I guess this might end up being one of those terribly irritating ex-pat blogs before too long.
For now, I'll just say I've been working in Amsterdam for a few days, putting together an exciting science idea. I can also tell you that I still love Albert Heijn. I can also inform you that the fashionable Amsterdam lady is wearing skinny jeans, big sunglasses and a smart blazer and is striding purposefully around in big heels or is wearing a colourful knee-length skirt that flutters prettily around her bicycling legs. There are, as Sartorialist readers know, many shawls and scarves.
My first useful Dutch phrases are "ik begrijp niets" and "alstublieft". The rest I'll pick up as I go.