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Pig eZine -The Newsletters of The Pig Amsterdam 2011

Things to do in Amsterdam- The Flying Pig Hostels Amsterdam eZine

By reading our Amsterdam eZine you get to know Amsterdam better. Read about the In's and Outs of Amsterdam. Every six weeks we provide you with news about Amsterdam and The Pig. There is info on lots of cool and interesting places to visit and stories to be read from other backpackers.


Our current ezine: ezine 43 - December 2011 / January 2012

In this eZine:

Getting Lost in Amsterdam

Matt SmithThere are many places in the world that are identical. Some are so indistinguishable from one another that they have no identity of their own. They leave no lasting impressions. Amsterdam is not one of those places.

It's so maroon from all those same colored bricks, and sometimes as dreary as any city could ever be. For me, it's like a mythical fairground that really doesn't exist on this planet. You have to travel to another dimension to get there. It's a place where the rules don't apply. Even time seems to move slower in Amsterdam. It's as if one single minute can stretch out as long you want it to. Night only comes when you get tired. Amsterdam is also a place that causes me to reevaluate how intelligent I think I am. That's mainly due to one thing - being constantly lost.



Some older articles from our Ezines

ezine 42 - October 2011 / November 2011

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The Secret Side of Amsterdam

Matt SmithEveryone’s chasing secrets. There are some things in this world though where the less you know about them, the more interesting they are. The mystique and allure would somehow be gone if you were to be given full disclosure on the subject at hand. Often times, the truth is much more disappointing than the idea you had in your head. Magic tricks are one of those things, and I expect another is something I encountered on the back of a sticker in Texas: “Titty Bingo.”

My brother and I were eating dinner at a local BBQ place and we had neared the end of our meal before we noticed. The napkin holder had been covered by a huge sticker announcing: "Titty Bingo."  I was intrigued. I’ve never heard of Titty Bingo and thus I knew nothing about it...


ezine 41 - September 2011 / October 2011

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A new Amsterdam?

Matt SmithAn Open Letter to Amsterdam,

I was recently informed that your City Council has decided to attempt a shift in the image of Amsterdam. The idea would be to change the current perception of the city, which is that of a mythical paradise to … well, to something else, which is already a bad idea no matter what that something else is.

First of all, I would like to express my surprise at the fact that Amsterdam has a city council, and that it is an actual city. I have long been under the impression that it was some sort of ongoing festival, a festival of indulgence and exploration much like Woodstock, but permanent. Sure, I’ve been there a few times and seen the stressed business men hurrying off to meetings and the construction workers digging in inconspicuous trenches, but I always assumed they were actors meant to give off the impression of a real governed city …

ezine 40 - July 2011 / August 2011

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Education on the streets of Amsterdam

Matt SmithFew people realise just exactly how much of an education you can receive in Amsterdam. Sure, there are the countless museums and historically significant buildings sprinkled beautifully around the city. Those are wonderful. Go see them. That's not the education I'm referring to though. What I'm talking about is an education earned the hard way… in the streets, and not through a recording pumped into your brain via headphones. Again, those are nice too, but irrelevant here. My last trip to Amsterdam consisted of three insightful lessons that the guidebook didn't tell me, but I sure wish it had.


ezine 39 - May 2011 / June 2011

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Going bi-lingual in Amsterdam

Matt SmithWhen it comes to Amsterdam, there are two things you are going to see a whole lot of, and I think you know what they are. Those two things are bicycles, and of course … consonants. Everywhere you look it’s as if vowels are an endangered species, being sighted less and less often in the wild. Sure, for a scrabble champion maybe the word: “angstschreeuw” is common knowledge, but it puts the rest of our tongues into a sailor’s knot. The Dutch language can seem formidable, but as with visiting any foreign country, it’s polite to at least attempt some common words and phrases.


ezine 38 - April 2011 / May 2011

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Cool iPhone and Android Apps for travelers

recordAn End to Pesky Translation Trouble: How to Understand the Language of the Natives
It's always been tough when you want to know something or when you try to put together a question in a country where you don't speak the language. For most European countries you can manage with basic English, but if you get stuck and frustrated, what then?

Well fear not because we have some good news for anyone who hits a language barrier and owns a smart phone. Google made a fantastic App for the iPhone and android phones, which can make your life a lot easier. Hell it can even improve your international love life. It's called Google Translate and even though the name isn’t all that original, we reviewed it and absolutely loved it.


ezine 37 - February 2011 / March 2011
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New Pig Map of Amsterdam with our Favourites

Pig map of AmsterdamAs much as we’d like to take you all by the hand to show you the coolest places that we always go to, we simply can't take all of you there on the front bars of our bikes! Instead we’ve compiled all our staff's favourite places in Amsterdam and put them on a map for you, arranged by category and staff member. This way you know which Piggy to look out for in that club or coffee shop!