Happy 1 Year of Amsterdam to Me

By Elie - 9:36 PM


Well, no I didn't take this picture today. It was taken on my birthday which coincidentally was Mid-Autumn festival this year so my cake was a mooncake. Because you know moonCAKE.

Man how time flies when you literally have no idea what you're doing because I've actually been in Amsterdam for a full year now. I roughly remember how I felt at this time a year ago - actually I was just dead in bed because I had just flown 17 hours from KL to Amsterdam. There was a 2 hour transit in Singapore somewhere in that timeline, but basically I was new. I'd literally never been in Amsterdam, I had no idea what to expect, and basically if my other half wasn't already living here for 4 months before I flew, we would have been lost. Very. Lost.

T'was I on the 16th of October 2019!

I know one thing for very sure however, was that my other half and I worked really hard not to let me sleep in the day. This was partly to help me get over the time difference and jet lag but I also think my other half enjoyed watching me struggle to keep my eyes open. That day, I had my first sip of Chocomel (that changed my mind on chocolate milk forever), had my first Dutch apple pie at Winkel43, and bought my first pack of fries from Mannekin Pis in Damrak. 

I remember thinking that Damrak was such a huge place - much bigger than KL and the Bukit Bintang areas, but honestly joke's on me cause I had no idea I'd end up working at the Damrak area for 7 months after that. From the sights and the sounds to the fascination of riding on a tram for the first time, Amsterdam felt like such an exciting city overall. I won't lie, I still do think it's a great place to be. 

This year in Amsterdam, I've learned to do so much I've never done in my life. I've cooked, I've cleaned, I've worked in Starbucks, and I've tried to learn Dutch. I truly believe there's still so much more of Netherlands that I haven't seen so hopefully once this Coronavirus situation is over, we'll still be here to explore it all. Dankjewel, Amsterdam, for being my home this past year. Here's to more, fingers crossed.

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