All posts tagged: Amsterdam city

The Grandeur of SAIL Amsterdam : In pictures

So I know that I have been a bit late on this one since SAIL Amsterdam 2015 ended nearly 3 weeks back but things have been a bit crazy with work, a new house and the general settling in, in a new country. But, this is a post I just HAD to share even if it is untimely, mainly because I have never seen anything like this before, and I doubt if I ever will. SAIL Amsterdam as the name suggests is a sailing event (duh!), and one would question as to what is so special about it. And question I did, ignorant me 🙂 It is MIND BLOWING to say the least, in beauty and in scale. And while I (and my last generations) have no connection to sailing whatsoever , I still enjoyed this event tremendously! What really made my experience exceptional was the SAIL-IN ceremony, which is the epitome of “grand”, “scale” and “beauty”. Since it’s first edition in 1975, SAIL Amsterdam has grown to become the largest public event in the Netherlands and the largest …

In photos – Canal Parade at the Amsterdam Gay Pride, 2015

So last Saturday (August 1st), I attended the Canal Parade, which is undoubtedly the most sought after attraction of the Amsterdam Gay Pride festival, attracting hundreds and thousands of locals and tourists. I was extremely excited about attending the parade all week, since it seemed so theatrical in its setting and spirit, and I wasn’t disappointed to say the least. In my last post, I wrote about Dutch tolerance and just letting people be, and its acceptance for the LGBT community is a huge example of that. The Amsterdam Gay Pride, a week-long celebration is possibly the largest of its kind, across the globe and the city of Amsterdam truly comes alive with parties, events, exhibitions and more. The crown in this week long party is of course the Canal Parade which had over 80 boats, with DJs, colors, people and performances, truly having a blast. And all of this with a strong message of tolerance and acceptance, but done in the most fun way possible 😉 I was told to grab a good viewing …

My First Impressions Of Amsterdam

If you have been wondering why I have been missing in action for the past month, then I have got some really exciting news for you all – I have moved to Amsterdam! Yes, I truly have! So I have been sort of busy settling in, looking for a house and in general, getting my bearings around. Everyone has been asking me how this came about ? Well, let’s just say I got lucky ;-). Truth be told, my current company had an opening in Amsterdam which I decided to take up – a new challenge and an opportunity to travel Europe seemed just like the right thing at the right time in my life, and I decided to go for it. My friends and family constantly want to know if this is a short term/long term/midterm plan and to be honest, I don’t really know. There are many if’s and but’s (as always) and I think life is too unpredictable to plan too far ahead, BUT while I am here, I intend to make the most …