Summer is in full swing. It is hot and riding your bike along the canals is thus even cooler than usual. But, please do not fade into daydreaming to soon and stay aware of the other season’s symptom: tourists! With their heads in their maps, looking for Amsterdam’s highlights, they might not be aware of your arrival. That is a shame. So here is my plea to all you Amsterdam cyclists out there: please add some more local flavour to our dear tourist’s experience: ring your bike bell politely in advance and just smile and wave while you pass them. Benefits for you: smiles and plenty of admiration for your looks/ localness/ sturdy handling of the steering bar (Please cross out those not applicable!)
Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 of July’s Instagram pics:
1. Cycling in a suit
2. Vacuum cleaner transport
3. Girl on racing bike
4. Father, baby and bike
5. Father and daughter
6. High school kids with their bikes
7. Father and daughter in the Vondelpark
8. Dutch kids art
9. Rainy days in summer
10. High school double date
Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.
Nowadays, when a baby is born, it is not only the mother who switches from full time to part time work, but also Daddy works less. Many modern Dutch fathers want to actively participate in raising their kids. So the phenomenon of the ‘Daddy Day (papadag)’ came into existence; one fixed day a week, it is Daddy time! Also in my little family we embrace this trend. We both work four days a week and Friday is our Daddy Day. That is the day that my boyfriend hangs around in the playground playing with our son and drinking coffee from is thermos, that they visit my grandma-in-law or that they meet up with his friends and kids who also have a Daddy Day on Friday.
On Daddy Day, mom is at work, sometimes wanting to join in the fun, but most of the time just being happy that Daddy and child are having a great time together.
– Text: Joni – Photos: Aude, Joni and Laura
And wow, the skies this weekend were hot, hot, hot! This tropical weather come from out of nowhere–but I’ll take it. And top it with some short shorts, dresses, and skirts. The shorter the better these days!
Despite the heat and humidity, Amsterdammers were still on their bikes, showing off their stems–and of course full of style!
Amsterdam receives it fair share of precipitation throughout the year, which you get fairly used to the longer you live here. I mean the trade offs are well worth it (just quietly) with our winding canals, cobblestoned streets and unbeatable old world charm, I’m happy to don a fuzzy/soggy hair day now and then.
But us Amsterdammers can get through the last-minute always unpredictable showers pretty simply by a) shielding one’s hair with our hand, b) wrapping our cardigan on our heads or c) un-crumpling our plastic emergency poncho from our pockets whilst not falling over. Easy right?
However turning cycling in the rain into an artform is all about finding the right (stylish) raincoat, mastering the balance of steering whilst carrying your stylish (aerodynamic) umbrella is another thing altogether.
You can add that to my personal bucket list..
In Amsterdam, everybody finds his own way around. It’s a happy chaos sometimes. Amsterdammers are used to it, especially in the city center where the chance to bump into a friend is big!
Holland vs Argentina. Let’s see how this World cup semi-finals will end up today..
In any case, have a beer!
The American colours flew high and proud on this warm summers night in Amsterdam.
Friday evening brought together sunshine, bbq-ing, some friends and soccer (it is world cup season after all) in Amsterdam. I bumped into the friendly guys at Hygge Life (pronounced Hoo-ga life) who cycled their pimped up poffertje bak-fiets to the local park full of their spiffy cooking gear and delicious gourmet ingredients – and were ready to serve all the peckish patrons in the park. You can turn a bicycle into a thriving business it seems!
Alex and her partner Koen, both itty-bitty-pancake-poffertje masterchefs are warming up their gas cookers and Hygge bus engine for a 3 month road trip around Europe enjoying the summertime and making poffertjes for locals and holidayers along the way. A trip of a lifetime!
For all you readers around Spain and France..keep your eye out for these delicious little pancakes!
..good luck guys!