Work, live, travel – fall in love with Amsterdam

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Amsterdam, a land with a stereotypical image, land of windmills, cycles, wooden shoes, dikes and canals, green meadows and cheese ; there are plenty of reasons why one must chose to work, live or spend vacations here. Beneath the blanket of clouds, here resides a land of green-red patches, parted by silver thin streams shining like diamonds in Amsterdam’s rays. Each country has its own way of connecting to nature and human life; Holland has its own.

amsterdam windmills

Dutch nature and relations

Dutch politeness and warming gesture can flatter you at the very first place. Every second person passing by will give you a smile irrespective of how they know you. People here live in the positivism of expression and phrases like Hoi (hi), Bedank (Thank you) and Alstublieft (here you are). Amsterdam is a city of joy and tolerance. People here like to party, sing and dance in public. They are open to express and help. Saying “Leef en laat leven” or “Live and let live” summarizes the Dutch.

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Transparent work culture

Transparent and straight communication of Dutch work culture can stuck you like a thunderbolt where a yes and no has clear definition. People here know very well how to mix fun with work. A number of workplace events like Movember, walking fair, tournaments, team lunch, outings are organized to build a healthy work relationship. Working with Dutch could be a challenge sometimes but they also make the best colleagues.

work culture amsterdam

work culture amsterdam

Ride with pride

If you love to ride, this is the perfect place to paddle and lose yourself in the dampness and moistness of Amsterdam. Well parted roads and separate lane for cyclist give you enthusiasm to cycle and explore the city of canals. Cycles have special seats for kids so that whole family can ride together. A bit surprising but true, there are about 1,200,000 bicycles in Amsterdam which outnumbers the total number of citizens in the city.

amsterdam cycle

Love for art and music

Diving in history of a place is best when it’s preserved best and could be relished for ages. Dutch people have a conscience of their history and love for their country tradition. Work of famous painter Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh are jewels to Dutch heritage. Museumplein (Museum street) will take you to the doors of Renaissance paintings and works of famous painters.

The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Stedelijk Museum and other famous museums make Amsterdam as a capital with more museums compared to other capital cities of the world.

van gogh museum

With the sheer number of theatres, clubs, stages and intimate neighbourhood venues, Amsterdam has live music performances to suit every taste. With world-class performances, Amsterdam strikes all the right notes to the music fans. The Royal Concertgebouw is one of the most frequently visited concert halls in the world.

theatre amsterdam

Canals

How about you wake up in the morning with cold breezes and grey weather, and you see a stream of water flowing across the lane! When in Amsterdam, just walk across the lane or street where you live and you will find beautiful canals with ducks floating and kids playing around. Central Amsterdam provides you with the finest canal cruise ride with dinner and guided tours.

light festival

Celebrate with climate

Amsterdam has a variant weather and each season here can be lived with a celebration. Summers are bright and shiny like an infant’s smile. Enjoy rowing along tranquil dykes in a two-person canoe or go for cycling, barbecue or beach side picnic. If you love to walk, then you are at the right place for long walks, as sun sets around 22:00 in night.

Autumn is the perfect season of the year with mild breeze and red-yellow leaves around Amsterdam. Enjoy winter with mesmerizing Amsterdam Night Festival where canals and buildings are illuminated, which offers a spectacular evening  to walk through the city. Down the season, snow lovers can skate over frozen canals.

amsterdam winter

spring-amsterdam

World’s best tulip garden Keukenhof, flower markets and flower parades will make your heart bloom, no doubt as Pope said- Bedank van de Bloemen. Celebration continues with King’s day (Koningsdag), formerly Queens Day where city enjoys biggest street party, dwelling in orange colour with live music, DJ, citywide street market that creates an electric atmosphere, not to be missed.

tulip garden amsterdam

tulip garden

Raise a toast

European culture has its own way of expressing joy and happiness; celebrations always call for a party or drinks together. Amsterdam has best pubs, discos, restaurants to enjoy variety of food and drinks. Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein are vibrant places where crowd enjoy dimmed light ambience. Night-life in Amsterdam with a number of Cafes and De Wallen (RLD) are major part of tourist attraction.

light festival amsterdam

amsterdam night life

canal amsterdam

Soccer : Orange Fever

No conversation about Holland ends without discussing soccer fever. ‘Go Orange Go’ is in the blood of Dutch people. Football lovers can have guided tour to AJAX stadium which has a capacity of around 68,000 people.

soccer fans amsterdam

One can always feel connected to Amsterdam; that’s why people here always tend to say – I AMsterdam ( I’m Amsterdam).

Akanksha Itoriya

Akanksha Itoriya

Akanksha works in finance and private banking domain of ABN AMRO bank as a TCSer. She is a complete movie buff and is very fond of exploring places. She is also a vivid reader and likes to put the strings of her thoughts down on paper.

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