When I knew I was about to move to Amsterdam, I started to imagine what my life there would be like. I was thinking of the streets I`d be walking, the things I`d be seeing on my way home, the house I`d be living in, the neighbourhood market I`d buy flowers from etc.
I was so curious about all these things to the point that I even searched them on Google. I wanted to find a blog to tell me and show me how my life in Amsterdam would be. I was interested in a personal, non-touristic interpretation of the city, as seen by someone living there who would not try to advertise anything to me who would not tell me what to wear, where to go shopping, where to find the best this and the best that.
This is the reason why I started Amsterdamming and this is what I have been aiming for ever since: to let anyone interested see how life in Amsterdam is when you are not exactly concerned with any of the above and when this city doesn`t translate to you as “cheese, weed, tulips” – to mention just a few of the stereotypes. I don`t know to what extent I`ve managed to do this, but I do hope my blog provides you with a rather real than mesmerising or exaggerated perspective of Amsterdam.
However, when reading other people`s blogs about this city, I realise how incomplete and undisciplined mine is. It`s like when you see a post about a delicious cake or a nice place, but you are not given the recipe to make that cake yourself if you feel like, nor are you provided with the necessary information to go to that place should you want to. 🙂 As for discipline, there isn`t any: I only write when I am in the mood for this.
Talking about blogs whose main subject is life in Amsterdam, I have prepared a list with those I read/browse most. For each of them, I will also explain why.
Before this, let me tell you (again, probably) that I`ll be forever amazed about the thoughtfulness of some other bloggers, who post daily (sometimes even at the same hour!), who have the patience to make classifications and comparisons, the energy to write reviews after any dinner they enjoyed in the city and who always find a subject to tackle, so that the respective post is promoted around 8AM, just in time for followers to read it while having their coffee or while in the train/metro on their way to work.
Amsterdam does have a healthy variety of blogs. And now, here are my favourites:
I Amsterdam – for keeping myself up-to-date with with the events taking place in Amsterdam or for any other info about the city;
Stuff Dutch People Like – for the precious insights into Dutch culture and stereotypes, all presented with humour; the comments are as good as the blog itself;
I am quite sure that, after taking a look at these blogs, you will have a better idea about what this city has to offer.