It looks like I am changing apartments every 2.5 years since I moved to Amsterdam. This is no deliberate timing, I guess it is just meant to be.
And, of course, each move comes along with its own dose of nostalgia. Although I am very much looking forward to living into our new apartment, it stills feels incredibly strange to be packing our lives out of this home and, most importantly, out of this area in the city.
Now, in our last days as bewoners van de Nieuwmarkt & Lastage buurt (“inhabitants of the Nieuwmarkt & Lastage neighbourhood“), the area appears to us in a totally different light.
I no longer see the crowds of tourists around the Nieuwmarkt square, filling its terraces to the maximum on their way towards the nearby Red Light District. I no longer care about the crazy bike traffic along the Geldersekade or about the esthetically awkward Waterlooplein area. Even walking down the insanely busy Nieuwe Hoogstraat – which we`ve been calling “Crappystraat”, but please don`t tell anyone 🙂 – all the way to the even busier Dam square doesn`t seem to bother me too much.
What I see now is totally different, as if covered by a magic veil. It`s of course that nostalgia I was talking about in the begining. But I am fine with it… As a friend said recently, looking back to the past gives meaning to the present.
So yes, when I think back to all the beautiful moments I have lived in this house, in this particular neighbourhood, it all makes sense. It makes sense that now I have to move to my own apartment and, with this, into a new stage of my life. It makes sense because life means transformation, moving on, moving out and moving in. 🙂
I am not leaving without sharing with you my absolute favourite photos of this place, which is pretty much the way I am going to remember it.