In October 2015, I set off on an escapade to Amsterdam with Das Kapital for the annual Amsterdam Dance Event. While I wasn't there for the 'fun' (see: serious meetings about the music industry); I was tasked with making sure that the rad hovels were sniffed out and earmarked. We spent 4 days in a place that grabs at your attention with every step, neon lights buzz and flyers pave the graffiti decorated streets.
We landed in Amsterdam after a rough stint running through airports and (having seats rows apart) with strange people sleeping on us, only to be greeted by gloomy, cold weather. I say cold and you'll think that I mean Oppikoppi at night or Oudtshoorn in winter but it's the kind of cold that makes you feel like your clothes are wet and heavy. That being said, we were surprised by friends (I didn't even tell them that we were arriving - thank you, Luke and Lisa) making it a royal welcome! I joke about, "What's the wifi password?", often but it was standard procedure to find free wifi towers everywhere during ADE. The festival itself is immense and the infrastructure is as well-implemented as it is expansive.
I love Amsterdam! I don't get cold very easily so you'll see me in shorts more often than not but Amsterdam was a testy mistress. When we were there it rained all the time and that was an aspect that I had not planned for because, in retrospect, this would have meant that I packed something waterproof as opposed to just the warm sweaters that I thought would be adequate. Someone (see: me) didn't think to look at what kind of cold weather he was heading into. Spending all day on your feet can drain a good mood (not when you're sporting cushy Puma R698's though) so luckily there are trams aplenty and bicycles forever. Literally.
SPOILER ALERT: Das Kapital cannot ride a bicycle.
There are so many places to eat that you cannot actually be stressed about it. That being said after a rather pricey initiation (supper was not THAT good) we eventually stumbled across a place called Ellis Gourmet Burger with Jonas from Durp Supera. It is now the only place that I recommend to anyone in Amsterdam! They are the self-proclaimed, "best burger in town", and I wholeheartedly agree. If you're ever in town make sure you stop there.
I had planned to stay awake the whole time we were there but I walked enough to be flattened by the end of each day. It was a veritable crusade. Despite suggesting we get a tandem bicycle (looking back thankfully we didn't), the Do Work Records crew legged it all over from the station to Museumplein to meeting with Noisia and getting lost in Vondelpark (a casual 25km from where we thought we were). We even got caught in the infinte loop of the Dam Square - the layout that looks deceptively like a repetitive grid as you go (while you're physically walking), keeps you walking around in circles until you realise there aren't that many pickled herring stands. The Red Light District is something you must experience for yourself. My only advice for the Red Light District is: do not take your camera. You are not allowed to take photos. Real talk.
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