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Favorite spot in Amsterdam

Time passes by so fast! I can’t believe the weekend is already here.. I’ve had a good week, hope you all had a good one as well. Last tuesday I went to see Fanfarlo perform at Bitterzoet in Amsterdam. They recently released their third album called Let’s Go Extinct and I’ve been listening to it a lot.

As some of you might know, I am the editor-in-chief for Musicspotter (a Dutch music website), so if you would like to read my review about the concert of Fanfarlo make sure to visit Musicspotter (it is in Dutch though, sorry English readers). Here’s a picture we took of frontman Simon Balthazar.

simon balthazarWednesday was also spend in Amsterdam. I love walking through the city, watching people pass by and visit inspirational hotspots. One of my favorite spots at the moment is Six and Sons (Haarlemmerdijk 31). Downstairs they have a shop where they sell the most amazing interior and furniture items. They also sell magazines like Kinfolk, Cereal, Another Escape and Smith Journal. Upstairs is a great looking space where you can drink coffee, have lunch, work or read magazines (they have the previous mentioned magazines lying around!). My love for this place is beyond comprehension and I keep coming back to it every time I’m in Amsterdam. Sometimes you visit a place and you feel at home right away, that’s what happened when I walked in for the first time here a couple of weeks ago. When you visit make sure to try the hummus sandwich because it’s delicious.

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Another nice fact about the cafe upstairs: every thing you see there is for sale. Including the furniture, prints on the walls and even the cups where they serve their coffee in!

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Good things from last week

I haven’t been very active on the web last week. Monday and tuesday were spent in bed suffering from the flu and wednesday and thursday I was working in Amsterdam. After the flu I  was very lucky to catch a cold (sore throat) which is still bothering me. But there were also some good things happening last week. Here’s a short summary of the good things:

  • I received my very first issue of Kinfolk (hooked!)
  • Rene and I went to see the movie ‘Parkland’ about the murder of President J.F. Kennedy
  • We went to Paradiso to see Wakey!Wakey! play and on friday the performance of our friends from Southern Sunrise at De Stemming
  • We finished watching season 2 of House of Cards (quite a season!)


This weekend my parents visited us, they hadn’t been to the apartment since we moved here the first of December(they live way up in the north of the Netherlands). While they spent the night at a hotel in Haarlem, this little lady above stayed the night with us. On saturday we showed my parents around in the city center of Haarlem and made them some nice pasto pesto rosso. My mom got me a new plant from the saturday market. On sunday morning we went out for an early morning walk  in the park with Chika.

chika2chika3In the afternoon my parents joined us for a beach walk at Bloemendaal. It was a great sunny day which reminded us that spring is just around the corner. Chika went crazy at the beach, she loves digging, running and playing around in the water.


chika op het strandbloemendaalSome new things for the apartment: the plant my mom gave me, new plates and a small vase.

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Scenes from the NeighbourFood market


Last sunday Rene and I went to the NeighbourFood market at the Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam. The Westergasfabriek is an old industrial area that was once used for gasworks but now it’s an area filled with culture (cafe’s, restaurants, cinema, theater etc). The NeighbourFood market (every third sunday of the month) offers some great food, coffee, vintage items and vinyl from retailers that are based in Amsterdam.

puchlightsWe came across a Portugese food stand and got ourselves a puff pastry with piri piri chicken in it. Delicious!

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After the puff pastry we got in line for some cappuccino’s at the Espressobus. The Espressobus is one of the most famous foodtrucks we have here in the Netherlands and it is known for their great coffee and their awesome vehicle (an old Citroen HY).espressobuscappuccinoespressobus cappu

I love their paper cups!chocolatevinyltablewaffels op wielenFor more information about the NeighbourFood market make sure to check out the Facebook page 

Valentine’s Day

handsI hope you all had a nice day filled with lots of  love, I sure had. Mine started with a cup of coffee with Rene this morning. We are not really into buying gifts for each other on Valentine’s Day because we think you should be able to buy your loved ones a gift on any day of the year. Besides, giving someone a present when they least expect one is so much more fun (I love surprised faces). We do however developed a tradition since our first Valentine’s Day together; eating cheesecake! Last year I made one myself but since we’re lacking an oven in this apartment I wasn’t able to make one myself this year. We’ve tried some cheesecake at many different spots so far, but the New York Cheesecake from Starbucks is still our all time favorite. So after work today we headed over to the Starbucks for a cappuccino and a piece of cheesecake.

starbucksWe ordered some dinner tonight and have been hanging on the couch together the whole evening watching season 2 of ‘House of Cards’ on Netflix (so addicting!). Even Obama tweeted about it yesterday which made me smile.

