Afternoon in Amsterdam

This past Saturday, we started off the afternoon having lunch with friends at De Hallen Amsterdam. De Hallen is home to a food hall (where we had lunch), film theater, library, studios, and more. Today they also had an artisan fair where you could buy anything from tea to art to raincoats. The food hall is an indoor food market with a variety of stalls serving different foods: Vietnamese spring rolls, Australian pies, French pastries, American burgers, and gourmet bitterballen to name a few.

De Hallen Amsterdam
De Hallen Amsterdam

After lunch, Mike and I saw a movie at Theater Tuschinski. It is a beautiful theater built in 1921 by a Polish man, Abraham Tuschinski. The theater’s architecture is a mix of Art Deco and Jugenstil. The building is opulent but also very cozy with multiple zaals or theaters tucked in throughout the building. They also give daily tours if you want to see more of the building.

Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam
Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam
Lobby of Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam
Lobby of Theater Tuschinski, Amsterdam

Clubbing

Recently, a friend invited me along to a club (discotheek) in Utrecht. I was really excited since I love to dance but rarely have a dance partner. (It had been 10 years since I had last been to a club of any kind.) The club had several rooms, each room played a different genre. During really popular songs, everyone would sing along. I was a little surprised when YMCA played and no one did the hand motions. Maybe the hand motions are just an American thing. There weren’t as many Dutch songs as I expected (most of them were English/American songs that I knew). It also surprised me that smoking was allowed in the club. Overall, we enjoyed ourselves and plan to return.

Dance floor at the club.
Dance floor at the club. It was really dark, as you can see, so most of my photos didn’t turn out.