I think it's safe to say that out of the 3 countries we visited on our honeycation, Amsterdam was by far our favorite in the sense that Charles and I could seriously imagine ourselves living there. From the canals, to the food and the people, The Dam was where we felt the most comfortable in our skin. English is majorly spoken so it was super easy to communicate with everyone and riding bikes in a city where bikers have the right of way over pedestrians and cars meant that we were able to cover more distance without exerting as much energy as we did walking (score). I'm so glad that we were able to spend a decent bulk of our trip (4 1/2 days to be exact) exploring Amsterdam and learning about it's awesomely unique and open culture.
As you can see from the photos above, we squeezed alot of action into 4 days... Every single day, Charles and I were out of the door by 10am and home each night (err morning) around 2am (or later). What with us lucking out and arriving just in time to take part in their Gay Pride Week celebrations, Amsterdam's party scene energy was sky high and we had no intention of missing out on the fun and debauchery. We figured we would catch up on the sleep we didn't get when we got back to U.S. haha! And don't worry, there are plenty more photos where these came from. I can't wait to go into detail and share with you everything we did while we were there! Wellll maybe not everything... Some kinds of debauchery are best left un-blogged about ;)
Just a few words of motivation I found via Tumblr to help get you through this Monday...
I know I said I would share some "Postcards from Amsterdam" last week. Obviously, that didn't happen. But today is a new day. This week is a new week... Annnd I'm feeling a bit more organized than I was last week which is a major sign of progress. Last week, I ran myself raggard doing things, like my readings and homework, at the last minute. But as of today, my readings and homework are alllll done and ready to be submitted for my class tonight annnd my class on Wednesday! Let's see if I can keep it up and maybe even find time to whip up a decent blog post with pretty pictures from the Dam. I make no promises but since this week is already off to a good start, I'm hoping the odds will continue to be in my favor...
As some of you may or may not know, prior to getting married this past July, Charles and I had been together for 7 years... And during those 7 years, we never once celebrated an anniversary because we forgot to make note of the day and month that we started dating. So you can imagine how new we are to this whole idea of celebrating any type of milestone... So new to the idea, in fact, that we completely forgot to celebrate our 1st month of marriage but luckily my girl, Michael, was on top of the game and sent us a little reminder via Twitter haha! Anywho, I figured we should make up for forgetting our 1st month by remembering to celebrate our 2nd month of marriage at one of my favorite dim sum spots in D.C. called Ping Pong Dim Sum. <-- Isn't that name so much fun to say? It's even more fun when you try to say it 5 times fast.
The last time I went to Ping Pong Dim Sum, I was with my girlfriend, Anna, and we went Ping Pong's Chinatown location in D.C. This time around with Charles (who had never had dim sum before), we decided to go check out their location in Dupont Circle. Annnd of course, being the frugal foodie couple we are, the main reason for us choosing to go to Ping Pong Dim Sum was because Living Social was running another awesome deal for their restaurant (found here) that we just couldn't say no to... $75 for a 5 course Dim Sum Feast for 2 w/ Drinks Included? We likey!
^^ Our "Ping Pong Pitcher" = Sochu (Korean Vodka), White Wine & Lychee Juice. I feel like this photo doesn't do justice for showing just how big the pitcher actually was because his bad mama jamma provided us EACH with 4 glasses of drunken juice.
^^ Crispy Beef & Charles Rubbing His Chopsticks Free Of Splinters...
^^ Honey Roasted Chicken Puffs Creeping Behind The Crispy Beef..
^^ Chicken Wonton Soup Dumplings... The Soup Was Hiding Underneath The Dumpling In The Spoon.
^^ Hoi Sin Duck Bao Sliders
^^ These Vegetable Dumplings Were By Far My Favorite...
They Literally Melted In My Mouth Upon Arrival. #thatswhatshesaid #couldntresist
^^ Three's Company w/ a Spicy Vegetable Dumpling, a Shrimp Dumpling & a Shredded Pork Bun
^^ The Look Of Love...
^^ Annnnd What I Generally Look Like When I Stuff My Face w/ Yummy Food...
^^ Fried Dumpling, Veggie Egg Roll & Crispy Shrimp...
We Were Pretty Stuffed By This Point But There's Always Room For Dessert Right?
^^ Sesame covered doughnut balls filled w/ chocolate ooze accompanied by strawberry and green tea ice cream. NOM.
^^ The ice cream was encased in a hard gelatin covering hence the necessary finger assistance.
^^ Bottom's Up!
After dinner (my opinion on our service at Ping Pong's Dupont location can be found here), we took a stroll around the roundabout for which Dupont Circle is named... Annnd we circled around twice trying to figure out which club to go to before deciding that we really just wanted to go home and tuck in for the night. This manifested into us being in bed and asleep by 11:30pm. I swear... We just can't hang like we used to. Sooo sad but sooo true. Merp.
^^ The 2 photos I was able to talk Charles into taking... Which goes to show that one should never attempt to take outfit pics when tipsy. They may look in focus and sharp when you review them in the heat of the moment but the morning after?? I guarantee you, they will be a blurry mess lol.
^^ And of course... A selfie. Because what's a date night without one? #blackandyellow <3
Now in regards to celebrating our 3 month and 4 month anniversary and so on? We decided over dinner that we would hold off celebrating every month to wait and plan something special for our 1 year anniversary. Dinner was great and all but to have to remember to plan something around the 7th of each month seemed a little daunting to us considering how laid back we are as couple. What about you? Do you celebrate the little milestones of your relationship? Or are you an annual type of celebrator?
Also: Since tomorrow's humpday, I'd like to confess to feeling super proud of how my red lips came out for our date night! This was a very different look for me since I generally look like this every day and I'm happy I pushed myself out of my comfort zone. It took me almost 10 minutes to line my lips and apply the lip stain just right (the dip on my upper lip was the hardest part) but if anybody asks, I woke up like this... #flawless #thepowerofmakeup