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Me and my mom went out for a day of buying junk at a flea market at the Ijhallen in Amsterdam!

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To end our summer holiday joyously Anne and I went to the festival Into The Great Wide Open (ITGWO), which is a music festival that is held on the Dutch island of Vlieland. Vlieland is a very small island (only about 1100 inhabitants) and the festival is carefully created to match the island’s atmosphere. Everything is organised on a rather small scale and therefore very relaxed. This relaxed vibe already started with getting to the island on the boat, wind in our hair and happy people with wine bottles all around. On the island itself we stayed at a camping, where there was plenty of space to put our tent, so we didn’t have to fight to get a good spot (which is usually the case at festivals).

The festival itself turned out to be very cute and exciting. There were beautiful little concerts in the woods, fires on the beach, interviews in backyards, concerts in people’s living rooms, acoustic sets in the dark forest and much more intimate experiences. At this festival I felt so close to the artists and their music, much more than at any other festival I’ve been to. Apart from the music there was some amazing art, and a film programme as well (We went to see Lord of the Flies, but I didn’t really like it.)

The festival aims primarely at people in their 30’s and their kids, so there was also a lot organised for the kids. This was done in a very cute way (more about that later) and made all the kids so happy. Actually, everything at this festival was done in a very cute way. The overall design of the festival (with wooden signs, wooden chairs, crooked wooden “buildings”, slings hanging from the trees, blue caravans, a ferris wheel-restaurant and so much more) was so pretty and made us just feel happy. The work that went into all the details that created that atmosphere was so amazing. We loved it and will definitely be going back next year!

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