a bit about Geertje
What do you do and why do you do it?
I own a sustainable boutique cruise company (Pure Boats: www.pureboats.nl) in Amsterdam. We own four fabulous classical boats, that are all 100% electric. I am in charge of marketing and PR, and so I get to meet amazing people, visit cool events and make a living by cruising the beautiful canals!
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had and why was it so effing bad?
I worked at McDonalds for a week when I was a teenager. Need I say more?
Were you born and raised in Amsterdam? If not, where did you grow up and what brought you to Amsterdam?
I was born in Nijmegen, in the east of the Netherlands. After highschool I moved to Utrecht. A couple of years ago love brought me to Amsterdam!
What’s your current hood in Amsterdam and what’s the best/worst thing about it?
I live in a tiny but fabulous apartment in Amsterdam West. The best thing about living here is that it is super close to the centre, but it’s not crowded at all. It’s full of amazing shops, bars and even one of the best parks in Amsterdam – the Westerpark. The worst part? I don’t think there is one.
What kind of music do you listen to and what kind of music do you absolutely HATE?
I like listening to all kinds of music. I really like listening to punk, rock and ska, but my secret favourite artist is Taylor Swift. And my friends drag me to Drum ‘n Bass parties and electronic music parties in Amsterdam Noord sometimes. I like that vibe too.
You’re broken hearted – what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Because of you, by Kelly Clarkson.
Name the best TV shows of all time, and what makes them so good?
I love Modern Family, it’s the best.
Name some spots in Amsterdam that are good for a Tinder date.
I met my bf/business partner on Tinder! We went to the Jordaan area, had a drink at Cafe P96, which has a terrace on the boat. Then we went for a cruise on his own salonboat, and the next day we went to Artis. If you’re going to have dinner for your date, I would go to the Zeedijk, where China Town is located. Dim Sum is the best, if you can eat with chopsticks 😉
Which public figure would you want to see “roasted”? (every public figure is fair game).
Oh wow, I don’t know about this one.
Who’s your hero and where in Amsterdam would you take them out for a serious hang?
I love the writer Charles Bukowski. Can you imagine what kind of night that would be? We would probably end up in a shady bar in the red light district.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
I love going to the IJhallen, the biggest flea market of Europe. It’s held once a month at the NDSM Werf in Noord. In the morning I take the cute little ferry over de IJ, and stroll around for a couple of hours. There’s also vendors inside, so even when the weather is not so good, you can find all kinds of amazing second hand and vintage gems!
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Oh I dislike, with a passion, the extremely touristy areas, especially on busy days. Kalverstraat on Saturday for example. Or the line for Madame Tussauds! There are much nicer places that you can visit, without feeling like a captured animal!
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
I would love to go to the Keukenhof or de Zaanse Schans. They’re not literally in Amsterdam, but still very close. I hear it’s beautiful.
Where do you go in Amsterdam for a casual night out?
For a drink I would go to Pking at de Vijzelstraat. They have a secret room in the basement where you can play pool, but don’t tell anybody. I also love the hangout in the Sir Adam hotel, located in the tower overlooking the IJ. They even have a swing on the roof, if you dare…
Where would you go in Amsterdam to celebrate some freaking good news?
I’d hit the closest wine bar, like Wester Wijnfabriek, and order a bottle of bubbles!
What’s your choice of transportation in Amsterdam and why?
Bike or boat! There is no way you need a car in this city, and trams take too long. Besides, this way, you can appreciate the scenery even when you’re on your way somewhere! (Be careful of other people when you’re on a bike though, Amsterdam is busy and I don’t want you to hurt yourself).
What are the Amsterdam spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
I advise everyone to go see the museums, the Anne Frank House (buy your tickets online, it will save you hours of waiting on the street!) and of course take a canal tour (not with the big boats, that’s no fun). Also take a walk through the Vondelpark and Jordaan area. If you have time, make your way to Noord Amsterdam and West, these places offer you a real Amsterdam experience.
What are the Amsterdam spots tourists should run from screaming?
Madame Tussauds, big tour/boating companies, hop on hop off busses, the fake cheese museums, the sex museum isn’t worth it either I think, all the Nutella/waffle shops.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Amsterdam. How do you spend it?
If it’s nice weather I’d take the boat out for a spin with my friends, order a pizza from La Portare Via, and drink some wine with it of course. In the evening i’d go for a drink at Brouwerij de Prael at de Hemweg, eat some classic Dutch Bitterballen and dance the night away at Pacific Park!
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
I love to travel. I’ve been to many places, but the Philippines stole my heart. And Laos. Oh and Panama. I can’t choose!