August 1st is a symbolic date to me when it comes to my relationship with Amsterdam. Big things happened on this date throughout the years.
August 1st, 2009 is the day when I first set foot in the city. The Gay Pride Boat Parade happened to take place on the same day. Needless to say, I was totally charmed!
01/08/2009, Gay Pride Boat Parade, Amsterdam
August 1st, 2010 is the day when I moved to Amsterdam, after a month (my first month in the Netherlands) spent in Utrecht. It is also the day when I moved into my first apartment in Amsterdam, a wonderful loft on the Antillenstraat, where I was happy to live for more than two years.
01/08/2010, Antillenstraat, Amsterdam
The fact that this year`s Gay Pride Boat Parade is taking place on August 1st once again – which didn`t happen in the six years that passed since my first parade in 2009! – makes me really happy and willing to celebrate it the best I can.
A lot of things might have changed since my first encounter with Amsterdam, but here I am, just as charmed by its beauty as in day one. 🙂
Time to celebrate!