i’m going to amsterdam for my birthday in april! i’ll be staying at the artacasa bed & breakfast: i found the gallery/bed & breakfast while looking up a dutch artist that i love (gineke zikken – arg! they’re having a exhibition of her new work the week after i leave), and it was the only place i really wanted to stay for my next trip. i emailed the gallery over the holidays, and apparently each time they’ve tried to contact me, the email bounced back. (which is weird – spam-like email is generally corralled into a spam folder, but delivery shouldn’t be refused.) they finally gave up on email and called me last week to let me know the dates i wanted to stay there were available (good thing i had a phone number in the signature of the email!).
artacasa is a gallery in the plantage neighborhood, away from the tourist areas (red light district, coffee shops), but in the same area that shane and i stayed in last year. the bed & breakfast is a one bedroom apartment, about a 20 minute walk from the train station, and steps away from the amstel river. the price per night is slightly less than i paid for a very sad hotel room last year, and having a kitchen will be nice and may help curb food expenditures. plus, i can pick artwork from the gallery to have on the walls of the apartment!
now i am able to fully appreciate all the recent hours of freelance work that sometimes drives me crazy after a full day at the office… and i should probably stop complaining about my day job, since i am very fortunate to be able to take a week off and to pay for travel to another continent…
photo credit: artacasa