I jolt awake from my nap when I realize the vehicle is going 500mph. Then the wheels lift off familiar ground and I realize, I am going to Europe for two months….
WHAT’S GOOD!? It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to update my website regulary- but that $#!?$ gotta stop. No better reason to update this bad boy than having some fresh street photos from one of my favorite cities I’ve visited to date- A M S T E R D A M. There is no better way to explain my trip than through these photos. I can try to put it in words, but I’ve been speaking Spanish for so long now that my English wouldn’t do it justice. I would spit up some overused adjectives and it’d be over without ever getting started. These photos tell stories while my words get stuck on the topic sentence. Every bit of the photos is pure Amsterdam…take a visit, it’s just what the doctor ordered….
I had a long layover in London to begin my time in Europe…
Once I got to Schiphol Airport in Holland it was time to catch a train to Amsterdam.
One thing that never gets old in Europe is the seamless infrastructure. Without knowing the language I was able to find which train I needed, buy a ticket, and I was on my way to my destination. I can’t do that in Sea-Tac with public transport and everything is written in English..hmm America!!! Then it was time to take a stroll and get acquainted with my new city.
Once the stroll was over it was off to my new house!! I stayed with some friends I had met two years ago while studying in Cadiz. I always try to stay with someone local if possible so my experience is more local and natural, if you will.
The way to get around locally in Amsterdam is by bike. This was one of my favorite activities in life to date. My friends let us borrow their Amsterdam city card so we rented bikes from the city (not the tourist ones). Then we hopped on and toured the city the way to locals do, on two wheels.
Biking makes me tired. Time for coffee! We rode about 15 minutes to a part of town called De Pijp. This was one of my favorite parts of the city. One thing that struck me about Amsterdam was its diverse population. De Pijp is a central hub of multicultural activity in Amsterdam due to its sprawling markets and outdoor activities. We walked down a street with a market that was seemingly never ending.. Imagine Pikes Place without fish being thrown around, and having the whole market laid out on one street.. Impressive.
No matter how much I tried to shake it off I was just floored by the transportation in Amsterdam. Mopeds, motorcycles, and bicycles all share the bike lane. If you hear a horn or a bell you better find the right side of the lane FAST. Mopeds whizzing by within inches of my pedals, other bikers, and pedestrians make every commute in Amsterdam a thrilling one for a foreigner like me.
We managed to visit the grocery store and buy some staples for American breakfast. I always get unique responses from people when I actually make this breakfast. “You actually eat all of that? Like potatoes with meat and then eggs?” ….. Yes. And I love it. Sorry Europe but these colors don’t run when it comes to breakfast!
Once we were fueled up it was time for day two. Amsterdam never got old to me because I had SO MUCH FUN riding that damn bike around town. If there wasn’t anything of immediate interest on the schedule I’d grab my camera, hit a coffee shop, and ride that bike around for hours. This day we took a ride down to the Canals. Pure Amsterdam baby- time to check out the Amsterdam that I see when I googled “Amsterdam”. My friends lived outside of the city so we had to ride about 20 minutes into town to get to the tourist areas.
TONES ALERT! As I was editing the Amsterdam photos I started to mess around with my methods of madness if you will. At this point I was going full 18 dummy on the tones. Usually my photos all have a similar look but I was challenging myself to take each one in a different direction, to try and make each photo truly unique. I am amped on the new tones in the DZ toolbox now and I think you will be also once you check out this magic.
Another thing I couldn’t wrap my mind around in Amsterdam. All of the houses along the canals are older than our country. One of those in the photos you just passed was built in 1686. That’s older than our country. Also, all the houses are slanted!! They literally lean into or away from each other, and the facades are very obviously crooked. To me it added more character to an already enchanting city.
Exploring = hunger. Simple fact. My german buddy and long lost “brother from another mother” Laurin suggested I hit Burgerlijk while I was there. Brad and I got hungry and looked around and the first thing we saw was this restaurant. Can’t make stuff like that up. We went to check it out and it was the best burger I have had to date. 100% angus on that fact as well. When I come back to Amsterdam this will be part of the reason. I got mine with amsterdam cheese, grilled red onion, truffle mayo, bacon, lettuce, tomato and pickle. My Lord. I can still taste it.
There you have it folks. My first update since being in Europe. All of these photos are available for prints if you are looking to spruce up that new apartment filled with a mix of Ikea and Craigslist furniture.
More to come.. I can feel myself improving.. time to keep that going!! Cheers my friends and follow me on snapchat or IG for behind the scenes coverage of the Eurotrip!!
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