Despite its less-than-stellar reputation, Amsterdam is a beautiful, Dutch-colonial city (though if you closed your eyes, it would sound more like America, with the amount of English spoken).
Though Dutch is similar to German, it’s a light-hearted language; bubbly, almost, when spoken by the jovial Dutch. Quite a change from standard German. And if you’ve never been to Amsterdam, here’s your chance:
Queue to the Anne Frank Haus is already spilling out of the building. (#typical)
There’s a reason why Amsterdam is one of the bike-friendliest cities in the world.
A bird pooped on me. (Well, I can cross that one off the bucketlist…)
Even Amsterdam has protests.
The best hour of my day. No more bird poop AND hot chocolate.
A little real-estate shopping (Do you think black’s my color? Kidding.).
A little cheese sampling at a gourmet cheese shop.
Magere Brug, or Skinny Bridge.
Legend has it that two wealthy sisters lived on opposite sides of the canal and built the bridge so they could visit each other. However, they weren’t wealthy enough, so the bridge was narrower than usual, hence “skinny.”
Quest to find a stroopwafel: a cinnamon-y syrup sandwiched by two thin, crispy waffels.
Just a friendly game of life-size chess.
Walk along the Jordaan canal.
Please enjoy this picture of a duck in Vondelpark instead.
Amsterdam in 24 hours; there you have it. (You’re just missing another 24, that’s all. “Amsterdam in 48 Hours” just doesn’t have the same ring.)
Have you been to Amsterdam?