A day in Amsterdam
I am always in the same situation everytime I visit new places. Where to go, which way to take or am I doing things like locals do. I’ve been travelling for a while but I always feel the same. So, this is what I do everytime I am in such a case. I take a deep breath, I feel the urban vibe, I look around me and I let the city guide me.
Amsterdam is no exception to the rule. My first steps lead me to the Amstel banks, pretty much alive for such an early hour.
I almost forget… To give to my trip in Amsterdam its best shot, I cannot start my day without a large BREAKFAST. Matter of life or death. Fortunately, I know a place, Petit gâteau, a new cosy and friendly bakery, run by a Dutch woman, Meike, who learnt everything about pastry during her french life experience. She came back to Amsterdam to open her own business.
Omelette, salmon, brioches…not fair, I stop now.
Amsterdam, victim of its own success, let’s me tell you why. After having supported biking for a long time, it is nowadays the most used mean of transport, as a result some funny situations.
Although the gigantic bike park in front of Central station can host 10 000 bicycles, it becomes difficult for inhabitants of Amsterdam to find a spot, making them miss their train several times an year. Don’t even think of parking your bike anywhere, the police will tow your bike away in case of infraction.
There is a remarkable thing in Amsterdam, especially for an european metropolis, I am talking about its quality of life. I feel GOOD here. I don’t know if I have to look for an answer either in the canals, their way of living, or the architecture that, by the way, I am really impressed in, but that works. I easily see myself riding a bike along the canal to get to my work or my friend’s.
It happens that sometimes we are watched… But is not it an acceptable compromise, giving the pleasure we have to be here ?