Oh, Amsterdam. People have all sorts of crazy stories from Amsterdam.
Now I won’t sugarcoat anything. Amsterdam was a crazy trip.
It was also a one night trip and we weren’t truly able to experience everything that Amsterdam had to offer us. So we have every intention to go back to this wonderful canal city.
All the stories you have heard about Amsterdam is pretty true. There are “coffee shops” in every corner and there is a red light district with girls dancing around in the window and are quite a liberal city compared to the American conservatives.
And for those that don’t know, “Coffee Shops” are different from Cafe shops in the sense of you won’t really get coffee, but weed instead. So yes, marijuana is legal in Amsterdam and people buy and smoke it freely in Amsterdam. Granted you must stay within the confinement of the Coffee shop to enjoy your Mary Jane, but for all those wanting to legally smoke a joint, you are more than welcome to sit in a coffee shop and enjoy a puff of MaryJ to your pleasing.
Now that that’s out of the bag, on the other sense Amsterdam is truly a beautiful city. We experienced some rain while we were here so there were tons of umbrellas and gray skies. Also the city center, as soon as you got off Amsterdam Centraal is quite busy with construction. But I could still see the all the beauty that Amsterdam has to offer locals and tourist alike.
It can get crowded and bicycles are everywhere so be careful of where you walk and when you walk. They are vicious bicyclers out there. And they are almost as scary as those driving in Europe.
We didn’t really have a lot of time to spend in the city since our hotel was about 45 minutes away from the city town center and we were still recovering from our Paris trip and getting prepared for our next week in Italy. But from what we saw, Amsterdam is beautiful.
I wish we had more time in here, but that was my fault that we only had a night in Amsterdam. (Long story short, I accidentally booked our flight to Milan two days earlier than I meant to because I got too excited for the cheaper flight and I didn’t pay attention to the dates. And that’s how we ended up with less time in Paris and Amsterdam, but in the end it worked out just fine for we spent more time in Italy which was nice.)
So while Amsterdam was more of a trip to relax and be on trains and subways to get to and from our hotel to the Centraal station to the airport. From what we saw in Amsterdam and our rides, it is a beautiful city that I can’t wait to one day explore more of.
While this is the one city that I have less than 50 photos of, I still want to share with you all the beauty that Amsterdam has to offer people even if it’s for a brief moment.
PS. If there is a place that the local people are the kindest to lost tourists, like Alex and I. Amsterdam was truly the most willing to help even when we didn’t ask for it.
Een Prettige Dag! (Have a nice day!)