Amsterdam and Stockholm | Mapiful

Welcome back to my blog with an article about my posters from Amsterdam and Stockholm by Mapiful. Maybe you know already why those two cities are so important to me, but let me tell you a little story..

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Amsterdam and Stockholm

Oh boy, how much I was traveling between Amsterdam and Stockholm when I just met my husband and we were dating or actually seriously having a long-distance relationship for about 9 months. Sometimes I worked 6 days in a row to visit him for 3 days and working again 6 days in a row when coming back to Amsterdam. What a life that was. Friday night after my shift, quick the train to Schiphol Airport with my hand luggage packed already to arrive 23.30 pm in the night and be picked up by my love. It was very romantic! My husband came a lot for business to Amsterdam, that is actually how we met. Our first kiss was in Amsterdam. Every time he did some business in Amsterdam, we had some time together at night.

We lived in Stockholm for a while after we moved in together. We got engaged as well. I became pregnant of Féline and I graduated my Swedish language studies. After that, we had a holiday away from Stockholm to the Netherlands, mostly visiting family and friends. We drove all the way to Amsterdam by car. We had one stop in Copenhagen for one night. We also brought our dogs with us.

While being 5 months pregnant, suddenly I became very ill. I had pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Very dangerous for me and our baby. Life threatening for us both. While being in the hospital in Amsterdam (VU), Féline was taken out of my bump being exactly 6 months young. We lived for 4 months in Amsterdam to be by her side every day. She was in the NICU and couldn’t be transported while fighting for her life. After four months we lost the battle. We never brought our little girl to Stockholm.

Being pregnant from our second baby, now in Stockholm again, our next baby will be born here. You certainly understand that Amsterdam and Stockholm are our most important cities. Me being Dutch and my husband grew up in Sweden. I found a way to give this story and our story together a place in our home. I found the perfect symbol; two prints of the maps of Amsterdam and Stockholm by Mapiful.

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Mapiful is so cool, you can customize your own map! You search for any city and zoom in how much you like. There are many styles and you can change the title of your map. For example, Stockholm can be “STHLM” as well if you like that. You write it yourself! Sweden can be “Sverige” (Swedish for Sweden). So many option! You choose the size and if you’d like the map landscape (horizontal) or as a portrait (vertical). There are some different styles you can choose from. Maybe you’d like a big map with just a small description saying Stockholm, Sweden for example. Try it out, it’s really fun! I was so lucky that Mapiful offered me to customize two maps, you understand, from Amsterdam and Stockholm! It’s such a beautiful symbol in our home. Not just two maps. Two hearts that became four hearts. The love of two that became a family of four and two dogs. All in two world cities.

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Order with discount

Since I’m such a big fan of the concept of Mapiful, I can share my enthusiasm with you. You can order your own Mapiful map-poster here with -15% discount! Use my discount code: SABINE15 !

Which city has an important story for you? Tell me about your favorite city and why in a comment below, if you like… I would love to hear it!

From Stockholm with love,


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  • Reply
    5 March 2017 at 13:30

    Ze zijn erg mooi, ik heb ze al in het echt gezien en inderdaad het vertelt jullie story.
    Heel apart, echt een aanrader.
    De foto’s zijn ook weer heel mooi

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    Berlin | Momi Berlin
    5 March 2017 at 13:37

    Those framed maps are certainly beautiful to look at. They are indeed elegant. I could feel your excitement and sentiments as you give us a background of the two places very dear to you. No doubt thet deserve a place in your house and life.

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    KT Nielsen
    5 March 2017 at 15:33

    I was smiling when I started reading your post and while going through the next paragraphs. As soon as you shared that you lost the battle and lost your first baby, I cried. I can’t imagine the pain. I lost my baby in January as well and until now I am still grieving. The baby was only 8 weeks. We will be travelling to Europe in June and we will have a layover in Schiphol. I will for sure remember you as soon as we land. We will then fly out to Copenhagen and then Prague. We will also have a short trip in south Sweden in August before we fly back to the Philippines. The framed maps looked really nice and I will check if hubby likes it too.

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    Princess Mikee
    5 March 2017 at 15:36

    It simple and suits your place. On top of that, the story behind these cities are memorable. Nice concept.

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    5 March 2017 at 18:08

    Its a great idea to hold sweet memories for a long.Passing of the time, it becomes precious and valuable. Indeed its a nice concept for home decor, displaying the story of two people,two countries within two frames…excellent!!

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    5 March 2017 at 18:15

    Oh wow. What a story. I can only imagine how hard times you have had together in Amsterdam, but on the other hand there is so many good memories related to both. Those poster sure put those beautifully together. 🙂

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    5 March 2017 at 19:58

    This was so beautiful story! So sorry to read about your lost but i wish you have a wonderful life now with your new baby which is on the way.
    I like both of the posters, i am going to check whether i can find one of my favorite city, Paris.

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    5 March 2017 at 19:58

    Loved hearing more about your story and discovering your blog, its gorgeous. I am looking for artwork for my house at the moment and this is such a cool idea, I love it. Going to check out the site now and I am secretly hoping they ship to New Zealand. Wish me luck

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    Jasmin N
    5 March 2017 at 22:39

    Woah, I’m so sorry to hear about your first baby. Losing a kid is the worst thing that can happen, knowing from experience. I hope everything goes well with your pregnancy <3
    What comes to these prints, I need to check if there's one with Helsinki too! They look wonderful.

    lots of love, Jasmin.

