangerous it’s full of drugs!!’ narrative.
What do you think the most romantic part of the city is?
Hmm I think the canals at night, when it’s bathed in all the lights.
Ever met anyone famous?

When I was little my mom and I ran into this Dutch girl group at the McDonalds and I got their autograph #score

How would you describe each season, in terms of weather and how people respond (by actions/attitude/clothing choices) to the weather?

Spring: lots of rain and if it doesn’t rain people will complain about their hay fever (like me aaay). At the sign of the smallest ray of sunshine people will take out their T-Shirts and shorts and wear them like it’s Summer already even though I’m still wearing jumpers and I don’t know how many layers because it’s not Summer

Summer: people tend to complain that ‘we haven’t had a good Summer in years!!’ but honestly do we ever get a good Summer?? I don’t remember ever experiencing a ‘good Summer’. It still rains a lot. If we do get warm weather, the day will usually end in rain and thunder and misery. And usually when it gets warm it’s suffocatingly hot and just not pleasant. Also more hay fever yay.

Autumn: Most Rain™ along with Winter, crazy twelve year olds who think it’s cool to not wear a coat when it’s almost freezing and to get pneumonia, more Rain™, you won’t know what to wear like it’s too hot for Winter clothes so it’s a very confusing time

Winter: sometimes we get snow (we used to get a lot more snow and it used to freeze a lot (actual freezing, when I say ‘freezing’ I’m usually exaggerating) but then climate change happened) but it’s usually not a lot and it melts quickly. Usually we’re just stuck with gross muddy snow (I’m speaking for Amsterdam, it’s different in other parts of the country).
I hope I made you guys a bit wiser about Amsterdam. If I made you hungry, I’m sorry. I really am, because I made myself hungry and I have none of the foods I’m craving right now at home (seriously tempted to message my mom and ask her if she can bring stroopwafels…) What are some fun facts about your country? Let me know in the comments!
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Q&A Answers!

*laughs awkwardly* This is not late at all. Nope.

*silence*

I’M SORRY GUYS IT’S NOT LIKE I FORGOT BUT I FORGOT. I had actually answered most questions, but then forgot to post it. Woops. BUT BETTER LATE THAN NEVER RIGHT

Why did you start your blog?

I’m going to cheat and copy-paste my answer from an older blog post haha:

I had blogged before, but not about books and writing, also not on WordPress but on Blogger. I did like writing blogposts (of course I did!), but there was something missing. I wasn’t really writing about my passions (I didn’t even think of book blogging) and I didn’t really meet the nice community that I have met now, so it just wasn’t fun! Last year my mom asked me why I didn’t have a blog and I started thinking: ‘why don’t I blog anymore?’ so I took the leap, started this blog and decided to just write about whatever I wanted.

Are you friends with any other bloggers?

Yes! There are many bloggers I’ve met since I started blogging and consider my friends. I love you all!


If you could be in one fictional world what would it be?


If you could choose only ONE of your book boyfriends to bring to life, who would it be?

HAHA THIS IS SUCH A CRUEL QUESTION. I’m going to go with Percy Jackson. Except he’d never want me because he already has Annabeth (and I would never expect him to dump her for me, I mean, who’d dump Annabeth Chase?!). Though that would be a problem with most if not all of my book boyfriends, since they’re all in relationships… WHY ARE ALL THE FICTIONAL GUYS TAKEN (and why are they fictional)

Do your friends and family read your blog and which celebrity do you most wish read your blog?

My mom has read bits, but the rest of them don’t read it. Most don’t even know about it (my family knows because my mom told them haha).

Which celebrity do you most wish read your blog?

I’m going to go with J.K. Rowling. Not only is she my favourite writer, she is one of my role models and I’d be so honoured if she read my blog (and enjoyed it of course!) .

How do you decide which book you are going to read next?

I’m a mood reader mostly. I look at my shelves to see which ones I haven’t read yet and then pick one, depending on what genre I’m in the mood for. I KNOW THIS ANSWER IS SO UNINTERESTING I’M SORRY.

What do you do to get out of a reading slump?

