I had no idea what to expect from Amsterdam as far as the people and culture went.
All I really had to associate it with were
1. Legal marijuana
and 2. Legal prostitution/Red Light District
Oh, and tulips.
The architecture and canals were quite charming, and the cheese was outstanding. The tulips certainly did not disappoint.
Our last day was spent with zero plans or intentions of things to see, so we simply wandered. This turned out to be one of my favorite days of the trip.
We happened upon a farmers market, a GIANT flower market, and a Christmas market. I also found a cheese shop where I purchased authentic Gouda and sampled about 5 million different types of cheeses. Heaven.
When hunger struck, we picked out random cafes that seemed cute and were always happy with our meals.
I just couldn't get past the "pot culture" and the things I saw in the Red Light District. I'm an incredibly open minded person, but this was just beyond what I've ever seen. I know these two things do not embody the whole spirit of the city, but it seemed to be around every corner.
Should I return to The Netherlands one day, I'd be most interested in seeing other cities like Rotterdam and The Hague.
And most importantly....WINDMILLS!
Ok, sorry for the diatribe. Here are some pictures.
Not pictured: The Anne Frank house. It was a moving experience and something I'm really glad we were able to see.
So, winter Eurotrip was quite a success.
I must say, I'll be ready for another one soon :)