amsterdam – part 1 is the first post of a series of three meant to show you how my trip went.
random piece of trivia: you get a whiff of pot once every 5 minutes, wherever you are. no, i’m not kidding!
the weather was surprisingly great so i enjoyed myself thoroughly. i spent my days criss-crossing the city on foot and discovering some of its secrets.
this is the amsterdam city archives. wikipedia says that the amounted length of its shelves is 35 kilometers! and that it is the largest municipal archive in the world.
the beautiful vondelkerk is a former church located nearby vondelpark. it was designed by p.j.h. cuypers, the same architect who did central station and the rijksmuseum.
the following few pictures are from vondelpark.
this is the central station.
nemo is a science center located in oosterdok.
arcam is the amsterdam centre for architecture. the cute little structure is by architect rené van zuuk.
i loved this poster. they use a few very dutch things to advertise an upcoming tattoo convention: clogs, dairy maid headgear and the white and blue motifs of delft ceramic.
this is a cool restaurant i came across by chance and quickly became my favourite. here is its dedicated post!
museumplein on a sunny day is the place to be.
i took these pictures on my way back from a concert. i was tired after a day and a night out but the empty streets made it all better.
i didn’t have detailed expectations going in. i had the surprise of discovering a wonderful city with multiple layers and secret corners. i found myself smiling for no reason, walking and bonding with the friendly local cats. i went to concerts, had dinners out and tried to not take the same street twice. it was a quiet immersive escape and i feel grateful for it.
photo credits: little aesthete