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Learn all about life in Amsterdam from the point of view of a self-described sarcastic expat. Go beyond the usual cliches about the joys of cycling and consumption of raw herring and bitterballen. Obviously, no blog about this city can possibly not feature articles about cycling, however, here you’ll learn about the seven almost deadly sins of Amsterdam cyclists, and all about the kind of people one tends to come across on Amsterdam’s bike lanes.

In addition to features about cycling, learn about the common scams often pulled by taxi drivers, many of whom regard tourists and foreigners in general as being a kind of biological ATM, from which they can withdraw vast amounts of money by charging criminally high prices to the unaware.

In addition, my articles about Amsterdam also feature important local news such as Justin Bieber’s alleged plan to buy a penthouse in the center of town. Plus other useful information about life in Amsterdam

Prakkie over 020

On my facebook page, I recently reported the following overheard conversation that took place in an Amsterdam cafe. Customer “Do you have Chai?” Irritated waitress “Chai? No, we don’t have that, just normal Latte, Cappuccino or Coffee.” Customer “Oh really? Ok, then I’ll have a skinny cappuccino.” Waitress raising voice …

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A week in Amsterdam

Cafe Goos

A week in Amsterdam To quote the name of an old British satirical TV show, that was the week that was. So England had their bottoms well and truly kicked in the world cup, and I hope that this has finally put an end to the ridiculous idea, still held …

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How to be asocial

The Shallow Man gives up. Being polite and considerate in Amsterdam is a sign of weakness, sure to get you labelled as a stupid foreigner. My inburgering into the ways of Amsterdam society is complete. From today onwards I’m going to behave like a typical Amsterdammer and be asocial. It’s …

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An open letter to Domino’s Pizza

Dear Domino’s, Firstly I’d like to congratulate you on your continued contribution to the employment of people in the public health sector. With the large amounts of sugar, salt and fat contained in your pizzas,  which contain up to four hundred calories a slice, you’re doing a great job ensuring that …

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Amsterdam Taxi Drivers, Still Not to Be Trusted

Amsterdam Taxi drivers, still not to be trusted Last week the Shallow Man read the results of a survey of the Amsterdam Taxi branch carried out by the gemeente. Two hundred and one mystery shopper journeys were taken in taxis, of which only 25% were in full compliance with the updated …

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Five things I love about Amsterdam

Five things I love about Amsterdam The Shallow Man has lived in Amsterdam for ten years now. People often ask me what are the things I really like about this city. This is a difficult question as there are so many things to love about living here, but here are …

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British tourists in Amsterdam

British tourists in Amsterdam The Shallow Man, that most elegant (and modest) example of fine British manhood rarely visits the two great pleinen in Amsterdam, named Rembrandt and Leidse. Yes, I have often frequented the Palladium, but that is purely for my continuing research for my PhD on the mating …

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Amsterdam the Most Bike Friendly City in the World

Amsterdam bike friendly city Hello dear reader at the time of writing this post, it’s Monda,y March the 10th and the weather in Amsterdam is beautiful. The sun has been shining now for three days in a row and the effect this has on Amsterdammers is incredible. People who are …

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