Amsterdam, Netherlands
Michal, 35
Music head, culture junkie
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a bit about Michal

What are you working on these days?

Planning this years' trips and furniture-bargain hunting.

What drives you mad these days?

People who don’t mind where they’re going, get on the bike lanes and block the way. come on mates, look around you!

What makes you happy?

Sunny days, beaches, berries, live music, baked goods, tour dates announcements, biking to new places, puppies. So having a piece of raspberry pie at the beach while petting a puppy would be a very, very good day.

When was the last time you cried?

Oh I cry all the time. It’s good for your system.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

It’s tight match between Frank Ocean and Arcade Fire. I kind of forgot about Arcade Fire but a recent visit to a small town right outside of Amsterdam got me listening to The Suburbs again and brought all the emotions right back. it’s a great playback album for when biking around. and I just keep coming back to Frank ocean because his music is a masterpiece for the ages.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I don’t really have that many favourite brands or shops. I’m not very picky with my shopping, but do like to have a story behind my clothes. Sometimes it's ‘this vintage 501's from the most charming little shop in Barcelona’ and others it’s ‘70% off at Topshop Tel Aviv!’. My favourite story tho, is the classic ‘stolen from my sister. But shhhh!’

What’s your go-to café in Amsterdam?

Caffènation Amsterdam in Zuid. It’s quiet and friendly, with probably the best coffee in the city. The vibe is always cosy and welcoming, and I always Shazam whatever is playing.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

Favourite street’s gotta be Utrechtstraat – it has the best canal view without actually being on a canal. I like taking a detour through the little alleys in the Jordaan, there’s always something new to discover, even just on the way back home.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Amsterdam but never actually do?

Boat rides!

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I would prefer making him a good bacon sandwich and stay in, but if we have to go out, I will take Josh Homme (Stoner rock king, QOTSA lead man and all around redheaded god) for a classic steak dinner at Loetje – he will appreciate the buttery goodness and zero pretence – followed by some whiskey-based cocktails at Porem.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

Athenaeum bookstore on Spuistraat. You can spend hours and hours between the shelves, and the magazine store right by is probably one of the bests in the world. (the Rijks is always a good option, but it rains A LOT and entry is 17.50)

What’s that place in Amsterdam you feel like only you know about?

There is a block behind my former apartment, with a mess of tiny streets and a tiny little bridge that overlooks the water in a way that really incapsulate all the magic of Amsterdam in just a few square meters. It’s completely residential, very quite and serene. It was where I was secretly practicing riding my bike and getting better at it, a spot I hold dear.

If tomorrow was your last day in Amsterdam before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I’d start with coffee at Kafenation then bike through the park to the city center and have a tart at De Laatse Kruimel (ok, maybe a couple of tarts). After that I’d grab a bunch of friends, get a boat and do a proper boat bar hopping between all of the bars that have docks. What better day than the last one to finally do that..?

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

I don’t want to be a mayor.. too much hassle and paperwork. But! Amsterdam does have a night mayor, whose in charge of the nightlife, culture and music aspects of town. That I would gladly do.

What’s the spot in Amsterdam you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

A coffeeshop. Each and every one of them.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Oh Yay! I will grab some friends, some bottles of wine and some fancy snacks and head to a park for a celebratory picnic.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Going to see live music. Be it at a tine club, a proper venue or a stadium, with friends or alone, it truly is my favourite way to spend time. I also really like baking, but food goes away while a good show stays with you for pretty much ever.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

SkateCafe in Noord. They know how to throw a good party.

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