Elliot Jay Stocks is a designer, speaker, and author. He is the Creative Director of Adobe Typekit, the founder of typography magazine 8 Faces, one half of Viewport Industries, and an electronic musician.

Aboard the ship surreal

Posted on 22 May 2006 5 comments

Although I realise that I’ve given almost nothing away about our trip to Brussels, the long and short of it – for now – is that it was an amazing experience. We had a fantastic time and completely fell in love with the city and its beautiful architecture, its incredibly laaid-back atmosphere, and above all, its incredibly nice people.

Right now, we’re on a ship in Amsterdam. It’s a hostel, but a ship. The wind outside is blowing us about and apparently we’re in for a storm so things could get interesting. Not that they’re not already interesting – this place is the absolute polar opposite of the clean, modern, tidy hostel in Brussels; here, a mad captain is in charge and everything is from an age long gone. There are no locks on the door and the waterworks are almost completely gone, but this is certainly an experience.

Amsterdam itself is not that great. Admittedly the weather’s been awful and that’s thrown more than a slight damper over things, but it seems vastly overrated. It’s a grey city greatly resembling a huge building site,but this very strange boat is something of a saving grace.


  1. Josh


    23 November 2006 @ 10:43PM #

    elliot man, Amsterdam is a nice place.

    go to the Van Gogh Museum. it’s good there.

    go to STEIM, www.steim.nl, it’s the biggest centre of excellence for music technology and innovation in Europe.

    take a boat trip on the canals, that’s quite nice like.

    knowing your Rastafarian tendencies, pre recent “Hat Removal” image rebrand, stay clear of the coffee shops innit. give you the fear, that will.


  2. Francis


    23 November 2006 @ 10:44PM #

    The red light district is not overrated! There were some really attractive girls in those windows when I was out there. For a moment it nearly made me question my whiter-than-white morality stance with regards to such matters.

    Only for a moment tho – honest!

  3. Matt


    23 November 2006 @ 10:44PM #

    Hey guys! Glad to hear you are having a good time… I hope the weather improved a tad… Hopefully you got to see another city other than Amsterdam in NL… Looking forward to more updates.

  4. Alice


    23 November 2006 @ 10:45PM #

    I hope you have lots of photies of your retro ship experience.. actually I’m just going to look now xxx

  5. Nick & Sue

    Nick & Sue

    23 November 2006 @ 10:45PM #

    Hey Matt, nice to see your name popping up in this most auspicious of meeting places! Hope you didn’t get wet feet the other week when the Ouze oozed it’s way out onto the streets of York.

    Hope things are good for you there. Recently I’ve been very much into an NL based metal group called Moonsorrow (sure you’ve heard of them!). Their stuff is quite varied but it’s Verisakeet which I really play a lot.

    Take care,
    Love, Nick

    PS: Sam/Elliott, bet Snugburys look pretty naff now after the ice creams you’ve been sampling in Hungary!!!

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