Anarchy in Amsterdam.

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I love the red sofas and wall in this squat. Actually, I love almost everything about this squat. Coincidentally, it is also the first squat I’ve ever been to, or stayed in. Permit me the childlike excitement, but this place is just so cooool. A large house in Amsterdam that was taken over when the original owner had to go undercover abroad, this squat has been running for over ten years. Nine people live here permanently and the sofas in the living room as well as the especially designated guest room are constantly occupied. Everything is covered in edgy posters, art work, and left-wing propaganda.

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I always imagined the living conditions in squats as much more basic, but apart from the occasional bit of dirt or homemade piece of furniture, this just looks like a place in which people have had the chance to live and be creative. Seems like this is what “owning a space” is about. The kitchen cupboards are comfortably filled with organic staple foods and most things are communal, working on the trust that everyone will contribute.

Too bad that the Alternative Travel Gathering that put me up here in Amsterdam keeps me too occupied to write more. In some future time or parrallel universe, more stories will follow!

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