Eclectic. That’s the best word I can find to begin to sum up Amsterdam’s vibe. Yes all the eclectic cliches are true – prostitutes in red-lit windows, weed everywhere, joints everywhere, “magic buddha mushrooms” everywhere – but so were the charming cliches. Amsterdam was one of the most bicycle friendly cities I’ve ever seen, the canals are engineering marvels woven into the very structure of the city, the hilariously tilted townhouses, and oh gosh – the sheer breadth of Van Goghs and Rembrandts. My favorite experiences in Amsterdam were mostly all visual (interwoven with some pretty damn good Dutch pancakes) so perhaps pictures would be better informants.
We armsterdarm shameless, freezing tourists awaiting our night canal tour.
See what I mean about the bikes?
Note the houses toppling over the street, the shrooms shop, and the generous bike lane. If it looks like all we did in Amsterdam was walk around and being cold, that’s not so far from the truth. If you’re going to Amsterdam, buy all your tickets online to avoid the two hour lines. Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank’s House were both completely worth it though.
I strongly believe you can only really know a culture if you try some of their traditional foods. This was our massive Dutch pancake, or pannekoek. Less traditional ingredients of pineapple, bacon, and cheese but just as delicious.
Dutch split pea soup and smoked sausage served with katenspeck (Dutch bacon) on rye bread. Also known as snert.
But of course.