20 Sep 2008
Amsterdam is a beautiful city. The beauty stems from its many canals that criss-cross this quiet capital of the Netherlands. This is also why Amsterdam is often referred to as "Venice of the North."
The people are tall, bonde, and almost everyone speaks English. You will be hard pressed to find a friendlier population in all of Europe.
Amsterdam is a great walking town, and a shoppers paradise. Enjoy the various neighborhoods, especially the romanticized Jordan districts and its chique Nine Streets (which house shops you will find nowhere else).
Amsterdam is also loaded with museums. Two must-sees are the Van Gogh Museum, and the Anne Frank House.
The city seems to have more than its fair share of young (almost hippie-like) people. This can be attributed to Holland's long liberal tradition that makes soft drugs legal and easily accessible. To most Americans, it is amazing to see how truly ordered the Dutch society is given its many freedoms.
Also not to miss is the Red Light district, Amsterdam's prostitution mecca, where girls are on display in windows like living mannequins. It is the real deal and quite a tourist attraction. They have somebody for everybody.
All that being said, where else but Amsterdam would you find a giant sculpture of well defined male genetilia?