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Amsterdam #VanLife Update + 12 Fave Moments from Ireland, Scotland and England

kings day amserdam, what is kings day in amsterdam, adventures in Amsterdam, tongues out friends, #iamsterdam, i amsterdam friendsWe’re in Amsterdam!! King’s Day was CRAZY, orange and crazy. Seeing our awesome friend Mero was AMAZING, orange and amazing ūüôā And now it’s nearly 8pm (Thursday) and we have spent the entire day in pursuit of vanlife’s necessities. 1. Water. We needed to replenish¬†the 16 gallons we carry “on board.” 2.¬†Propane.¬†We hadn’t had any for cooking or heating since leaving England because they use different canisters in Holland (and every other country). I had been very skillfully cooking three-course meals using our one little camping cooker ūüôā

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¬†Surprisingly Starbuck’s aren’t even that prevalent/convenient, they’re generally in the middle of¬†a city center with very limited seating and rarely have¬†power outlets.¬†In the US high-speed wifi cafes are EVERYWHERE, in the UK it depends, in Ireland they’re even less and in Amsterdam the word “Coffeeshop” has a meaning all its own.

coffeeshop in amsterdam, coffee amsterdam, dampkring, coffeeshop, While Vanlife chores seem to take up quite a bit of time, we remember and are grateful for the fact that our time is completely our own.

kings day amserdam, what is kings day in amsterdam, adventures in Amsterdam, tongues out friends, #iamsterdam, i amsterdam couple, where are the iamsterdam letters, giant lettersWith that being said, before we delve deeper into mainland Europe, we want to take the time to share a few of the favorite ways we have spent our time while exploring Ireland, Scotland and England!

leprechaun, saint patricks day cork, saint patricks day ireland, saint paticks day costume, leprechaun kiss1. ¬†Kissing the famous Blarney Stone!¬†Be sure to check our video of how it’s done below!:

Holding onto the safety rails, we leaned back until our puckered lips pressed against the cold, magical (and inevitably germy) rock!

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While kissing the stone was definitely… unique,¬†we thought the rest of the castle grounds were almost¬†even more impressive:

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mannix point campground, best campground in ireland, mannix point kerry campingAt night everyone gathered in the main room potluck style¬†to play their instruments and sing traditional Irish folksongs together! Unfortunately we didn’t get footage of¬†that, but I did manage to capture¬†Drew sewing for the first time… with a pair of pliers and sandpaper?!

5.Searching for¬†Ireland’s¬†best fish and chips (or mushy peas in my case), and discovering them at McDonagh’s!

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6.Visiting the Titanic Museum and seeing the actual shipyard where the Titanic was built on the 104th anniversary of its sinking:

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roman baths, thermae bath spa, things to do in englandAfter learning about the fascinating history behind the¬†Roman Baths (above), we just HAD to get into the water ourselves. The¬†Thermae Bath Spa¬†is the only place in the UK where you can bathe in natural spring water. That paired with¬†the¬†ginger-lemongrass-scented steam room + the rooftop pool + the delicious romantic dinner, made this a completely unforgettable experience. No photos allowed inside, so you’ll just have to use your imagination ūüôā

11.Catching sunset atop the Glastonbury Tor, one of our favorite places in England:¬†glastonbury tor at sunset, glastonbury festival, glastonbury tor hike glastonbury tor at sunset, glastonbury festival, glastonbury tor hike12.Biking along the London Canals and discovering the floating bookstore, “Word on the Water“:

When time is limited it’s important to focus on being efficient, right? While it may feel that way, what’s truly¬†important¬†is focusing on the things that¬†matter most. The reality is, our time is limited each and everyday. Cherish each day thoroughly and spend each moment¬†wisely, happily and lovingly.

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    jgfisch

    April 30, 2016

    What a great blog guys! Loved seeing the Geesey, made my morning!

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      mrandmrsadventure

      May 6, 2016

      The Geesey tends to have that effect doesn’t he :)))

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