The third part of my journey took me to Rotterdam. It was my third time there so I knew my way around. I arrived at Rotterdam Centraal and first stopped at Lebkov for some coffee and charging my laptop and phone. When I had a full battery I went over to Hopper, where Tupalo once threw its launch-party.
There I met Moniek, our community manager for this awesome city. To get some lunch we went to NRC – the pasta there is great. Moniek wanted to check out a new vintage clothing store called Dearhunter, so we went over there. If you are into vintage stuff, go there! They have pretty nice stuff. Even I considered getting a new shirt…
To drop off my stuff I met with my Airbnb-host, “Roderick”, and the previous tennant “Barrett”. We had a few beers at Proeflokaal Reijngoud, dropped of Barrett at his new host and my stuff at Roderick’s place.
After a while of settling in I headed over to Moniek’s place to help her get the stuff she had bought at IKEA upstairs.
My plans for the next day included going to Hopper for breakfast and meeting Moniek at NAi for the Archiwalk. At NAi we bumped into Barret, who then accompanied us on our scavenger hunt around the Nederlands Architecture Institute. When Moniek had to go back to welcome the Instagrammers, Barret and I decided to walk through Museumpark to Kunsthal and have a drink there. Since we are both a bit into Rotterdam and I knew a few things Barret would like, I dragged him around the city for a bit and we ended up at Paddy Murphy’s, an irish pub around the corner of the Beurs World Trade Center.
At seven I was invited for dinner at Moniek’s place and met up with Barret again at Rotown at around nine. I love Rotown! After a while Roderick joined us as well. Those two… I was not even finished with my beer when we decided to move on to Paddy Murphy’s again for live music. When the live music was over, Roderick and Barret were bored. So, we went to De Witte Aap on Witte de Withstraat, one of Rotterdam’s busiest streets at night. The night was almost over and De Witte Aap had started to empty and we also started our way home and made a stop at Bootleg. You have to be in the right mood for Bootleg. I was in the right mood and they played some nice dubstep there and the people there were very, very uniqe. When I stepped outside, the sun had already risen. I knew it was time to go home…
My last two days I spent most of my time at Vroesenpark, because there was a small festival called “Duizel in het park” going on. A very nice and intimate festival for everyone. Sunday was my last day of vacation and my last day in Rotterdam.
It meant going back to Vienna, back to real life.