“I came via train to Amsterdam as a tourist in 2003. My first impression was, “What a magical place”. I had been in many other European cities and had also lived in America, but Amsterdam had me in shock. In a positive sense. I thought everything was really unique. It was so different from home; the atmosphere, the architecture and the perfect size - everything is in an easy distance. I still have the email I sent to my parents which described the magic of Amsterdam. I never dreamed I would one day come to live here.