2013 is a landmark year for Amsterdam. While it celebrates 400 years of the start of construction of the magnificent canal ring it is also the year that the Rijksmuseum finally reopened following extensive renovations. Packed with cultural milestones and new buildings, as well as the Eye Film Institute and Stedelijk Museum, it has never been a better time to visit, and November is positively brimming with great events.
Last month we headed to Amsterdam for Mysteryland – words (although we tried here) don’t really do it justice but this video captures some of the spirit and fun of what happens over just 12 hours.
Standing in a tent at Amsterdam’s Mysteryland Festival I feel a slight pang. While Tiga plays an upbeat set at 5pm on a sunny afternoon in the Dutch capital I am surrounded by a sea of very happy faces. But they are not the faces of a youthful 19 year-old or 20-something, no these are the faces of people in their late 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. And what is more they are really going for it, dancing like crazy; arms flying around, shaking all they have and having a really amazing time. They don’t give a damn what anyone thinks and this is where my pang stems from – I wish I could be Dutch. CONTINUE READING THIS POST >
Amsterdam is amazing. I love it. What is there not to like? Beautiful scenery? Check. Buzzing city and night life? Check. Does it live up to its extremely fun and sordid reputation? Check. Good place to go with your parents? Um… half a check. When your parents summon you over to a sex shop window, point to a bizarre rubber contraption with spikes shooting out of it and expect you to explain its function like you are some sort of ‘young person sex toy guru’, the fun stops. CONTINUE READING THIS POST >
Amsterdam is one of Europe’s most beautiful and vibrant cities famous for it’s tolerance and picturesque canals. It is also overflowing with achingly trendy and stylish hangouts, subcultures and creative types and… 2 Unlimited, but the less said about them the better. CONTINUE READING THIS POST >