The 6th edition of the Hotelnacht is here! During the weekend of 13 and 14 January, Amsterdam is once again a city for the real Amsterdammer. (Someone who lives in social housing in the centre of the city and complains about tourism). Some of the best hotels reserve their rooms, restaurants, and lobbies for the locals, they get to experience what it is like to be a tourist in … [Read more...] about Amsterdam Hotelnacht
The Airbnb Gravy Train in Amsterdam is leaving the station Today in Amsterdam, Dutch property owners, who are not usually the most touchy-feely of people have been openly bursting into tears and hugging complete strangers. The reason for this is that Amsterdam City Council announced that the maximum number of days that apartment owners can sublet their homes on Airbnb will be … [Read more...] about Airbnb rentals in Amsterdam Reduced to a maximum of 30 days
Finding An Affordable Place To Rent in Amsterdam In 2004 when I moved to the Netherlands, finding an affordable place to rent in Amsterdam was easier than selling ripped jeans to a Dutch woman. I found a 70 square meter apartment that was a bitterballens throw away from Museumplein, for which the rent was only 1055 Euros per month. It was so simple and pain-free. Finding a … [Read more...] about The Living Hell of Finding An Affordable Place to Rent in Amsterdam
Expats blamed for high rental prices and cost of living in Amsterdam While walking through the Ruysdaelkade, which is home to Amsterdam's second largest red light district, I overheard a discussion between a Dutchman and a scantily clad bed bound entrepreneur. He asked her how much she charged for her services and when she told him, his response was "how much? Verdomme expats! … [Read more...] about Are expats to blame for high rental prices in Amsterdam?
One of my favorite expat bloggers is Andra Stefan author of Amsterdamming. She recently wrote an incredibly thought provoking piece which she's kindly allowed me to repost here. Why living in Amsterdam is killing the woman in me Here is one of the very reasons I love living in Amsterdam. How could I not? The experience of being a woman in this city is very liberating. Dutch … [Read more...] about Living In Amsterdam Is Killing The Woman In Me