5 things I miss about life in Amsterdam

Life in Amsterdam

With King’s Day last month, I couldn’t help but get a little bit melancholic about not living in Amsterdam anymore. I moved away with my boyfriend in 2016, after spending 9 years in the Dutch capital. Although my profession as a freelance copywriter has allowed me to visit many awesome places and work from very exotic locations since then, I do get a little “homesick” once in a while. And not only because of the magic green plants the city is famous for… (ah, life in Amsterdam)

Dutch festivities are the bomb

King’s Day and other crazy festivities like Gay Pride are definitely majorly missed. It doesn’t help seeing lots of fun-filled pictures come across my FB and Instagram account for days after those epic parties. *sniff.

King's day - living in Amsterdam
Those were the days – King’s Day in the sun with friends

Another thing I miss about living in Amsterdam is the time when spring is making an appearance for the first time and everyone – I mean EVERYONE – is losing their sh*t. Terraces are opening up left, right and centre (sometimes even in the water) and you only see happy and very relieved faces to have survived yet another cold, rainy and grey winter. A glass of rosé or a refreshing Hoegarden have never tasted as good as during those times when my pale skin is being touched again by those shy rays of sun.

Nothing better than a day on the water

life in Amsterdam
Nothing better than cruising in the canals of Amsterdam

Speaking of…summer or those few sunny days per year are also a reminder of the good times I’ve had boating with friends while living in Amsterdam. There’s nothing better than renting a boat with a group of amigos, packing some snacks and drinks and embarking on a booze cruise through the picturesque canals of Amsterdam until it gets dark and/or no-one is able to safely drive the boat anymore. This is the life!

sun - living in Amsterdam
Sun’s out – melons out…or something like that

Food from all corners of the globe

What else? Having lived close to the Foodhallen at Kinkerstraat, I definitely miss the huge variety of food that is offered in Amsterdam. The “multiculturalness“ (I know I made this word up but doesn’t it hit the nail on its head?!) of the city is an absolute asset to everyday life. More than once I found myself daydreaming about delicious hours filled with hummus, tapas, bitterballen, sushi, roti and pho…not necessarily in that order.

food - living in Amsterdam
Sushi, Pho, Roti…or maybe just a Dutch Cheese Tosti

Last but not least, I miss my bike. Well, technically not really, because Lac and I brought back our Amsterdam bikes when we moved, but for some reason it’s not the same as biking over cobble-stoned narrow bridges, dodging clueless tourists and not trying to fall when crossing tram tracks. Ah the memories! Biking in Amsterdam will always hold a very special place in my heart.

I think it’s time to book a ticket…

Have you had any experience with life in Amsterdam? Let us know in the comments!

Alexandra Huetter
Alexandra Huetter
Alexandra Huetter is a native Austrian with a passion for traveling. Having worked in tourism, marketing and sales she finally decided to exchange her 9-to-5 job for the unpredictable yet rewarding world of freelancing. She has been working as a freelance copywriter in Amsterdam since 2011.


  1. […] Amsterdam is an obvious choice, being the capital and all. It is much loved for its museums, canals, picturesque scenery and of course, there is tons to do. Amsterdam actually has the 2nd highest ranked university in the whole of the Netherlands (The University of Amsterdam) and it’s the country’s largest. It is also ranked in the top 100 in the world for the best student cites. Don’t worry, there is also plenty of courses taught in English – which has been heavily criticised. […]


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