Sunday Selections

December 28, 2014

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you were surrounded by loving family, delicious food and lots of laughter this festive season.

We weren’t able to make it to Australia this year for Christmas and so we did the obvious next best thing: travelled! Surprise, surprise. We escaped Berlin and spent a short Christmas getaway in Amsterdam instead. Our days were spent wandering the beautiful canals in the Jordaan district — arguably Amsterdam’s most charming neighbourhood and our obvious choice of location to base ourselves — indulging in Dutch pancakes, lots of red wine and far too much appeltaart. We rented a bright, little Airbnb apartment overlooking the canal, complete with fireplace and all. If we couldn’t spend Christmas at home with family, this was definitely the next best thing.

Amsterdam Canal Houses

Here are this week’s favourite links:

WATCH: What happened when filmmaker Devin Graham gave his camera to the beautiful people of Nepal to play with? This happened and it’s oh so heartwarming. I’d love to go back there one day soon.

READ: I just can’t get my head around how New York-based artist Maude White crafts her meticulous paper carvings entirely by hand using only a craft knife. That’s talent, right there.

EAT: These whole grain banana bread waffles are the perfect, comforting winter breakfast. Now, if only I owned a waffle iron.

MAKE: What are your plans for bringing in the new year? These 32 sparkling DIY decoration ideas for your NYE party will get your party started.

BUY: Stepping off the train from Amsterdam a few days ago, I noticed instantly that temperatures in Berlin had plummeted. Sub-zero numbers are now forecast to take us through to the new year and I’ve decided that this luxurious knit is what I need to stay cosy.

GO: Well, this year’s basically over and I’ve been busy lately trying to map out all of my travel planning for 2015. A fresh, new year is an exciting prospect isn’t it? Where will it take you? Whilst I already have some very exciting journeys planned (details soon, I promise!), I’m looking to Lonely Planet’s list of the best value destinations for 2015 for extra inspiration and to help those travel funds stretch a little further.

Wishing you a wonderful night full of celebration this coming NYE. Sunday Selections will be back in the new year!

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