Netherlands

Home Sweet Home Amsterdam

Home sweet home…It is great seeing the world but Amsterdam, my true love, I miss you each time we are apart, I understand your value and the privilege to be with you… with your serenity, your calm beauty, your civilized manners, clean air, ease of access to things, safety, escape from all the things big and chaotic cities have and I dislike very much (giant metros, immense crowd, tall buildings, traffic….), your good looking people, good looking buildings, peaceful, reliable and stable life you provide… You have captured my heart forever and provided me the home I have always dreamed about…

The generosity of the Poor

Generosity of my people, the Turkish people here brought tears to my eyes…it is the Turkish take-away restaurant that gave me free desert as a gift when he heard I was Turkish, it is the Turkish taxi driver who refused to take money when he heard I was Turkish, it is the store that refused to take money for the baklava I wanted to buy when he learnt I just moved to the area, it is the cleaning crew at my office who left fruits and home made “pogca” on my desk when he saw my turkish name on the sign at my office…it is all these examples since I moved to Amsterdam. And all these people work so hard to make very little, they drive taxis all day, they sell kebap all day in front of a hot stove, they clean floors, toilets, but still generous…with little means, but big hearts…still able to say “ikramimiz olsun abla” (it is our gift sister). It is these moments that I am proud of my people.

September 20, 2012

Top Experiences

  • Amsterdam: canals, festivals, King’s Day, Gay Pride parade on Prinsengracht, coffee shops, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh museum
  • The Hague
  • Rotterdam
  • Utrecht
  • Giethoorn
  • Lisse and Keukenhof: tulip and flower fields in April, May
  • Volendam: fishing village
  • Gouda: the town of the famous Gouda cheese
  • Wind Mills: Kinderdijk, Schiedam, Haarlem, Leiden, Brouwerij ’t IJ in Amsterdam which is also a beer brewery
  • beaches: Zandvoort aan Zee, Bloemendaal, Scheveningen, Noordwijk