den haag

The Hague reminds us of the United Nations
coz it’s home to the International Court of Justice
But we enjoyed a couple of hours layover in this city
and walked around with our backpacks exploring den haag.


We walked past so many cafe’s
but most were already closed because it was already late
(but it is still light outside because European summers are the longest:)
it only got dark after twenty-three hours the whole time we were there…

We also walked through the Chinatown gate
and shared a joke about how there were Chinese
in den haag because they prefer sky scrapers to cities without

The city looked vibrant
as we walked past sculptures and
street art that gave its distinct character


hortus botanicus leiden

Leiden University was established in 1575.
So in 1587, they asked permission from the mayor of Leiden
to establish the hortus academics, which was granted in 1590.

This is one of the oldest gardens in the world
with collection of plants from different sources
including the famous Dutch East India Company…

The garden is beautiful and you can sit and
admire the beautiful flowers or beautiful boat houses
across the canal…




out and about leiden city

molen de valk or the windmill museum is a must visit.
even if you don’t get to enter inside, jus seeing the mill is worth the sight.

leiden market is open on wednesdays and saturdays along the canal.
there are varieties of stalls with food, flowers, fruits and everything in between.
we bought some local food (didn’t know what it was called) and we ended up sitting by the canal; eating and watching people enjoy the sun and the boat)

it was so interesting watching people on their boats
‘coz apparently boats are like a status symbol
(there will be a separate post for boat life)
you own a boat if you are a rich person:)

bookshop‘s are always fun to visit.
this one had a good collection but
but we just browsed here…

outdoor cafes are just so inviting.
each has its nice own decor and charm

leiden city hall was damaged in a fire in 1929,
the facade is all that remains of its original construction.

leiden is also known as city of keys
and one can notice the key motif
in various corners of the city

souvenir shops cannot be ignored
because that’s where we’ll find
the infamous dutch clogs.

poetry on the wall
is a wonderful treasure
poems by various poets
in different languages are
find their voices in leiden walls


l e i d e n

it was about 9:15am
when we started for leiden.leiwe were too early to check into ibis
so put our luggage and walked around

leiden seemed to be a
very bicycle friendly city

the weather was windy
and the buildings looked like
it had withstood time and space 😉

the houses in the neighbourhood
looked neat, organised and very pretty

finally we grabbed our first “meal”
before headin back to the hotel to check-in
at this cafe with a panoramic photo of leiden
the best part: they sold everything for just one euro.

do you amsterdam

ams0i had only been to amsterdam airport before.
so getting out of schiphol and exploring was fun.

first things first, one should catch a train
from the airport and head to amsterdam central.

while i didn’t do the typical “amsterdam” shtuff
(also because the city was towards the end of the trip)
here are a few “typical” amsterdam images for all to see.

apparently, “herring” is a must
so we ate some and licked our fingers.

there are tons of museums for art lovers
we made it only to the nieuwe kerk -new church
for the premiere exhibition of World Press Photo 2018

we managed to walk past Rijksmuseum
and saw some outdoor art installation like this one below
“self portrait of a dreamer” which wasn’t very original (i thought)

we also sat and enjoyed hot dogs in front of the Van Gogh museum
and while we did not have the energy to enter this museum
it was nice to chill and catch up with friends in the green lawn .

amsterdam also has canals, boats and bicycles
and while i was not too drawn to take photographs
of these amsterdam-y things, visiting the city has given me
a chance to respond yes i do amsterdam for the question “do you amsterdam”

World Press Photo 2018

It was our lucky day.
The Nieuwe Kerk at Dam Square was hosting
the World Premiere Exhibition of World Press Photo 2018.
I knew I wanted to go although my friends were not too keen
but I managed to convince them and it is one of the highlights of my time in Amsterdam..

The best of photojournalism was housed in one grand church built in 15th century.

World Press Photo Foundation is headquartered in Amsterdam and has been promoting visual story telling connecting the world with stories that matter.
They had provided these free audio tours which guided the people about the pictures and its background making it more powerful as we moved from one photograph to another.

The fact that it was held in this historic building made it all the more grand and the photographs came alive in one form or the other.

I specifically liked the photographs of Kadir van Lohuizen titled “Wasteland” where he documented how different societies manage waste. I liked the part where the audio guide mentioned how the Nigerian waste would not smell because they actually do not throw food and it is the food waste that stinks the most.

While going through the wall of the photographs since 1955, few of them are the iconic images that have remained in our mind. I remember Life magazine at our house back in the day and was introduced to some of these photographs then.


What an exhibit I tell ya…
and I am glad I got to see it.wpp201814