Who are you?
I’m Ali, a small-town Maine gal currently living in Amsterdam, snapping photos and blogging along the way. By day I work in an ad agency, but the rest of the time you’ll find me ridding my bike around Amsterdam, exploring Europe, and cooking travel-inspired meals. Amsterdam & Beyond is a collection of my adventures, and here you’ll find four categories: Food, Travel, Amsterdam, and Love.
How can I reach you?
If you’d like to get in touch with a partnership inquiry, you can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I have an info pack with site stats and analytics available upon request.
I’m a busy bee but I love hearing from my readers as well :) You can also e-mail me at email@example.com and I’ll do my best to get back to you! I’m also an avid user of Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter if you’d like to follow along or ask a question there.
Where should I start reading?
Here are a few of my favorite posts: Dutch Stroopwafels, Story Deli in London, Maine Barn Weddings, Cannes Day 4, Lisbon Day 1, German Christmas Market Day 1, Coloring, and Indoot Tent. And if you’re planning a trip to Amsterdam, here is my guide to the city and some top recommendations on when to visit, where to go, what to see . . . enjoy!
What kind of camera do you use?
There are two cameras that I use regularly – a Canon Rebel T3i and a Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3. The Rebel is awesome. I’ve had it for two and I’m still learning how to use it. It takes lovely photos and it’s the ideal camera for those looking to buy their first DSLR. I got the Panasonic for Christmas last year, and I’m really enjoying this piece of technology as well. Of course the photos are not as nice as the DSLR, but I wanted something I could keep in my purse and whip out at a moment’s notice – something slightly better than my iPhone. The Panasonic is a great little toy and my next purchase will be a pancake lens to make it even more portable.
Do you disclose freebies?
Because I’m a blogger, sometimes people want to give me free stuff. Most of the time I end up saying no, because hey, I have my own stuff already. If I do accept a gift, I’ll always let you know it was a freebie. And if I don’t like it, I won’t waste my time telling you about it! I love blogging, and for this reason I’m not a member of an affiliate program and I don’t put ads on the site. Blogging is my hobby, and I’m not trying to make money from it! If that were the case, I would probably stop liking it, and I have a feeling you would too.
Where are you from?
I grew up just outside of Boston. When I was twelve, my parents moved to a seaside town Maine, and decided to take me with them. I loved meeting new people and discovering the contrast between city life and country living. When I graduated from high school, I went to college four hours away from home, in Vermont. Again I was reminded of the rush I get when reinventing myself, starting fresh, and making new acquaintances. Three years into college I finally got myself a passport and studied abroad in England. I loved England so much that I went back a year later to get my master’s degree in Leeds. Not long after I got a job in Amsterdam, and have never looked back! I hope to call many more places ‘home’ in my lifetime. The ‘where are you from’ question is hard, as I’ve left so many pieces of my heart in so many places around the world.
Is blogging your job?
No, blogging is not my job. I work at an advertising agency called Sid Lee. I’m an Account Director, which means it’s my job to work with our clients and make sure the right people are doing the right things to make kick ass ads. Sometimes I’m really busy at work and can’t blog for a week or two. But I have a little pocket calendar where I write down recipe ideas, trips, and restaurants I want to try, which makes blogging fun and easy. Usually I take photos in my free time on the weekends, and then write once or twice a week after work. After managing the creative process all day at in the office, I love coming home and being my own art director and content creator. Blogging – photographing, cooking, traveling, exploring – is my creative outlet.
Happy reading x
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