It was not my first visit to Amsterdam, I was here before and I loved it. I always wanted to come back and I know this is not my last time in this amazing city.
I would call Amsterdam the city of contrasts – it is very romantic and cozy because of the canals, narrow streets and cute old unique houses and at the same time depraved with naked girls popping out of the windows offering their bodies and pleasure for money.
Amsterdam has numerous churches and at the same time it is the only place in Europe where you are allowed by law to smoke weed in designated places called “Coffee Shops”. No matter what you think or have heard about Amsterdam – you can’t argue that this city is an absolute must see! Amsterdam is fun!
I was surprised how many bicycles were there in Amsterdam. It seems that the whole city rides bicycles. I think that I have only one picture from the whole trip without a bicycle entering the picture and this was just because I was capturing pedestrian street with no cyclists allowed. Other than that there are hundreds of them, you need to watch out not for crazy car drivers, but rather for cyclists, because they have no fear and mercy for pedestrians. God forbid to stay in their way and confuse their lane with pavement, you will be yelled at and even could end up injured. I think the first thing you need to keep in mind is watch out for cyclists! If you get it right, you will be able to enjoy this amazing city without consequences.
Everywhere you go in Amsterdam, you will find a thing to smile about (and it is not an effect of the weed, I hope). Where else in the world you will find “xxx” sign on almost all city things? I mean on city clocks, lamps, garbage bins, on the pavement, on the flag, just everywhere you will look, you will see XXX. And there is a reason for this, of course. It is because “xxx” is the city’s official symbol that was chosen 500 years ago. And no, it doesn’t mean what you think. Three X represent three crosses which are St. Andrew’s crosses, named after the apostle St. Andrew who is said to have been martyred on such a cross.
Holland is also known for their flowers. I was in awe when I was walking through flower market. I wanted to buy everything and at once, but I knew I will not be able to take them with me on board of the plane. But I have found out that they will be glad to send me any bulb I want, so I am thinking about planting my balcony with cute tulips next spring, it will be so beautiful.
Amsterdam is definitely fun! Enter any shop where they sell souvenirs and just laugh out loud on the things you will never get anywhere in the world like candies with hash, salt and pepper shakers in the shape of penis and etc.
Look at the girls in the windows, they are so different and trying hard to grab attention of the potential clients. Enter one of the numerous Sex Shops which here are full of people, so you will not be ashamed to go there all alone. Like I entered one of such shop specialized in new technology, expensive models of dildos. The shop itself was bright and white, just like an Apple Store. People there were walking around and looking at the newest designs and inventions with serious faces. It was so funny. And of course if nothing of the above made you smile, go to the coffee shop or visit Sex Museum or Hash Museum, where else in this world you will be able to mix culture with pleasure?!
I would love to come to Amsterdam again and again. In this city you will never be bored. I would also recommend this city for hen and bachelor’s parties; Amsterdam is just made for fun and sinful pleasures (for those who are looking for them anyway).
Oh, and one more thing. In case you decide to visit Amsterdam, I would really advice you to go there during summer months, because it was freezing in November. I needed to run from one coffee spot (not be confused with coffee shops!) to another, because I was not used to cold after Spain. The good thing is that I have found a really good place for coffee called Coffee Company. I loved their coffee even better than Starbucks.
And I also found great place for sushi called Zushi! Sushi at this place were just AMAZING!! When I will be next time in Amsterdam I will go there for sure. Or, maybe I was just very hungry and cold, but anyway, sushi were good!
Also, if you will visit Amsterdam in summer you will be able to enjoy a boat ride on the beautiful canals. This definitely must do while in Amsterdam. I was not taking a boat ride this time, because as I said it was freezing, but I enjoyed it during my previous visit and it was unforgettable! And yes, the pictures are much cooler than taken during sunny day.
So, this is my little story about my visit to Amsterdam. Have you been there? Maybe you can share your own experience with this city? I would love to hear from you!
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