Amsterdam: city scars

From just 30.000 residents in the 1500s to more than 900.000 in 2019, Amsterdam has expanded a great deal. This also means that some of the city’s historic buildings were demolished, while others still remain 400 years later. But exactly how have some of the areas in Amsterdam changed throughout the years? Text and photos by Bart Jacobs The Waterlooplein was once the beating heart … Continue reading Amsterdam: city scars

Life-changing novels

Everyone has had the experience – when you were shaken by a book. A novel usually which gives you a new direction. And who knows these life changing books better other than a bookseller. Four readers about life changing reads. Text by Iris van Schie, photo’s by Jonas Armbruster Book The Laws by Connie Palmen Reader Bob Kappen (29), works at Athenaeum, Spui. When did … Continue reading Life-changing novels

Fashion: from trend to sustainability

Sustainability in fashion is a constantly recurring topic. More and more fashion companies are using eco-friendly textiles and remaking worn clothes instead of ‘fast fashion’.  Text and photos by Julia Pulm and Robin Nguyen  2,700 liters. This is the amount of water that is necessary for the manufacturing of one T-Shirt. Most of these T-Shirts are made out of a combination of cotton and polyester. … Continue reading Fashion: from trend to sustainability

Water and weedburgers: the vegans are here

In recent years, vegan food has become more and more common and people often choose a vegetarian meal. The lunchroom ‘Beter & Leuk’ located in Amsterdam, has an extensive vegan menu. Even though it is not close to most tourist attractions, it’s jam packed every day around lunchtime.   Text and photos by Bart Jacobs The vegetarian lunchroom, ‘Beter & Leuk’ in Amsterdam East almost looks … Continue reading Water and weedburgers: the vegans are here

Out of the rush

Most people living in Amsterdam probably can’t imagine themselves not living in a city. For Noelle Amrani (23) that isn’t the case. At the age of fifteen, she moved to a village in the south of Holland. Text by Astrid Vlaeminck and Samen Rehman Pictures by Astrid Vlaeminck  When Noelle started studying law three years ago she had to get a student apartment in Amsterdam-Zuidoost … Continue reading Out of the rush

The fear of traffic in Amsterdam

By Jonas Armbruster, Natasha Jahanshahi and Iraide Ibarrondo The Netherlands capital city is famous for being a city specially designed for cyclists, but other means of transport such as trams, cars, pedestrians and scooters have to share the roads with cyclists too. This can make the traffic pretty chaotic for those who aren’t used to it. In fact, the number of pedestrian deaths in Amsterdam … Continue reading The fear of traffic in Amsterdam

The Red Light District: ‘This is not a shopping mall’

By Mila Emmer & Julia van den Muijsenberg AMSTERDAM – Behind the many red-lit windows, sex shops, brown cafes or in a theatre hidden behind an illuminated façade, a world that has attracted many people to the city over the years awaits to be explored. A quick visit to the Red Light District is now on the bucket list of both young and old tourists, … Continue reading The Red Light District: ‘This is not a shopping mall’

“Moving here created a huge sense of independence”

Written by Lindsey Maycock Every year many students all around the world leave the comforts of their home country to study abroad. The Netherlands alone welcomes 122,000 exchange students each academic year. Students apply to go on exchange in the hopes of becoming a more independent open-minded individual. Two exchange students in Amsterdam discussed their initial struggles with homesickness and navigating their new surroundings. They’ve overcome this by … Continue reading “Moving here created a huge sense of independence”

The iron triangle

A piece by Maxim Etty, Dave Lantinga and Diogo Baptista Alongside the peaceful, slow floating waters of Amsterdam’s canals, we find 58 large concrete structured subway stations to transport 87.000 people daily to their destinations. Compared to the look and feel of the city center, the subways do certainly not have the same vibe. Especially girls don’t feel comfortable taking the subway to the suburbs … Continue reading The iron triangle