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The Team

Arjen Koopman (chief editor, 1974) has visited Amsterdam since age 13 and has lived and worked in the city for 6 years. Among his occupations are journalism and internet projects. He likes spending lazy afternoons with newspapers in Amsterdam's grand cafes (Danzig and De Jaren), visiting art and history museums (the Rijksmuseum and Scheepvaartmuseum), eating out (special tip: the Malaysian restaurants in the Nieuwmarkt area), and browsing book shops (his favorites are Scheltema and De Slegte). Here's more about Arjen's favorite things to do in Amsterdam.

Declan Aylward (1982) fell in love with Amsterdam the first time he passed through it while backpacking across Europe in 2005. Since then, this Irish national has made the city his home. An experienced travel writer with a background in branding and agency-based copywriting, Declan's nerdy side finds expression in Amsterdam's comic stores and bookshops while punk bars like The Minds on Spuistraat and Café Soundgarden on Marnixstraat let him blow of steam in superhero style. Find out the details of Declan's favorite things to do in Amsterdam.

Georgeta Gheorghe (1982) first visited Amsterdam while traveling from Berlin on her way to Rome in 2006. After saying goodbye to Rome, this Romanian national decided the city with the beautiful canals would be her new home, and enrolled at the University of Amsterdam. Despite the spell Amsterdam has cast over her, she is not yet used to spending too much time in one place. That's why making the best out of what Amsterdam has to offer everyday has become a way of life. Curious about Georgeta's favorite things to do in Amsterdam?

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