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Valentine’s Day should be more about spending time with your loved ones instead of buying gifts for each other. So I’m heading back to the couch now for more ‘House of Cards’. Have a good weekend everyone!

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A visit from a stranger and avocado

morning sceneThe days are slowly getting brighter which makes me very happy. I’ve been struggling to get out of bed for a couple of weeks, but this week it finally seems to get easier now it’s actually light outside in the morning. Yesterday I was up early when I heard some meowing coming from the garden, it was Kitty. Well let me explain about kitty. People who follow me on Instagram have seen some pictures of this cat before. Kitty, I don’t know what his real name is so decided to call him Kitty to which he actually responds, is the cat from the neighbours. Since the day we moved into this apartment he has been in front of the garden doors calling for us. We figured that maybe the previous residents of the apartment fed him. Anyways, Kitty is here now almost every morning calling out for us so the other day we let hem inside because we love cats and don’t have one ourselves (yet!). He explored the house and was being so cute. Yesterday morning our mr. Stranger was calling at the door again, although we don’t feed him he keeps coming back for some attention. I let hem in and took some photo’s while he enjoyed the sun and was eating our plants. kitty

kitty 2kitty eats the plantsIsn’t he cute?

Yesterday I didn’t get around doing much work so today I’ve started with a good breakfast hoping it would boost my productivity. I had some lovely croissants and a big glass of orange juice with a very cute paper straw. breakfastFor lunch I found an avocado in the fridge and decided to make some knackebröd with cheese, eggs and avocado. So delicious! I’m really starting to appreciate avocado in my life. Do any of you know some good recipes with avocado in it? Let me know in a comment!


Walking through the city enjoying the sun

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The sun was shining this morning and since that’s pretty rare these days I decided to go for a walk through the city. Haarlem has a beautiful church, the saint Bavo, which keeps amazing me every time I walk by it. I walked through some beautiful alleys and little streets.


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I walked across Douwe Egberts café when I decided to grab a coffee there. Although I’m usually avoiding Douwe Egberts because I’m more into the smaller coffee cafe’s I was drawn to this one. Not too weird if you take a look at the old building it was in, I fell in love with the windows right away. When I entered the café I was amazed by how awesome it looked from the inside. I ordered a cappuccino and went upstairs to find myself a nice place to sit and have a better look at the stained glass windows.

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Whenever you find yourself in Haarlem make sure to visit the Douwe Egberts café (zijlstraat 58) to have a look at the beautiful building they’re in. After finishing the cappuccino I headed back home. I was just inside when it started to rain, lucky me! Glad I had a chance to enjoy some sun today.


After thinking about it for quite some time you’re now looking at my brand new blog. Yes! So you’re probably wondering who I am, what to expect from this blog and why the name inside wanderer? I will give you an answer to these three questions.

First of all, who am I? My name is Karin Bijlsma, I’m a redheaded graphic designer living in the Netherlands. I was born on a snowy Christmas Day in 1987 and grew up in the North of the Netherlands. I never felt truly at home in the North (quiet and boring!) and moved to Arnhem when I was 20 years old. Since then I’ve lived in Utrecht and in december 2013 I’ve moved to Haarlem.

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Although I studied Office Management, I’m working as a freelance graphic designer nowadays. Making choices for the future has never been one of my talents unfortunately and that’s why I had quite a difficult time figuring out what I wanted to do in life. Turning myself into the world of graphic design is still one of the best choices I’ve made for these last couple of years.

A few things that I love besides graphic design include music, books, travel, coffee, food, photography, magazines and home interiors. I love the everyday life and think there’s a story to tell every day of the week. I’m starting this blog because I want to share these stories with people from all over the world.

What can you expect from this blog? I will share my day-to-day stories with you about all the interests mentioned above, for example I will share my favourite spots to drink coffee (looking forward to share this with all of you!).

And that leaves me with the last question, why the name Inside Wanderer? I would call myself a wanderer in life, never sure about what’s next in my life. I’m thinking a lot about life in general and how to make the most of it. That’s how I started thinking about myself as an inside wanderer. Also, I think it’s sounds great so let’s stick with that.