For me, the question is always how not to live in a state of permanent infatuation with this city. Could it have something to do with the fact that I haven’t lived here my entire life? Do natives get used to this? Can anyone possibly take this little paradise for granted, I wonder? It’s not only because of how breathtaking a landscape it is but also because of how privileged we are for living here, from an economic point of view to personal freedom and safety. I didn’t have *all this* where I come from. Sure, I come from a beautiful land with a very rich culture and soulful people (which I’m proud of), but back there I didn’t feel this safe or respected, I didn’t have all these opportunities, so I can’t help but to be deeply grateful. I wish there were more Amsterdams in this world.