Today I'm sharing with you an amazing place that I briefly mentioned in my last post, as it is one of the hotspots me and my year club visited during our Amsterdam weekend trip: Blijburg At Sea! Although we are not exactly talking about the "sea" here...Blijburg Beach is a "city beach" at the artificial island "IJburg", where you can swim in the IJ-lake. Never mind, because Blijburg looks very much like an actual beach! Here at Blijburg they have an awesome restaurant that looks really cool, too. From the terrace you look out on the beach and the water, so it makes the perfect place to chill and chat with friends on a nice summer day. It is a nice getaway from the city as well - it's hard to imagine that Blijburg is only a few tram stops away from the crowded city center of Amsterdam. These parts of Amsterdam, together with some other nice and more quiet neighborhoods that the city holds, have totally turned around my idea of Amsterdam as an ever-crowded and overpopulated town. As a kid I regularly visited the densely crowded center area around the Dam, and didn't go anywhere else except for the sketchy suburb where my grandpa used to live, in what was probably the most miserable neighborhood around, so little did I know Amsterdam is much more than that! So ever since I was old enough to visit Amsterdam without supervision, I soon discovered Amsterdam is more than just tourists bumping into me and smelly apartment buildings, and naturally I started to appreciate the city as it deserves. This city has so much to offer, it knows to surprise me every time: Blijburg is just another example of that.
I love autumn, but looking back at these photos makes me miss summer so badly - and wish that we could go to Blijburg again and eat flammkuchen at the terrace and chill at the beach like in those good old summer days. A couple of days ago I could have sworn that summer had only just ended, but now everyone's talking about their Christmas plans and New Year's Eve parties and suddenly my summer memories are starting to fade :-( Thank god this hopefully means Christmas break is only an eye blink away!
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