Back in SG and glad to be back. Out of 2 weeks that I was there most days were cloudy/rainy +Cold. Only 2 days were Sunny +Cold. Sunny+Cold is still okay but cloudy/rainy+Cold is terrible. Its kind of weird for someone like me who goes to cold climate. I always thought, sunny means hot. It was like bright sunlight and yet shivering cold for the 2 days. Also when it rains, the temperature, actually rises, it becomes like 7 degrees instead of 2 degrees when it is sunny, but still when it rains, it feels miserable.
If I live there alone, I will very soon become an alcoholic, work gets over at 5PM. What to do when its cold and rainy outside, other than just drink at home.
Other than the weather, I liked Amsterdam. The people, work culture and the professionalism all nice.
People start their day at 8 and end at 5. They need to work only 36 hrs a week. So most of them somehow squeeze 9 hr days and take 3 days off a week! But people are really good at what they do, I am talking about IT.
Dutch is the official language and everyone speaks dutch. Most people know how to speak English and they will speak with you in English when they find out that you dont know dutch. Basically you can survive there without learning dutch if you are there for a short period of time. But if you are there for any longer duration, I cant imagine how you can get away from learning dutch. You will have to learn it to integrate or you will be an outsider. The whites, Indonesians, blacks, chinese and Indians, everyone speaks dutch.
Priceswise I was pleasantly surprised. I was under the assumption that food will be expensive. You can easily have lunch for 5 Euros, including Asian food of generous portions. I was never able to finish the food, whether sandwiches, pizza, noodles or fried rice. The quantity was always atleast double of what I would normally have.
There was free wifi almost everywhere! My hotel room had it, my office had a free guest wifi and most restaurants/shopping areas have free wifi. Prepaid SIM card costs 20 Euros for 1GB data. Considering that I got free Wifi everywhere, I didnt bother to get a SIM card.