All posts tagged: living in Amsterdam

Home is a feeling – Memoirs from Amsterdam

The Beginning It was a cold windy Saturday morning in June as I stood in the taxi line at Schiphol, tired from the lack of sleep but full of nervous excitement for what lay ahead. After months of thinking about this move, then dealing with the paperwork and permit, I had finally arrived. My company had put me up in a service apartment and after checking in, I dumped my stuff and headed out to the nearest grocery store to buy some supplies. There was a slight drizzle and the air felt crisp after the Delhi summer heat, as I shuddered walking the 800 meters to the store, realizing that I should have unpacked my jacket first. I ought to be more careful, I thought to myself. It was my first day in a new country and the last thing I wanted to do was to get sick. Being on my own was already making me mindful about the trivial things. I didn’t really get a chance to think about much that weekend, since P …

Love, Equality and Freedom – At Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade,2016

In it’s 20th year, and playing host to EuroPride 2016, it was natural to expect the Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade to be bigger and better this time. And while I was stunned(second year in a row) with the eclectic boats, the carnival-esque vibe and colors, what truly stands out about this event for me is its spirit – of love, equality, freedom and respect, not only for others but for your own self. We live in a world that is becoming increasingly intolerant on so many issues, a fact that is disturbing as it is unfortunate. Witnessing this parade is heartwarming for me, while many of course come to enjoy the party, there are as many that come to show their support and acceptance for the LGBT community. It makes me want to believe that there is still hope, that a lot of the world will stand for freedom of choice as long as it does not harm anyone, that we believe in the power of love, no matter it’s orientation and that we are willing …

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 …