HOW TO GET AHEAD: WORKING ABROAD ... AMSTERDAM - From horizontal dining to all-day parties, here’s the low-down on the high life

Amsterdam can be as hectic as any major capital - or as relaxing as a village. ’The Dutch have a free and easy reputation which is not that accurate,’ says Andrew Knight, regional director of the International Herald Tribune, who has lived there for the past seven years. ’But Amsterdam has the advantage of being one of the few capital cities where you can dictate the pace of life.

Amsterdam can be as hectic as any major capital - or as relaxing as

a village. ’The Dutch have a free and easy reputation which is not that

accurate,’ says Andrew Knight, regional director of the International

Herald Tribune, who has lived there for the past seven years. ’But

Amsterdam has the advantage of being one of the few capital cities where

you can dictate the pace of life.



’A whole host of global companies such as Canon, Nissan, Mitsubishi and

Nike - to name but a few - have chosen this city for their European

headquarters. It’s easy to see why, as communications are so good. Where

else can you can get from city centre to departure gate within 20

minutes?



’The Dutch can be very direct, sometimes more than you might want. But

they are very warm, honest and loyal, in business and socially.’ And

Amsterdam has plenty to offer socially. ’The Supper Club, where you dine

lying on beds like something out of a Peter Greenaway film, is

wonderful. So are the traditional ’brown bars’. There’s excellent

Indonesian and Japanese food. The Dutch have their own version of the

latter: raw herring. The best can be found at Altena Zeebanquet, a

herring stall near the Rijksmuseum.



’Every year on 30 April we celebrate Queen Beatrix’s birthday with

gusto. A wild party goes on for over 36 hours. It’s one of Europe’s best

kept secrets.’



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