Thursday, March 12, 2009
I'm from a small town. I went to university in a smaller Canadian city, and when we moved to Hilversum, I felt at ease in the small-town atmosphere of the city. Since we've been here in Amsterdam, it has taken a little bit of getting used to. Although the Oud Zuid region of Amsterdam is nicely separated from the centrum, and the Pijp is almost a sub-neighbourhood within Oud Zuid, it still feels like a big city to me :) The sound of the tram ringing its bell, people on the street, and cars zooming by is something new to me. Being able to step out of my apartment and into a busy world of restaurants, bars, and shops has really intrigued me since our move. If I need to go shopping, I just walk 2 minutes to be near all the stores. This must be very common to most people, but I'm used to having to walk at least 15 minutes to be near the city hub, or having to get into a car and drive into town. There is so much life going on outside my window, I could watch the people on bikes, walking with their daily market purchases, and waiting for the tram all day (well, at least until I get used to city-living). Today I went for a walk to take some pictures of the neighbourhood, and was surprised at how close we are to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum, and Heineken Experience (about a 5 minute walk from all of them). This is going to be a great summer, with so many outdoor terraces and museums in walking distance, I can't wait for the weather to warm up!