Xavier Rudd at Masssilo

It’s 4pm on Friday 2nd of August. I’m in Rotterdam the Netherlands enroute to a gig at Maassilo.

Maassilo, one of the most spectacular club venues in the Netherlands, is the place to go for a great night out and an innovative mix of dance, pop, art and theatre.

All kinds of different dance programmes regularly take place here, presented by various party organisers.

Maassilo’s patronage consists of different cultures and sub-cultures who represent the core of the trendy international club scene.

Xavier Rudd is playing here tonight. I started listening to his music about two months ago and when I found out he was playing tonight I set the intention to be here and achieved the goal of seeing him play live.

Xavier Rudd (born 29 May 1978) is an Australian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

Several of Rudd’s songs incorporate socially conscious themes, such as spirituality, humanity, environmentalism and the rights of Indigenous Australians.

I’m really excited about the gig. It’s been on my bucket list to travel abroad and go to the gig of an artist I love.

I’m staying in the Art Hotel which is mega funky. I have a room / mini apartment which is perfect.

I flew into Amsterdam last night, staying at the Ibis hotel near the airport. It’s a very busy hotel. Clean, tidy and perfect for what I needed.

It even had a burger bar on the 2nd floor. The burgers taste as good as they look.


I had a good sleep and got the train into Amsterdam central then went for a wander in the city looking at the amazing architecture and getting a feel for the vibe.

I went to the Oude Kerk (Old Church), Amsterdam’s oldest building and oldest parish church, founded circa 1213 and consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint.

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The church was huge and interesting enough they have an audio guide and it was good to get an education as I wondered around in awe of its size and history I thought about the people who built it and the no doubt many hundreds of thousands of people who’ve been in this church to worship and those who’ve experienced it as a tourist.

I then went for a beer and walked around the canals. The strong smell of weed tickled my nose. The laws in Amsterdam are very laid back.

Hungry, I went for a pizza at the original New York Pizza Company it was tasty. Round the corner from the pizza place was a luxury chocolate boutique… I’m thinking “does this day get any better” ?

Next up I jumped on a canal tour which was again enjoyable and educational, hearing about the history of the canals within Amsterdam and taking in the Architecture was interesting.

Canal tour

I’ve never been away or done and touristy type stuff on my own. It was fun.

Time for a quick workout in the hotel room using the Bas Ruten workout app on iTunes then it’s dinner time, the gig and a few beers.

Until the next time “Strength for Life”,


Davie McConnachie

Davie McConnachie, creator of DMC Fitness and Dynamic Mind Conditioning, is an expert health and wellness coach, multi-award winning motivational speaker, award-winning gym owner, writer, and published poet.

Athletically, Davie has competed nationally in MMA, Boxing, and Thai Boxing, and internationally in kettlebell sport. Davie enjoyed the London Marathon, several half marathons and is a regular mountain trekker.