“Hallo mooie dame, you’d look nice on the back of my bike.”
“I really need a good rack for my bike, yours would be perfect.”
What do you think?
Whichever way you like to call it, in my opinion it’s the only way to ride. We certainly have thought of multiple ways to get to liven up the journey to get to work!
Some people pass the time, others make the best of it. Racers have made a comeback and even though those skinny little tyres don’t agree with the width of those tram tracks and cobblestones, they are a super fun way to get around. This Amsterdammer is just soaking up the sun on a chilly summers day, next to his wheels just waiting for a friend..
Summer is in full swing in Amsterdam and everybody is getting to their cafe dates, festivals, beaches and museums by bike. The mornings are getting cooler but the afternoons the weather make for perfect cycling…so get out and enjoy the summer sunshine!
Sometimes you just wanna hitch a ride with your Dad. Best view in town!
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!)
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
Biking doesn’t always need to be a solo venture. So grab a pal and take them along with you on the back “baggage drager” style, mentor your little one or simply walk back from adventures side by side with your royal steed and best friend.
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!