Allan

Denmark

This is 
Allan Sperling (1971) 

Country of Origin
Denmark

Lives in
Westerpark

In the Netherlands since 
2006

Profession
Production and Development Manager

Loves 
Going to de Noordermarkt and Wie is de mol? (television program) 

Still would like to
Go to De Keukenhof, acting like a tourist in my own country.

Misses
Herring

Denmark in Amsterdam
Rye bread from the bakery at Java Eiland 

“I first visited Amsterdam with my parents was when I was 12. I remember our canal boat tour clearly. The canals and old houses look so unique and I think it was the first time I ever thought, “I think this must be the most beautiful city in the world.” I moved to Amsterdam when I was trying to figure out where my life was headed. What did I want from life? What will I do with my life? A friend told me about their contract over here, as a producer. I got a call on Friday and on Monday I flew into Amsterdam. That was 11 years ago. You can't help but fall in love with Amsterdam. You really fall for it hook, line and sinker. Especially as you ride your bike through the city on a summer night; not the slightest breeze, the reflections of the lights blinking on the water...so beautiful.

You don’t find somewhere like Amsterdam easily, and it didn't take long before I started to think  I shouldn't leave at all, just find a job and stay here. I started making long-term plans. I started looking for a proper place to stay and a job - which isn't that easy in Amsterdam.

I found a house - maybe a third of the size of my house in Denmark - but hey, at least it was in Amsterdam! It's like experiencing a natural wonder while you're actually living inside of it.

I love Amsterdam. It's the little things: the man I saw roller-skating through the city a few years ago wearing nothing but a thong. Wow, cool! Things like that just happen in this city. Besides loving Amsterdam, I also fell in love with a Dutch woman. We got married and moved to a bigger house. Of course, my mum would have preferred that I lived just around the corner, but she always tells me, ‘I would rather have you living over there and happy, than to have you living here, unhappy."

There's been one, single moment where I wanted to leave Amsterdam. I rode my bike to work in the rain and arrived soaking wet. When I finally got inside, absolutely dripping, the sun came out and stayed out for the rest of the day. The moment I left to go home, it started pouring with rain again. “I’ve had it!” I told my wife, “I don't want this''. So my wife bought me a set of very well made waterproofs. My advice to everyone who's thinking about moving here is, ''Buy yourself a good set of waterproofs!’’ “


608 people in Amsterdam have the Danish nationality

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