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    The Wandereuse
    5 March 2017 at 23:18

    So cute!! Loved your story of love… sorry about your baby, my best wishes for the next pregnancy! My boyfriend (he is Norwegian) and I (Spanish) met and currently live in Bergen, so we have a map like this from this city where we can see all the streets and remember different places where we’ve lived and experienced things together. I think it’s a very sweet reminder of your love together 🙂


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    Stella the Travelerette
    6 March 2017 at 03:54

    I am so sorry to hear about the story of your first baby. A friend of mine lost her first baby and it was so hard for her, but now she and her husband have an adorable little boy and I think that helps. I can definitely see why Amsterdam and Stockholm are such special cities for your family! I would want two: one from New York, where I was born, and one for New Orleans, where my family is originally from.

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    6 March 2017 at 04:21

    Felt both happy and sad while reading the post. The two cities, I frequently traveled were Chennai and Bangalore in India, where I have some good memories. I have not traveled far yet. I always have had a thing for Europe, and I’m looking forward to travel there in future. It’s a lovely post and the Mapiful seems quite interesting. 🙂

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    Prerna Garg
    6 March 2017 at 05:19

    The maps look beautiful and a great way to remember the two important cities in your life. really sorry to know about your baby girl and all the best with the new pregnancy. God bless the three of you 🙂

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    Ana Rose | Roads and Pages
    6 March 2017 at 06:22

    Such a lovely story! I am also in a long distance relationship for more than 3 years now and I can totally relate on your hardships just to see him. Actually, that is what we have been doing for a long time. I am sorry about what happened to your first baby, but I believe that everything happens for a reason. Those frames you have look impressive, neat and clean.

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    6 March 2017 at 07:04

    I’m so sorry to hear about your first born. Some things really happen for a reason. Congratulations on your second child. That map looks womderful and it suits your place very well.

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    6 March 2017 at 11:02

    That was a heartwarming tale that you shared to us. Sorry about your first born.

    The map really suits your home and I could really say that you are very much in love with your husband. The maps are so pretty. I wish they have Philippines there too.

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    kirsty ralph
    6 March 2017 at 12:35

    Such a personal story and I’m so sorry to hear about your first born. The maps are really beautiful x

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    A Fashion Taste
    6 March 2017 at 14:35

    Zo leuk om het verhaal te lezen van je ontmoeting 😉 De kaarten zijn echt super mooi en fleuren een interieur mooi op. Misschien een idee als ik binnenkort naar Antwerpen verhuis!

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    6 March 2017 at 14:45

    That’s a pretty intense story to go sidebyside with a cool product. I am not sure whethet to be sad or eager to buy…

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    6 March 2017 at 15:22

    What a crazy love story 🙂 and I’m very sorry for your loss:(

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    Natalie Vanheers
    6 March 2017 at 16:06

    Super mooi, zo wil ik er nog graag eentje voor in mijn interieur

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    6 March 2017 at 16:12

    that was such a personal story, i’m sorry for your loss. Those maps by the way are beautiful and something like that would fit perfectly in my livingroom since my colour scheme is greys and blacks, thanks for sharing.

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    6 March 2017 at 19:31

    Ziet er echt heel gaaf uit zeg! Maar wat een heftig verhaal!

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    6 March 2017 at 20:21

    Wat een tof concept! Het overwegen waard voor mijn favostad Berlijn of om cadeau te doen!

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    Evelien Van Renterghem
    6 March 2017 at 20:54

    Touching story and a cool product. Will definitely check it out!

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    7 March 2017 at 05:49

    Nice fashion blog

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    7 March 2017 at 08:24

    Toffe posters!! Love it

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    tahna de veyra
    7 March 2017 at 09:59

    What an interesting way to capture your memories. Love the aesthetics too. 🙂

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    7 March 2017 at 11:06

    Wat een geweldige posters! Super voor je interieur!

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    7 March 2017 at 13:21

    Amazing post! 🙂

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    7 March 2017 at 13:41

    Wow they are so beautiful! Love them!

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    7 March 2017 at 16:55

    So sorry about the loss of your baby! It is very hard. May you get over this.
    The apps seems another helpful one. But really I am not able to keep up with the new technologies being launched every day. Nevertheless will check this out.

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    7 March 2017 at 18:36

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your baby. I absolutely love the maps! I’m in a relationship too where I’m from one country and he’s from the other, would love to get something to symbolise both our heritages in our home as well!

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    8 March 2017 at 09:05

    Wat leuk dat je daar posters van hebt, die zien er leuk uit! Mooi verhaal er ook bij

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    10 March 2017 at 21:23

    Wat een fantastische posters. Ik zou er graag eentje willen van Culemborg en bestemmingen die mij erg geraakt hebben. Zo leuk, thanks voor de tip!

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    Joke Andringa
    14 March 2017 at 22:01

    Goed gebracht Sabine en zo mooi hoe je de symboliek van jullie vieren als gezin op deze manier beschrijft! En ik kan me goed voorstellen dat meer mensen op deze manier kaarten op gaan hangen in hun huis 🙂

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    31 May 2017 at 15:24

    Wat een mooi verhaal. En wat een fantastische kaarten zeg. Ik denk dat meer mensen dit zouden willen hebben

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