I have no friends yet so I bought a plant.
This city is magical. I arrived yesterday morning and after getting things set up with some practical matters I met up with Ali, a friend from home who has just moved to a city an hour away from Amsterdam. We walked and talked and explored and then met up with another friend from home, Kelsey, who just finished a semester abroad at the UvA. It was pretty cool for both of us to hang out on my very first day of exchange and her very last. It’s like she passed the exchange torch over. We went to Kelsey’s favourite sandwich place and had her favourite sandwich (squash, bacon, goat cheese, arugula and honey – it might very well become my fave too). We then went to check out my place which is sooooooo fantastic. It is on the third most inner city canal (Prinsensgracht) and is two minutes from the Anne Frank House, ten from Dam Square and ten and a half away from the Jordaan which is a hella neat area with shops and cafes and beautiful people. Today I got up super early and walked around all day. I got lost and found over and over. There is a really big clothing/food market that pops up on Mondays and Saturdays right by my place so I went to that and bought the plant that will act as my friend for now. I still need to figure out the whole internet sitch at my place – there is no wifi and the cable connection doesn’t seem to be working. I’ve figured out some of the nearby wifi spots though (shout out to McDonalds).
The wifi at McDonalds is great, but the music is so not, so I gotta get outta here.
More to come! For now, here are some pictures of animals.