moving to amsterdam for work

Whatever your current job is, whether you're a pastry chef, advertising director, or occupational therapist, everyone has the same dream - to one day get transferred to Amsterdam.

Never mind the fact that the closest you've been to the Netherlands is Paris, or that you don't speak a word of Dutch; you know enough to know that living in Amsterdam would be awesome. The prospect of one day strolling through the Vondelpark on your way in to the office is in fact so enticing that you've been sticking it out for years at a job you more or less can't stand just because there's a 9% chance the firm will be opening a Dutch office office in 2019. Canals, tulips, the Heineken factory, legalized weed and prostitution, people on bikes everywhere - what more is there to know? Plus you're pretty sure that the Netherlands is one of those countries with free healthcare, so it's got that going for it too.

The problem with this plan is this: you should have started planning years in advance for the opening of an Amsterdam office, because the qualifications your boss is going to use to evaluate candidates is not whose lecherous lifestyle fits most closely in with the vice-filled portrait you've painted in your mind, it's, you know, actual quality of work. From the moment you get the inside tip from Nancy in HR that the satellite branch is a go, you have to 180 your slacker, Office Space style production in to that of a go-getter, self starter so that when you sit down with your boss the recency effect overwhelms the years you spent quickly minimizing ESPN and Gawker every time she walked by.

Around this time you also realize that turning around your own output might not be enough to put you over the edge, so you subtly try to find out who else is applying for roles and begin the process of coopting their places above you on the ladder. You can accomplish this in one of two ways: by sabotaging their chances through slowly taking credit for their work while your boss is none the wiser, or through capital "I" Inception, like convincing Derek that Dutch women don't like tall, super athletic, handsome blonde men because there are already so many in Scandinavia or by constantly mentioning to Sandy that if she already read Anne Frank's diary her house really isn't worth the long line.

Then one day, after months of subterfuge and advanced mental warfare, the kind for which your happy-go-lucky coworkers were woefully unprepared, you find your name at the bottom of the emailed list of people reassigned to the Amsterdam office. Everyone above you was listed alphabetically, but you were seemingly added on at the last minute, like the kid who only made Varsity because right before he hit Print the coach realized he needed one more player on the bench to field a full team. Doesn't matter, you're still going!

So when you show up to Amsterdam in September with nothing more than a rollaboard suitcase full of clothes and a backpack full of rolling papers, not having looked at weather this time of year once, this Navy AP Down Tee from Rocky Mountain Featherbed will be warm enough if it's cold and cool enough if it's hot. While you bounce from coworker's couch to coworker's couch for the next month as you try to figure out a place to live (who knew you were supposed to do that before you moved?) at least you'll have something to wear.


Price:  $289

Brand:  Rocky Mountain Featherbed

Store:  The Bureau Belfast

Why:  If we didn't care about readers' interests, there's a 50/50 chance every post on this site would be devoted to short sleeve heavyweight garments. There's something about putting on a short sleeve sweatshirt, fleece or, in this case, down jacket, while having your arms exposed that's equal parts warming and freeing. Your torso stays insulated while your arms are free for activities, like snow frisbee golf, or winter dog walks, or carrying way too many groceries upstairs at once because your building's elevator has been out for months and you'll be damned if you have to make two trips. This Down Tee from Rocky Mountain Featherbed has a 90/10 down fill ratio (the 10 is the percent feathers, so lower = warmer) and is made in Japan, so it'll last for many Dutch autumns and winters to come.