Author: Hayley

Cycling in Amsterdam

The sweet spots for cycling in Amsterdam are around the central canal ring and through Vondel Park. But the sweetest of them all is the tunnel under the Rijksmuseum where buskers often play. I go out of my way to incorporate the museum into my route and to have a classical music accompaniment, if only for…

Amsterdam: we’re here, but should we have come?

If you don’t know me in real life, then our sudden location shift to Amsterdam may have seemed like quite the narrative jolt. My last post earlier in the year was about our trip to Bergamo and now there are windmills and canals. There's no such thing as continuity over here, but that’s what happens…

Amsterdam from the water

A brief pause to acknowledge the rather long, rather unintentional blog break that happened over here. We moved to Amsterdam since my last post, and last month, while my parents were visiting, we got to know our new city a little better with our own Amsterdam canal tour. We hired a boat from Mokum, so got…

How to buy take out coffee in Italy

Italy's take out coffee: espresso on a tray delivered by a man in a white coat A photo posted by Hayley Prins (@hayleyprins) on Mar 10, 2016 at 3:58am PST Take out coffee in Italy: it does exist. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to get a take out coffee in Italy. But it…

Shopping in Rovereto

Surreptitious browsing in my favourite Rovereto store. Something of a joke among our friends here is that this area is too wealthy. Why is this a problem? Because it means that making money just does not seem to be a priority. And a business proprietor uninterested in making money is also uninterested in their customer.…

Reading the internet, a recommendation

Link round ups are one of my favourite online article genres. They're both so simple - look at this list of things other people wrote! - and so full of interesting things. Because it isn't possible to read everything on the internet (though I do try), they are the perfect package. And so I am starting…

Rovereto bomb days

One of the more dramatic events of 2015 was the discovery of a rather large (?) bomb in Rovereto. Though we knew nothing of its existence until a week out from bomb disposal day, when we discovered that half of Rovereto was to be evacuated and all north and south transport links shut down. That is more drama than usual.…