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Saturday
Nov152014

Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM. Such a beautiful city.

I had the fortune to visit this past week, to speak at the first ever DSGNDAY conference and Amsterdam UX. Because of good friends, I also enjoyed several informal sketchnote meetups that were great fun.

I walked everywhere, and one day I managed to log 22,000+ steps, beating my old record in NYC. I ate delicious Dutch treats, and enjoyed tasty coffees and spent time with warm, wonderful friends. It was brilliant.

Here's a selection of photos I shot to tell the story in images:

Sunday, November 9th

Flight to chicago

Flying to Amsterdam.

Hotel door view

View from the front door of Hotel Estheréa, near the canal in Amsterdam.

Alley pannekoecken

A Pannekoecken shop in one of Amsterdam's narrow alleyways.

Bw square

Near the royal palace in Central Amsterdam.

Travelogue journal 1

Starting my Amsterdam sketchnote travelogue.

1890 bike

Lovely mural and a Dutch bike.

Hotel view

View from my hotel room, Hotel Estheréa.

Hotel view morning

Hotel room view of the canal and Singel (canal street) below.

Canal night

Canal at night.

Sketchnote greek coffee

Cappuccino, greek yogurt with honey and walnuts, while I add to my travelogue.

Sketchnotes 1

Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 1 & 2. Vocabulary came in handy!

Sketchnotes 2

Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 3 & 4. Trying traditional Dutch foods.

Sketchnotes 3

Sketchnote Travelogue; Pages 5 & 6. Canals and coffees.

Corner spot

View from Broodje Bert, a people-watching and breakfast eating corner spot.

Monday, November 10th

Uitsmijter

Uitsmijter & cappuccino for breakfast. Eggs and cheese over bread with a salad!

Lunch sketchnoters

Met Jasper, Laurens, Jay and Jacqueline (not pictured) for a Sketchnote Meetup at Grand Cafe l'Opera. We had a fantastic time sharing experiences, coffees and lunch.

Red shutters

Beautiful red shutters in Amsterdam.

Colorful street

Colorfully painted street.

Faces street

Grafitti Art.

Coffee sketchnoters 2

In the afternoon, I met my other friends Inge and Tamara for an afternoon coffee and another informal Sketchnote Meetup at REE7 on Reestraat.

Sketchnotes amsterdam

Sketchnote travelogue in process, with its creator!

Mike jay

My buddy Jay, who helped me get to Amsterdam UX after the Sketchnote Meetups. Awesome dude and a great sketchnoter too.

Dutch minivan

Dutch Minivan.

Making cups

We visited Pepper Mango, a coffee and chocolate shop of a friend Tamara and Inge knew, enjoyed some coffee and treats and started a new movement - decorating blank coffee cups in a #cuppatition! (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)

Me cuppas

Shop owner keeping an eye on me! #cuppatition. (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)

Cuppetition

Cup closeups from my entry in the #cuppatition.

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Cup closeups from all entries in the #cuppatition. (Photo: Inge de Fluiter)

Canal tower

Canal and tower at night as we walked to the venue for Amsterdam UX.

AmsterdamUX

Speaking to a crowd of about 60 at Amsterdam UX Meetup. What a fantastic time sharing with this group of Dutch Users. Thanks David, Tatiana and my friends at Publitas.com HQ!

Tuesday, November 11th

Dutch afternoon

On the way to Compagnietheater for DSGNDAY. Stephen led us through the back streets of Amsterdam to get to the venue early.

Dsgnday stage

My view from the stage, speaking at DSGNDAY on sketchnoting. What fun!

Dsgnday frontrow

Close view of me speaking and drawing faces, Austin Kleon style!

Dsgnday highup

Photo of me speaking from up in the back row.

Treehouse zeger

An idea sketchnote from Zeger Van Hese, created during the exercise we did at the end of my talk. So cool!

Last night amsterdam

Last night in Amsterdam.

Thank you for a fantastic experience Amsterdam. I can't wait to visit again.

Tot ziens!

Flickr: Amsterdam Photo Set
Flickr: DSGNDAY Sketchnotes