Month: March 2015

A stroll through De 9 Straatjes – Part I

My biggest hobby: Becoming a local. When it comes to city trips I’m eager to explore the places locals go to. When it comes to my own home town I’m happy to be the person who tries out that brand-new coffee house around the corner, to find the best pizza place in town and those secret little spots that offer you the concentrated charge of a city’s spirit while being entirely remote the (tourist) masses. Amsterdam is a completely charming place to explore new spots. It’s so small that tourist paths and local paths often intertwine. Which makes it exhausting some times yet delightfully challenging at the same time. With my office located right in picturesque Keizersgracht, my first little centre is a hotspot itself. However, next to crowded cafés and popular fashion brands you find De 9 Straatjes, cute streets alongside the Canal Belt. Last week’s springy weekend invited me to a stroll through the 9 Straatjes and the Canal Belt. Here’s an excerpt from it: Coffee at Caffè il Momento. It’s very busy outside …

Brooklyn Hotel, Amsterdam

BROOKLYN HOTEL, Amsterdam

Earlier this year I moved from Hamburg to Amsterdam. It always seems like a cloak-and-dagger operation to me to move to a new country with all my belongings. I’ve always decided for such changes quite spontaneously. And it has always been good. I have met many people over the years who still had their hometown somewhere else, a room at their parents’ house where they could come back to while living abroad. I’ve never had this back-up. And even though it’s scary initially, it’s so much more fulfilling in the end. And it brings you places along the way that become your home for a short period of your lifetime. And for this first one night in my new hometown it was Brooklyn Hotel at the beautifully edgy and industrial NDSM werf. As much as I love those tiny little town houses of Amsterdam: I’ll always be a lover of industrial settings. This place has been the most perfect choice I could have made for the beginning of a magnificent new chapter. Not least due to this splendid view. …