I do something else (write, watch a tv show/film, play video games etc.) and then pick it up again. If I’m still not in the mood for it I pick up something else. Rereading favourites helps a lot! I think it was in July that I had a bit of a reading slump, so I reread Fangirl, Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door and they really got me out of it.

What is your favourite series?

This is probably not going to surprise anyone (if it does, you must be new! Hi! *waves*): Harry Potter.

If you could bring one fictional character who died back to life, who would it be?

WARNING: SCROLL FOR YOUR LIFE IF YOU HAVEN’T READ HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX YET OH ALSO DEATHLY HALLOWS. 

Sirius Black. Or Fred Weasley. I might be more tempted to say Fred, since Sirius is FINALLY reunited with the Marauders and I don’t think he’d be happy if he came back from the dead when all of his friends are dead and they were finally together again (though of course I’d want to bring him back for Harry). If Fred came back he wouldn’t leave anyone behind, plus his family is devastated after his death (GEORGE) and they’d all be so happy to be reunited with him again.

WHY CAN’T I BRING ALL OF THEM BACK TO LIFE (the ones I like of course)

What inspired you to start blogging?

Honestly? I’m not sure haha. I just started, I don’t think anything inspired me! (boring I know haha). I wish I could give you guys a great, inspiring answer to this one, but that would be a lie.

I am a newer blog, and still kind of trying to figure this out, so what kind of content do you find readers like most? The chatty kind where you just talk about your life or structured/planned content?

Interesting question! Both are well liked and commented on, as long as your content is interesting and/or fun, I don’t think it matters!

Who designed your fantastic blog title picture?

I used an app called MomentCam, which has a lot of drawings to choose from. You then use your own photo to get your face in them and tadah! Its’ really easy. I coloured the drawing in myself though, since I found it a bit boring without any colour! Back then I used a Chinese photoshop program (I’m afraid I don’t remember the name), but it can’t be installed on a Mac so now I use Adobe Photoshop, which works just as well!

If you could, which Harry Potter character would you be and why?

I’m not sure I’d want to be a particular character! I’d rather be myself, attend Hogwarts and meet all the characters and hopefully become their friend!

What editor do you use for your post header pics?

For the headers with the drawings of me in it, see the previous question about it. To make them into actual headers I use Canva though. For editing in general I use Photoshop, Fotor and Pixlr.

Are you minoring in anything in university/college?

Nope! (wow, such an interesting answer haha. I’m on fire with the interesting answers)

What do you plan on doing as a career (besides an author) after finishing school?

Journalism! I’d love to work at a magazine or newspaper. Though who knows, I might want to do something else in the journalism field after I’ve studied it! Third and fourth term focus on television and radio – maybe that’s my calling haha.

How long do we have to wait for “LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, I PRESENT TO YOU MICHELLE’S DEBUT NOVEL” Oh c’mon already! [:

AW THANK YOU ZIN.

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I promise you guys will be the first to know (after my mom and grandfather, sorry they have dibs haha) if I get published! LET’S HOPE NANO WILL HELP TO SHORTEN THE WAIT.

When did you begin to learn English?

I don’t remember the exact age, but when I got my Gameboy Advance. I started learning English through Pokémon and Hamtaro games haha!

Why Hufflepuff? Favourite character from that house?

Pottermore sorted me there, though I did suspect I might be a Hufflepuff before that. I wasn’t sure though, since Hufflepuffs don’t even appear that much throughout the books so I couldn’t really compare myself to anyone.

Tonks or maybe Helga Hufflepuff herself! (“I’ll teach the lot and treat them just the same.“)

Again sorry it took me so long! I have no excuses haha. ANYWAY. I’d ask you guys what fictional characters you’d want to bring back, but I’m afraid to get spoiled haha (plus you might accidentally spoil others in the comment section. We don’t want that!) So I’m going to ask you guys the same question Alex asked me: which celebrity do you wish read your blog?

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Q&A

Hey guys! So in my survey last month I asked if I should hold a Q&A and most of you either said yes or maybe. None of you said no, so I decided to hold the Q&A! Ask whatever you want in the comments and I’ll post my questions in a few weeks (not sure when I’ll close it).

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