Among all the bike rides around Amsterdam, this outta be one of my favorites, and here I’ll write about the first time we conquered it!
The way there is fabulous: the lovely fishermen village of Durgerdam is just a stone-throw away from Amsterdam, yet it seems stuck centuries in the past. Then you follow the coastline all the way to the island… as you maybe remember from my previously failed attempt to reach it!
This time around I went there with my friend Bert, we cycled all the way to the eastern tip, where you can see this bad-ass, marvelous lighthouse.
Some time ago, I was cycling back home in Amsterdam, and I decided to take a slight detour to pass somewhere else for a change. As I approached the tunnel below the railroad, I saw a lot of unusual activity there. It turns out that the people from the nearby squat Op de Valreep had organized a day to decorate the tunnel mentioned above.
After painting the wall in a light-blue, neutral color, each street-artist got a section of it and began his work. Colors, beer and orange juice the most important tools.
Winter is gone–long life to the winter! Spring is here and we’re all happy about it, and maybe this makes an excellent moment to think back for one second to the historical past winter. Just like I did with the mist, this time around I’ll look at all the ice we had.
Temperature reached a rare low. Amsterdam enjoyed the coldest night of the last 75 years (-22 Celsius!) and all the exposed water froze into thick skating ways. Despite the cold, it felt so special that everyone skated, walked or some even cycled on the canals. It was really epic.
I know it’s hard to believe, but all the buildings in the picture stand on an artificial island. The rightmost one is Amsterdam’s conservatory, next to it the public library. The others are still under construction, except the leftmost one which is a hotel with a poshy roof bar. The sort of red Christmas tree on the left is actually a floating Chinese restaurant where a few friends got food poisoned once.