Netherlands with Paolo Llige (Amsterdam)

A -adjusting

M - myself

S - so

T - that

E - everything

R - remains

D – iverse

A - and

M – majestic

Hailing from a tropical country, summertime in Amsterdam is weird for me. The hottest is 19ºC which is the coldest temperature in the an air-conditioned room in the Philippines. It gets colder at night at 9ºC which is close to the temperature of our refrigerator.

Im excited to use my bike here and act like a local.

Bikers here are crazy drivers; they’re fast and always on the go. You will see lots of bikers wearing formal clothes and they don’t care if they’re using bikes. Amsterdam is one of the most largest bicycle-friendly large cities in the world. It has 400 km of bike lanes and nearly 40% of all commuters in Amsterdam are on bikes.(Source: Strangely, most cyclists don’t wear helmets. Lucky for me being from the Philippines where I'm used to these conditions of having crazy drivers on the streets. Bikers here in Amsterdam are like jeepney drivers in our country. They are always on the go and sometimes they don’t follow traffic rules.

I travelled 3.1 km to go to Sees Foundation.

It is located at the “touristy” area such as the palace, Redlight district, Chinatown, establishments selling weeds and other stuffs that are made from weeds and some museums as well so there's always a lot of people on the streets taking photos of buildings and sceneries. At SeeS Foundation office, since it's around lunchtime already,

Sven and Nichon prepared a tasty meal called Falafel. Falafel is a deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans, or both. Falafel is a traditional Middle Eastern food.

Then we began to discuss what activities we will work on for my 2 weeks stay and first up on the task is to make an invitational video for the upcoming dumpster diving event. After work, we had a sumptuous “sunny dinner” at Noorderlicht Cultureel Restaurant Café. That was my first time to have a dinner while the sun is still up (1930 hrs). And I have to say that European people really loved beer or wine along with their meals.

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