First Trip to Rotterdam
Yesterday I had the chance to visit the city of Rotterdam for the first time. To be honest, the reputation of the city is a bit of a mixed one for me; some of my friends loved it, and some didn't. Additionally, I keep on hearing about the bad things happening in Rotterdam, what with the high crime rate and murders (gasp!).
Anyways, I decided to give it a chance and go see the city myself. I met up with some friends and the moment that I walked out the station, I was greeted by tons of high-rise buildings, a Chinese restaurant and a Vietnamese restaurant on the other side. My friend also told me Rotterdam has the most culturally diverse population in the Netherlands, and immediately I became high-spirited. It was heartwarming to see so many kinds of people hustlin' and bustlin' in the city of Rotterdam.
During our visit, I got to see the Cube Houses in Overblaak, or known as kubuswoningen in Dutch. I spent a good 15 minutes with my friends just observing the outside architecture, and it was striking and very curious. The architecture was very edgy and inviting, and we contemplated on what was it like inside? We looked up for a good 2 minutes until my head hurts so we left :)
The next destination was the Market Hall across the street from the houses. I was really impressed with the architecture to begin with, and was even more impressed when I went inside. The diversity of the products and food people sold made me really happy; and the giant Asian supermarket was a huge plus.
We spent the rest of the day getting my fix for bubble tea, ramen and other Asian delicacies you can't really get in smaller Dutch cities. Overall, this was a super interesting city to visit, but this wouldn't be my first choice of place to live. I'll be back, Rotterdam!