This is one of my favorite streets for shopping, people watching, coffee drinking, and of course cycling. I never tire of watching the stylish peeps riding by. Boots, scarves, beards, berets, colorful bags. Eye candy galore!
Plus, everyone always slows down to look at the shop windows (which are always oh-so enticing). Some people see me taking photos and give a smile. Thanks guys!
The best way of taking a Peugeot out to the grocery store!
Last weekend I went to the Ij Hallen flea market over in Noord. Have you been? It’s fun to check out all the funky stuff people are selling–and of course to people watch. Hipster mania! But all types of people, too. Old and young, local and foreign, it doesn’t matter.
My favorite parts of the journey are waiting for the ferry to get there, and waiting for the ferry to go back. Then you get to see all the cool stuff people picked up — often tied to their bike in creative ways. I always end up saying to myself “What!? How did I not see that!” Ugh, next time. Next time.
It’s winter, so bring on the boots! Low boots, tall boots, boots with heels, cowboy boots–no matter the size, color or shape, Amsterdammers love their boots. Check out these Sunday boots on bikes…
Happy 2014 to all of you, guys! In the Netherlands, a new year only properly kicks off with the New Year’s dive. This sportive tradition is the ideal way to accomplish (for one day..) New Year’s resolution #1: losing weight! For those not able to make it to the North Sea, Amsterdam has it’s own alternative: the Lightbattle.
On the most beautiful bike lane in Amsterdam, right below the Rijksmuseum, the young design collective VENIVIDIMULTIPLEX created the Lightbattle-installation for the Amsterdam Light Festival. Jump on one of these ten fancy VANMOOF’s and cycle together with friends or complete strangers. Try to get as many lights illuminated as possible.
Go have a look, you can find the Lightbattle right below the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, and it will be there until January 19th 2014. This saddle is waiting for you…
So it’s almost Christmas. Everyone is already talking about it although temperatures are not at the usual X-mas low. Admitted, the weather is even still quite enjoyable but I would not lay down on the grass of the Museumplein like these 2 do next to their bikes. So I wonder:
or they are listening to a classical concert performed in the Concertgebouw right in front,
or they are trying to get a cold not to go to work,
or they are in love!
Loving. This. Hair.
I am lucky that the social enterprise JO Cadeau that I founded has its headquarters (and to be honest, only quarters) in this amazing building by Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck. It is an anti-squat arrangement; you pay very little and rent a space in a building that would otherwise be empty or occupied by squatters. It is great. It is in the city centre, in the old Jewish neighbourhood. The only disadvantage is that you can suddenly be ‘kicked out’ when the building is sold.
For lunch I love to go out to get some bread and nice Dutch cheeses that we eat all together (interns, freelancers and ourselves) in our office. When outside, I look at the cyclists. It is a diverse scenery at the Plantage Middenlaan. Check it out:
It is the time of the year again that all kids in Nothern Europe get really excited. Why? Because Santa Claus is coming to town! Sinterklaas is a lively tradition in Northern Europe. The legend goes that Sinterklaas, who lives in Spain, arrives by steamboat over the Amstel River every year. Reason for all parents to get their kids on the bike and follow this happy proceeding alongside the shores of the river.
This year the Sinterklaas tradition got a lot of attention from all over the world. Not for a positive reason, though. There has been a big controversy about Santa’s helpers, the ‘Black Peters’. Some think of it as a tradition that lacks respect to these nice ‘Zwarte Pieten’. You can read all about it in the NY times, the Washington post or even Aljazeera. Here are some ‘Zwarte Pieten’ on roller blades:
Anyway, I don’t feel like taking any position. All I want to do is to share the joy of the kids and the devotion of their parents, carrying them on their bikes: