Amsterdam, Take Two – Photo Essay

The second time I went to Amsterdam, the weather could not be worse. It was stormy, windy and wet for almost the whole day. We were in our ugly rain coats the entire time. It only calmed down a bit in the late afternoon. Felt a bit bad that it was the Amsterdam that my mom and aunties got to see, since we only spent a day there (I myself have spent 4 days last winter), but I think even the worst of Amsterdam is still prettier than a lot of cities in the world. Check out the photos I took that day and tell me if you think it’s true :) (click for bigger pictures)

Amsterdam

bicycles in Amsterdam

bicycles in Amsterdam

Amsterdam lane

Amsterdam

The new thing that I went to this time is the openbare Bibliotheek or the National Library of Amsterdam that is close to Amsterdam Centraal station. It is a high-tech library that looks like the library of Apple, what with the all white design and iMacs everywhere. It’s worth going even if you’re not a fan of library for its 7th floor cafe. There’s a huge cafe – that seems very popular with people since it was crowded – with lots of interesting fresh looking food. On that floor there’s a terrace where you can overlook the city of Amsterdam from above.

Another nice vantage point was the cafe on top of DoubleTree hotel – also nearby, which is the hotel we stayed at the last time (yay for promotional price!). The cafe is surrounded by glass from floor to ceiling. Very fancy.

Bibliotheek Amsterdam

one of the seating lounges in the library

Bibliotheek Amsterdam

Bibliotheek Amsterdam

Bibliotheek Amsterdam

Apple-ish atmosphere

Amsterdam from above

Amsterdam from above

More random things around Amsterdam:

red shop in Amsterdam red light district

red shop in Amsterdam red light district

mee - attacked by birds

mee – attacked by birds

Homomonument

Homomonument

“Homomonument commemorates all women and men ever oppressed and persecuted because of their homosexuality. Supports the international lesbian and gay movement in their struggle against contempt discrimination and oppression. Demonstrates that we are not alone. Calls for permanent vigilance.

cheese museum

cheese museum – yuum

Chinese Indonesian restaurant in Amsterdam

there are many Chinese Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam – it feels so homey

bike parking space in Amsterdam

in Amsterdam bicycles get multi-storey parking space!

Not bad, considering we’re looking like this almost the whole day:

in front of Amsterdam Centraal

in front of Amsterdam Centraal with our ugly rain coats – rather drenched

mee
The Traveling Reader
I left home when I was 17 and never stop exploring the world since. Most days I'm a digital technician at one of the London's biggest visual effects studio. My alternate persona writes and travels and dreams of doing these as a living. I alternately call myself Indonesian or Australian whichever is more beneficial at the time, and I've been a Londoner since 2011.