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They don’t do soirées like they used to …

March 13th, 2011

Filed under: LIFESTYLE

They do them better.

iamexpat's first soirée since launching only 15 months ago

At the inaugural iamexpat soirée at one of Amsterdam’s many obscure restaurants/ exhibition spaces/ cosy spots for encounters – Canvas on the 7th – the atmosphere was warm. In fact this month I’d been planning to write mostly about spring, but this evening had something decidedly of summer about it. I felt like I was on holiday perhaps – murmurings of Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Greek, German and Italian were to be heard at every turn (plus continental and native accented English), and Amsterdam’s international, expat core was to be seen milling about: all dressed up with somewhere to go. Members of the expat network in question, iamexpat, were busy taking photographs or were in the act of hob-nobbing, connecting people or even providing the entertainment and culture. Oiled by the beats of Italian DJ Agnese Roda and with visual stimuli provided by the various artworks on the walls and windows in the space, it was a pleasure to flump down on a Chesterfield sofa and strike up a convo, in real life. Like, meet people like Massimo from Italy, who when he’s not in his office at Tom Tom, does amazing things like walking from Amsterdam to someplace in Brittany, France, over a four-month period, meeting people all along the way and by-the by, improving his French. Inspiring.

Summer begins early out on the terrace at Canvas on the 7th

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