News from Home!

So you’re having a nice time in Amsterdam, but what’s happening at home? Did a cyclone hit your home town, who won the elections and did your favourite team win the national title? Okay admit it, you’re a little bit homesick. Luckily a medicine is around the corner: in the newspaper shop, a cyber cafe or in the telephone boot. But where are they?

Newspapers

In the centre most newspaper shops have a selection of American, British and German newspapers. The best shops, where they also sell French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic newspapers, are:

  • Athenaeum, Newscentrum, Spui 14 – 16
  • Scheltema, Rokin 9
  • The American Bookstore, Spui 12
  • In cafe De Jaren, Nieuwe Doelenstraat 20, they’ve got a good selection of papers and magazines at their reading table.

Television

On the telly in your hotel room you will find the following channels: CNN, BBC 1 and 2, ARD, ZDF, TV5, VRT, Canvas, TRT and MBC. And of course lots of channels with movies, cartoons etc. But hey, this is the news sections.

E-mail

Cyberspace has also extended to Amsterdam, so you’ll have no problem to check your e-mail. Wifi will/should be a free service in many cafe’s, hotels and restaurants. Even some trains and bussen have free internet.

Telephone

When you want to call your mother to wish her happy birthday: dial double zero, your country code, the area code without the zero at the beginning and then her telephone number. Nowadays it’s difficult to find a telephone booth. The few exceptions are at the Central Station, where a rival company (Telfort) has booths which accepts coins.