Millions of people. Some paused to examine me as they passed by. How beautiful I was back then, standing tall in the center of Amsterdam. I’ve seen the likes of Joost van den Vondel, Rembrandt, Anne Frank and just recently, Justin Bieber. I’ve seen a lot here in Amsterdam. I’ve witnessed times of great prosperity and times of turmoil. Times which have made the city what it is today: vibrant and multicultural.
OVER THE YEARS I
You know people do the craziest things when they think no one is watching. Fights were won and lost in front of me, sloppy drunks pissed all over my walls, young men in love pressed their damsels firmly against me as the tourists did their whores. An old man, this Amsterdam, whose red eyes glare out upon streets that never sleep. And although the marks of time are impossible to remove, thankfully cities, quite unlike people, age differently.
But despite his age, my city has become modern. Horse-drawn carts have been replaced by trams, muddy roads were paved and bicycles well yes, we still have those. And through it all I stood. Opposite a convent where nuns prayed with little conviction until they frantically mouthed their last ‘Hail Mary’ and the convent permanently closed its gates. I saw residents come and go. They experienced adventure with me and together we made history. But when my last tenants left, I was left empty. Colder and colder I became...
MY WALLS CRUMBLED
AS I SHIVERED
and while I saw the people pass me by, no one stopped for one last look.
WHEN I THOUGHT, ALL HOPE WAS LOST, A FAMILY APPEARED
“We’re going to help you”, they said. They ripped out all my old junk and left only my bare walls. Although I was nervous, I knew that soon I’d be transformed into...
...a modern, stylish and sophisticated hotel.
I owe a lot to the family. They have given me back my dignity and splendor. My future looks bright and passersby curiously stop in front of me again.
Lees over de familie
ZOEK HET AVONTUUR OP EN ONTDEK MIJN STAD
So, to all those globetrotters and adventurers, soon I will be open and ready to welcome you. With modern rooms, uniquely themed and fitted with luxurious showers. A place to relax and forge new plans for the day ahead. A place from which, to get to know my city, have a drink, a bite to eat, or together dance the night away.