“I moved to Amsterdam in 2012. I had just finished art school and was looking for a place to live. New York, Berlin and Amsterdam were all on my list of places to be. New York was too loud, Berlin too gloomy and hip, so Amsterdam it was. Amsterdam is a lot friendlier and remains full of opportunity. I asked a photographer friend from Amsterdam if she could help me find a place to stay. A few days later she called to say that she had found me a place right in the centre of the city. Address: Spui 1. I was totally unaware of how amazing this location was and it took me a while to really go for it.
Moving was chaos. You cannot park on Spui, so it was hard getting stuff out of the car and into the house. I didn't even get a chance to have a proper look at the apartment. When I started living there, someone advised me to park my car in the northern district and take the ferry to the other side. It was a cold November day, but with a gorgeous glow from the glistening sun, whose light reflected onto both the water and the white frost that blanketed the city. The ferry ride reminded me of Istanbul and New York, and it gave Amsterdam the charm of a metropolitan city. I was enjoying it, it was simply amazing and I was very happy that this was going to be my new hometown.
What I miss most in the centre of the city is diversity. The population that lives in the centre is, on the whole, rich and white. Personally, a big city should be a multicultural one. In Amsterdam the different nationalities are clustered together. I now live in Osdorp. When I first took the tram here it was like I had a sudden revelation - ''Hey, there are immigrants in Amsterdam!'' Osdorp is very multicultural. The centre of Amsterdam is a little like the movies; it doesn’t show how life really is.
Because of the massive streams of people and tourists, it kind of looks like an open air museum. The right address gives you status. Spui 1 offers a different status than Osdorp, which is an interesting concept to me. I live a different kind of life here, too. In the centre of Amsterdam I am the lady with the high heels and pencil skirts. In Osdorp, it's like I'm on holiday. The air is so much brighter here, the terrain so much flatter and more open. In the centre, all the buildings are so close together it's hard to see the sky. The first time I went to the market in Osdorp, I felt like I had arrived in Istanbul
The people are much nicer, gentler, and more relaxed.
When I lived in the centre of Amsterdam a barrel organ would go off in front of my door every morning. Really annoying! It used to irritate us so much we felt like throwing rotten tomatoes at it! In Osdorp you can hear birds chirping and children playing outside. Amsterdam is at its most beautiful when viewed from the water. Sailing at Durgerdam - the ultimate holiday feeling!”
9.089 people in Amsterdam have the German nationality.