Amsterdam gyms cater to fanatics and the uncommitted

So here’s me telling you about gyms in Amsterdam. I am the last person to do so if my personal experience is anything to go by as I am a novice to gyms. I hate the sweat and the supposed cleanliness of these places where the air alone makes me want to vomit. I prefer […]

Discover Amsterdam as a leading diamond cutting centre

Fancy a spot of diamond shopping in Amsterdam? I am not kidding; the Dutch capital happens to be the second most important diamond cutting and polishing capitals of the world, competing very hard with Antwerp in Belgium. Amsterdam’s two main diamond factories, Coster Diamonds and Gassan Diamonds are world renowned as is the infamous ‘Amsterdam Cut’ which […]

Harry Mulisch Museum opens

Historically, the Netherlands is known more for its painters than for its literary talent. Most tourists come to see works of the likes of Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Vermeer, Jan Steen and Van Gogh rather than to soak up the exploits of the Dutch literary elite. That makes the writers that you can discover into real […]

Amsterdam’s latest pastime: Vondelsurfing

The Amsterdam Vondelpark is known for its attraction for performance artists of all kinds. In recent years, many people have also started using the park as their venue of choice for conducting tuition in every conceivable art or sport. You see inline skate instructors offering lessons in slalom, line dancers hoisting pupils on rope, there’s […]

Your best options for adventurous slow food in Amsterdam

Slow food in a fast city like Amsterdam sounds unnatural. But of course, nothing could be more natural than grub, grown and/or procured locally, eaten in most cases on the spot. Various slow food outlets are receiving rave reviews in the press and that’s not only because they happen to operate in a popular niche […]

Improv comedy in English

English language comedy in Amsterdam? It’s being done! A few theatre companies originating from the UK have set up shop in Amsterdam and with great success. One of them is easylaughs -, a comedy improvisation group which insists on spelling their own name without a capital letter – funny! They have been active for over […]

Organise a herring workshop in your Amsterdam Apartment kitchen

The Dutch are a seafaring nation. Hence the dykes of course. And the Dutch also have a thing going on with fish. Herring in particular. This sushi-type fish is eaten in a way that is peculiar and warrants explaining. It’s called ‘haring happen’ and what happens is this; a Dutchman or Dutchwoman will get on […]

Draw inspiration from the ideas of professionals at Pecha Kucha

Amsterdam boasts a lively Pecha Kucha scene. During Pecha Kucha meetings, presentations are held in a particular style which seems to have caught on in cities everywhere around the world. Originating in Japan, Pecha Kucha means ‘chit chat’ but the presentations are all but to the point. During the meetings, between eight and 14 very short, very focused presentations about […]

The revival of 70s urban renewal at ARCAM

If you are like me and a bit of a Grand Designs fanatic, you must see the ARCAM museum when you’re in Amsterdam. This centrally located architectural museum currently hosts an exhibition entitled ‘Learning from the Seventies’. This subject is rather topical in the current Amsterdam architectural climate, where urban renewal dominates the agenda, not […]

Gay Animals? They exist! Book a tour through Artis Zoo now!

When you pay a visit to the Artis Zoo, it won't just be to keep the kids happy. Because besides presenting the flora and fauna, Artis also serves up excellent fodder for grown-ups. For instance, there are many animals in the zoo that manifest gay tendencies, which is something that has caught the attention of the […]