"I had already lived in the Netherlands for a while, but when my office moved to Amsterdam I ended up moving with it. The first stretch was amazing and very positive. Going to work on the bicycle - true happiness. When you’re riding a bicycle you feel that you’re part of something; part of the city.
When you live here, you go to different places than you would as a tourist. As a visitor you go to the theatre or to a concert. Now I end up at all kinds of different places. Even getting lost with the bike is fun. At the beginning I just used to follow the tram rails, but now I make left and right turns to get to my destination more quickly, and it’s then that you see the most wonderful things.
I live in Oud-Zuid, so it was a painless move from village to city. The southern part of Amsterdam is pretty quiet. You can easily visit the city; with the bike you can be in the central hot spots within a few minutes. But you can also leave them far behind when you have a bike. Sometimes I hate the sheer numbers of people in this city, but then I immediately feel proud that all these people are here because they want to experience my Amsterdam.
The one thing I really like about people from Amsterdam is that they are very open and direct and have a great sense of humour. People shouldn’t take their directness too seriously, but add a slight wink to whatever they are saying. In Sweden, people aren’t so open. For example, you wouldn’t talk to a complete stranger at the bus station. I love that there are a lot of young people living in the city. Young families don’t leave the city, which makes for a constantly changing and developing place."