What's up with Amsterdam?
When I was living in Spain enjoying the wonderful and relaxed lifestyle of the Spaniards, people from all over the world asked me about my home country.
What’s up with coffee shops? What’s up with the red light district?
I liked answering these questions.
When I came back in 2010, I started this website to answer all of those burning questions the world seems to have about this tiny country with it’s friendly but also rather peculiar people.
Amsterdam: a popular tourist destination
In the last few years, Amsterdam has become a very popular tourist destination. The enormous growth of tourism has also put a lot of strain on the city, especially the historical center.
The center of the city: the ‘red light district’ and the canal rings are not just tourist attractions. They are also the place where people live, bike to work, play and carry on with their daily routine.
On this blog I’m therefore also trying to direct visitors towards areas that are just as remarkable as the Amsterdam historical centre, but are not featured in the standard tourist guide books.
What’s up with Amsterdam: for expats & new comers
For people who fall in love with this city and trying to make a more permanent move here, there is also a lot of information that can make the move easier: trying to find a place to live, understanding Dutch culture through customs, traditional Dutch food and the peculiarities of the Dutch language.
History and stories of the city
A lot of the stories on What’s up with Amsterdam are dotted with historical facts and stories. That is because I myself am a tourist guide. I will be most happy to show you around during your visit. Contact me for more information about What’s up Tours.
Your guide to Amsterdam
I hope this website is an entertaining and informative guide for all those interested in Amsterdam. I have worked as a journalist and editor for over 20 years, so getting the facts right is very important to me.
If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know by sending me an email with the contact form on this page. My thanks is great!
Oh, and (almost) all photos are made by me as well.
Enjoy and tot ziens! Tanja
From 28 March 2018 – 1 July I am on a cycling holiday in Africa! See also FietseninAfrika.nl