Housesitting Jobs and Why They’re Harder Than You Think

Housesitting Jobs and Why They're Harder Than You Think

During our two years of travels, we completed five different housesits. For each one, in return for caring for peoples’ homes, we had to care for at least one dog. I’m allergic to cats, otherwise we could have looked after them too.

If it wasn’t for housesitting, we wouldn’t be living in Amsterdam right now. We fell in love with the city during one of our assignments and haven’t looked back since.

However, housesitting has become much more popular in the time since we joined our first housesitting website and I now see people regularly tout it as a “cheap way to travel the world”. As an apartment and dog owner, I have several problems with this.

The Ultimate List of Amsterdam Attractions

The Ultimate List of Amsterdam Attractions /

For your convenience (don’t say I never do anything for you), I’ve compiled the ultimate list of things to do in Amsterdam. Several of these I’ve been to, some are still on my list. This list doesn’t include neighbourhoods or districts (e.g. the Jordaan, the Red Light District) because I don’t class them as “attractions”; they are just places you can walk around if you choose to.

Scroll down to the bottom for a map showing where each of these attractions is.

Review: ANNE at Theater Amsterdam

ANNE Theater Amsterdam - A review / Homeless and Confused

I’ve talked before about my fascination with anything related to WWII. I read historical fiction books about it, I watch documentaries about it and I ask my Dad (the ultimate history buff) about it whenever I can.

This is a relatively new thing to me, the girl who detested history lessons in school.

But nonetheless, I am intrigued. It amazes me that one man could create the bloodiest war in history. And that it affected the lives of so many. Not least young Anne Frank, whose legacy is apparent on almost every street corner of the city centre here in Amsterdam.

From the first day I saw a billboard advertising ANNE at Theater Amsterdam, a play based upon Anne Frank’s Diary, I knew I wanted to see it. I read the book as a teenager, but at the time I was still the girl that hated history and had yet to visit Auschwitz (which I think was the turning point for me becoming so much more interested in learning about the events of the war itself). Unfortunately for me, the play was only performed in Dutch, so there was no way for me to go and see it.

Then, low and behold, a few weeks ago, a saw a new poster, this time advertising a “multilingual language system” for the play. Hurrah! I kept badgering telling Scott that I wanted to go, but never thought that he would buy me tickets for my birthday this week. So, last night, off we cycled to the theater – a brand-spanking-new building out by Amsterdam’s old timber port.

My Favourite New Zealand Cities

Although several of my favourite places in New Zealand weren’t major cities, but rather smaller and sometimes more rural towns, I have always loved a good city vibe. I’m just one of those girls.

Don’t get me wrong, lounging on a beach all day can be fun, but to me there is nothing more exhilarating than visiting a new city, hearing the hustle and bustle of daily life and feeling excited about exploring its food, bars and attractions.

Because of, or perhaps despite, this, there were only a small handful of New Zealand cities that captured my attention and that I would gladly re-visit, all for different reasons. It will probably surprise many that Wellington is not on this list and that’s for the simple reason that I didn’t like it all that much. For me, it was just “meh”, even though I tried really hard to love it. In the end, I felt like the only place with any life was Cuba Street and even that underwhelmed me. So, needless to say, it doesn’t make an appearance on my top New Zealand cities post. But these places do…

Favourite New Zealand Cities /