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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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the following few pictures are from vondelpark.

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this is the central station.

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nemo is a science center located in oosterdok.

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arcam is the amsterdam centre for architecture. the cute little structure is by architect rené van zuuk.

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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.

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this is a cool restaurant i came across by chance and quickly became my favourite. here is its dedicated post!

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museumplein on a sunny day is the place to be.

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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.

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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

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