another terribly beautiful day in amsterdam.

the terrific weather made a bike tour through the greater area obligatory. turns out that the west is one of the greenest parts of the city – it sports at least four parks!

all you need to do in order to get from the student hotel to the south tip of the old town is bike south through rembrandtpark, then east through the even bigger vondelpark. and yes, they have amazing roads and bike paths on which you can really gun for it! they are also blotted with some pieces of particularly pointless public art…

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i ended the tour by swinging by at brasserie tot zo for a chat with owner and chef modjo rouzbeh. at three months, the restaurant, housed in a building that once was a technical school, is an even more recent addition to the neighbourhood than the student hotel. its high ceiling, fully glassed walls and buitenterras (amsterdamers are all about terraces!) make for a really nice atmosphere. i will check out the menu – it is new as of tonite! – soon enough, but am now headed to radijs for a bite and a glass of sauvignon blanc…

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