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Corner Bakery - Amsterdam, Netherlands

Whoever said money can't buy happiness, has obviously never bought a Freak Shake from the Corner Bakery in Amsterdam, haha!
I was looking on Instagram for cool places to visit in Amsterdam before our trip there when I came across a photo with one of these amazing milkshakes and pretty much decided on the spot that I had to go there. The Corner Bakery offers many different kinds of sweets and I honestly wanted to try them all but I had my eyes on the Freak Shake! I also ordered some avocado toast since I'm a professional sugar-eater and know my body can't handle that amount of sugar without balancing it out with some "real" food, haha. 
We got there around 4 pm on a Friday and the place was smacked with teenage girls, not surprised though since the café is super "insta friendly" in both food and interior. The Corner Bakery is a bit of the central parts of Amsterdam, and there is not much to see in the area around it, but I would still recommend a visit just to get a Freak Shake, haha. It might honestly have been the most delicious thing I've ever tasted! Take a stroll through Vondelpark on your way over there and you're halfway there!
Read more about my trip to Amsterdam
Travel Diary Day 1 - Travel Diary Day 2 - Travel Diary Day 3 - Hotel2Stay - Coffee & Coconuts -The Breakfast Club
Quick facts about Corner Bakery
Name: Corner Bakery
Menu: Sweet pastries, toasts, smoothie bowls and a wide selection of hot and cold drinks - everything homemade.
Location: Kon. Wilhelminaplein 60-62, Amsterdam
Opening hours: Open daily 8 am to 5 pm
My rating: 
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Travel Diary: Sandhamn

Yesterday I met up with my friend Annie at 6 am to take a day trip to Sandhamn in the Stockholm archipelago.

Even though the 30 000 islands outside of Stockholms central is just a boat ride away, I've never been to a single island before. So bad, I know! Annie, on the other hand, is often out in the archipelago and even has a house on one of the islands and has a web page where you can buy her archipelago photographs. Check it out here.

We took a bus from Slussen to Stavsnäs, and there we jumped on a boat to Sandhamn. If you have a public transportation card in Stockholm (SL Access Card) for 30 days or more, you can actually ride the boats in the archipelago for free during winter. If you don't have the card or planning a visit during the summer, you can buy tickets onboard the boats. We took the first boat of the day and watched the sunrise from the boat and had some breakfast in the small café. 

We got off the boat 8:16 am and started to explore Sandhamn. Such a cute little town! 

The Stockholm archipelago is a popular destination in the summer, and Sandhamn on the island Sandön is probably the most well known (and touristy) of them all. In the winter, on the other hand, the town was very calm and quiet and we actually just met a handful of people during the day so we headed out in the woods to explore more of the island.
We walked in the woods to the other side of the island where we spent our time hiking the beaches and photographing pretty much everything we saw. There was a bit of wind, but we found a perfect windless place upon a little cliff next to Trouville Beach near Rönnuddsvägen where we had lunch out in the open. Is it just me, or does food taste so much better out in nature?
After a couple of hours, we headed back to the town Sandhamn again to wait for the boat back to the mainland. We had some time left so we walked around exploring and photographing pretty much every single building and alley in the town, haha.
The weather during the day shifted a bit between being sunny and cloudy, but the out of nowhere - hell broke loose. Okay, I may exaggerate a bit since I'm not a big fan of either snow or to be cold, but suddenly it started to snow like crazy! The sky just turned dark grey and then the snow fell down, and I had to go inside the local food store (which was open only four hours a day) to buy some candy to survive until our boat came, haha!

We were on the island about 5 hours and I fell asleep straight away when I got home, haha! It is tiring being out in nature ;) Both me and Annie were very happy about our day trip and I have to say that the Stockholm archipelago is not just for the summer, its an awesome winter destination as well if you just dress properly. Now I just want to get out and explore more islands!

Hotel2Stay - Amsterdam, Netherlands

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During our visit to Amsterdam, we stayed at Hotel2Stay*.
It's a hotel next door to Sloterdijk Station where you can get to the airport in 10 minutes or the Central Station in 5 minutes with the train. We lived in a Queen Studio with a big double bed and a fully functional kitchen, and the hotel also offers a gym, sauna, and a rooftop "garden".
Me and my boyfriend have very different travel styles - I want it to be as cheap as possible, while he doesn't mind spending a bit more for better comfort. Therefore, we compromised and ended up both being satisfied with this hotel's high standard - for only 70€ per night. It's a bit outside of the central parts of the city, but the public transportation is very good in Amsterdam so this wasn't anything that bothered us. It may not have been av "WOOOOAW"-experience staying here but the beds were comfortable, everything was tidy and clean and the staff was super friendly, and what more do you really need?
Read more about my trip to Amsterdam
Quick facts about Hotel2Stay*
Name: Hotel2Stay*
Location: Tempelhofstraat 2, Amsterdam
24-hour reception: Yes
Animals allowed: No
Breakfast: Yes 
Gym: Yes
Parking: Yes
Pool: No
Wi-Fi: Yes
Price per night: Around 70€ for a Queen Studio
Distances: Anne Frank Huis (4,1 km), Central Station (4,6 km), Rijksmuseum (5,0 km)
Other: All 157 rooms have their own bathroom and kitchen. Super friendly staff who can help with anything from booking tours to bike rental.
My rating: 
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