There are many awesome things about Amsterdam. And if it’s a sunny long weekend, while you’re there for your anniversary and you’re staying in a funky modern hotel (Lloyd Hotel) a short canalside cycle from downtown, well so much the better.

Plus morning coffee and reading, afternoon bagels, a Late Nite Improv show with the gang at Boom!, and guest appearances from the Shortcut Kid, and Roman Dario, Amsterdam was showing just how awesome she is. I love this city.

But what really gets me about the canaled city on the IJ is the cakefighting.

Every long weekend, at every corner, there’s people – brightly coloured, smiling people – smashing cake in each other’s faces. Bountiful sweet cakey pastry. And dressed up, dressed down, old, young, wearing a bathing cap or wearing a cape, these people have the genuine joie de vivre that can only come from frequent joyous cakefighting.

Bless this mess.