I’m kind of in a twilight zone, and so is Amsterdam. The city resonates with my state of mind, my phase in life. I’ve just finished my master’s degree, so I’m no longer a student (for now?), but I haven’t started a proper job yet. It’s the middle of July, so it feels like the summer holidays, but does it count as a holiday when you don’t have regular classes…or hours? It feels like a weird, pleasant yet unpleasant kind of void. It pretends to be endless, even though we all know there is no way to stop the curtain when it falls.

Yellow Grass and Freckles on my Skin

The city seems to be going through a similar episode. The street scenes in Amsterdam seem familiar, but the atmosphere is completely different. The Netherlands is normally a very, very wet country, even in the summer months. Yet, we haven’t seen a rainy day in weeks. Amsterdam is in the middle of a long heat wave, slowly morphing into a drought. Who would have ever thought?

I wonder if I will ever experience something like this again in my lifetime. The grass has turned yellow, the freckles on my skin have doubled, and I anxiously await the end of these gloriously sunny days. It hasn’t come yet.

Endless Summer: Street Scenes in Amsterdam

Locals in Amsterdam enjoying the golden hour sunlight in the cooler evening temperatures.
Locals enjoying the golden hour sunlight in the cooler evening temperatures
A crowd of people sitting and standing in front of an ice cream shop in Amsterdam.
Amsterdammers gather at the ice cream shops for a summer snack
A warm summer sunset on the canals of Amsterdam
A warm summer sunset on the canals of Amsterdam

A cat rests on the steps that lead to an Amsterdam doorway
A cat rests on the steps that lead to an Amsterdam doorway
Two women cycle in the shadows of the Rijksmuseum passage.
Cycling in the shadows of the Rijksmuseum passage.
The sunset paints the Oosterdok boardwalk in Amsterdam golden
The sunset paints the Oosterdok boardwalk in Amsterdam golden
Cycling, relaxing, and watching the sunset at the Nieuwe Herengracht
Cycling, relaxing, and watching the sunset at the Nieuwe Herengracht
Drinks and conversations at the sidewalk cafes in Amsterdam
Drinks and conversations at the sidewalk cafes in Amsterdam
Opened windows to escape the indoor summer heat
Opened windows to escape the indoor summer heat
The sunset sets in while a tram to Diemen cruises the streets of Amsterdam
The sunset sets in while a tram to Diemen cruises the streets of Amsterdam

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