24 Jul, 2016
A dear friend I met during my studies in Tokyo. The first time I had met him, I think I had to rub my eyes to make sure he was not Godzilla because of his height. There were a few times after when I had to suppress the urge to raise my arms in the air and go, “roar!" From his oversized hospitality to collection of giant bicycles, experiencing Amsterdam with this Dutch boy has got me bewitched under a spell with the city's liberal, relaxed and camera–ready environment.
"Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And freedom most people find sin."
— John Green, Author of The Fault In Our Stars.
OLD DUTCH STEAK
From highstreet bars to hangover brunches, and fresh stroop waffles to cheese shops at every turn. The first and probably the best meal I had in Amsterdam was an Old Dutch Steak at Loetje. Talk about an oldie but a goodie. The sauce with this steak was EVERY–THANG! The meat's oil and butter was burnt into foam, served with slices of bread for you to soak up the salty mess. A Dutch's love for meat practically typified onto a plate.
NIGHT, THEN DAY
Just when your feet had worn-out and your breath begins to come in gasps from walking around in the day, Amsterdam's obvious secrets glistens at night. Whether its watching the sun set from abandoned docks at NDSM, idling away at a city beach on Amsterdam Roest or simply improving your level of engagement at Rembrandtplein, the local's bar town. Sociability reaches fever pitch at night. I'd like to think the night comes first, then day in this iconic city.
Photography by Tokyo Mode Addict