In the second of our UrbanLegends interview series on UrbanDuniya, we meet Agness Walewinder, one half of, and Amsterdam enthusiast!

Agness in Amsterdam

Agness in Amsterdam

Agness and Cez are best friends and travel companions from Poland. These two are sharing their budget travel tips on how to travel the world with $25 in your pocket. Since 2011, they have been travelling the world while teaching English in different Asian countries such as China, Thailand or Cambodia. They are both photography-passionate and obsessed with Chinese cuisine and culture.

I AMsterdam

I AMsterdam

What is your favourite city in the world, and why?

Amsterdam is one of my very favorite European cities. Back in 2013 I found myself falling in love with its gorgeous canals and stunning architecture. I dreamt of having an Amsterdam apartment with a canal view and thought excitingly about how Iā€™d bike to and from work each day alongside the thousands of other cyclists. Now Iā€™m living here, working and studying and I could not be happier.

Just another Amsterdam day...

Just another Amsterdam day…

Art in Amsterdam

Art in Amsterdam

When did you first visit the city, and what was your experience like?

I came to Amsterdam in late November 2012. I was simply blown away by its stunning view at night, friendly locals and amazing bike tradition in the city. I was also a bit disappointed with limited outdoor activities and tourists who were smoking way too much weed. Although they were are few churches around, parks and museums, I was still missing the old market square or Christmas market like in Berlin for example.

National Maritime Museum, Scheepvaartmuseum

National Maritime Museum, Scheepvaartmuseum, Amsterdam

What is your favourite place to go/thing to do in this city?

One of my favourite places in Amsterdam is the National Maritime Museum. Scheepvaartmuseum showed me how Dutch culture has been shaped by the sea and I was taken on a wonderful journey back in the Golden Age and the tale of the whale. It was a wonderful experience stepping back in time.

Amsterdam sidewalk

Amsterdam sidewalk

If this city was a person, what would he/she be like?

Cozy, relaxed, open-minded, old-fashioned and friendly.

Amsterdam canal

Amsterdam canal

If you could dedicate a song to this city, which one would it be?

“Amsterdam” by Coldplay

Friends and good times in Amsterdam

Friends in Amsterdam

What’s your favourite place to eat in this city, and what dish is your favourite?

Amsterdam offers a limitless supply of cafes and bars, somewhere around 1500. Every street side, corner, canal, nook and cranny has something to offer your taste buds and mood. For such a big coffee lover, this city is just a heaven! I often eat in Bagels and Beans, La Place and de Fles. As for my favourite food I would probably go for a beef steak with salad or grilled salmon with veggies.

Lunch in Amsterdam

Lunch in Amsterdam

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Agness in Amsterdam

Agness in Amsterdam

Agness and Cez have also co-authored a book about travel blogging; invaluable advice if you’re getting started, or even just getting better at a long-time hobby.

Travel Blogging: Build Audience, Improve Rankings and Earn Money

Many thanks to Agness for this excellent piece!

Have you been to Amsterdam? What would your favourite city be?

Comments (12)

  • Param Reply

    I love Amsterdam too! One of our favourite cities in the whole wide world. And love the area around the canals…

    February 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm
  • Agness Reply

    I feel absolutely privileged to be here, Tim! Amsterdam is the best place to travel in Europe. I could not be happier to be here!! P.S. I started learning Dutch!! šŸ™‚

    March 1, 2015 at 6:43 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      That’s great!! Best of luck for learning Dutch… and thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!! šŸ˜€

      March 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm
  • The Guy Reply

    Great article Agness and Tim. I think you highlight Agness how a city can grow on you. You’ve certainly grown to love all the wonderful things about Amsterdam and you summed up the personality of the place wonderfully.

    March 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Agness sums it up perfectly – she is a true star blogger! Thanks as always for reading šŸ™‚

      March 4, 2015 at 8:14 pm
  • Jess @UsedYorkCity Reply

    Great piece, loved the interview! Amsterdam has long been on my travel bucket list, and I can’t wait to check out these recommendations one day!;-)

    March 4, 2015 at 1:30 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Me too! I’d love to go there! Thanks for reading šŸ™‚

      March 4, 2015 at 8:13 pm
  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave) Reply

    I regularly read the E Tramping blog and yours of course so it was great to read this interview! I’ve wanted to go to Amsterdam for so long and still haven’t made it so it’s great to get some tips from someone who is actually living there and knows the city quite well šŸ™‚

    March 5, 2015 at 2:11 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Thanks for stopping by, Shikha! I’d love to go to Amsterdam myself one day – and I know I’ll be asking Agness for even more tips!

      March 8, 2015 at 9:39 pm
  • Annie Tong Reply

    Hi Guy’s

    I haven’t been to Amsterdam just yet, it’s on my list of places to visit! really enjoyed reading the interview šŸ™‚ Following your journey now Agness ox
    Thanks for sharing Tim

    March 5, 2015 at 2:41 am
    • Tim Blight Reply

      Thanks for reading, Annie! I’d love to go to Amsterdam too!! šŸ™‚

      March 8, 2015 at 9:37 pm

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