I`ve been posting hundreds of photos of Amsterdam and yet the words I`m writing about it are fewer and fewer. Maybe because I find it easier to express things through images rather than words.
Fact is, whenever I am returning here, after some time spent in a different place, I feel like I am coming back home. I don`t know how this happened in less than two years, but it did.
I like living in Amsterdam!
The main reasons are that I feel safe, I like my job a lot and I am happy to have met a lot of wonderful people, some of whom I can already call friends.
A typical day starts with stepping out of the house into the fresh air (around 08:30), heading to the train station, grabbing a coffee-to-go and getting to Schiphol. And I love this airport! On a daily basis, I can see hundreds of people hugging and saying hi or goodbye, people from all over the world, coming and going, moving, running…
Then I step into the office (sometimes I take another coffee), head towards my desk saying good morning or goedemorgen to people there. Time passes by very quicky and at 12:00 I am going to lunch either with my colleagues, at the restaurant, or by myself in Schiphol Plaza – if I feel like being alone and just watching the people while I`m having something to eat or if I feel like reading and smoking.
The working day ends around 18:00, but, as I`ve said before, there is life after work. I love meeting my friends in the city and spending time with them until late at night, when I have to come home because, well, I can`t bike and I am depending on the tram schedule.
If it`s Thursday, then it`s shopping day (the only working day when the stores are open until 21:00-22:00).
Sometimes I am also in the mood to go to the Dutch classes and then again I come back home shortly before going to bed. Let`s say I like to keep myself busy!
However, if it`s weekend, then things change a bit. And if it`s weekend and it`s sunny, then everything changes and we are dealing with a perfect day! If it`s weekend, then I have to go and have coffee or sometimes brunch in the city, alone or with my friends.
If it`s warm outside, then walking down the streets or going to the park or even to the beach become mandatory things. And taking photos in all this time is also mandatory! Cleaning the house, washing clothes, going to the market or supermarket to buy food are optional things.
Of course there is nothing sensational about any of the things I`ve mentioned – they can be done by anyone in any place on this planet – but I am doing them from here and I am totally happy about that.
I must admit that Amsterdam has never disappointed me and even if it lacks some of the elements of dolce vita, I would still not change it with another place, not even with Paris or Berlin. It simply makes you feel free and a part of it. And I think my photos are the best proof of how much I like being here…
Amsterdam helped me get closer to people and step over what I have been considering my limits for many many years. It also showed me I can actually be happy about going to work, which, again, has never happened to me before.
I see Amsterdam as my second family and I feel grateful for that.