Every time I go back to Amsterdam I leave loving the city even more – it’s one of my favorite cities in Europe.
For me, Amsterdam is the perfect example of organized chaos.
I felt as though people were allowed to do what they wanted, just not exactly where they wanted.They can smoke weed and eat space cakes – just not on the streets; prostitution and buying sex is legal – just stick to the right area.
If you bike on a pedestrian-only street you risk paying a high fine.
This third time in Amsterdam it became even more clear to me how people and rules here are often the straight opposite from other countries: feeling like a BBQ?
Yeah sure, bring it all out and put it on the footpath in the city.
Wanna party hard in the park, drinking, smoking and pumping out house music out of the speakers in public parks?
Yeah go ahead, Vondelpark is perfect, there is even a sign saying you’re allowed to play music, drink and – according to the sign, joggle here.
People simply do things differently here: Instead of having a picnic in the park they have it on the boats, instead of driving they bike (in every type of weather, snow or rain doesn’t matter here), and so forth.
You see things here that you don’t see anywhere else, like a parking lot with 3000 bikes!
Amsterdam is a place with many faces, and it’s up to you which one you want to see.
You can choose to see the crazy Amsterdam with Penis fountains, prostitutes posing in windows and coffee shops everywhere.
Amsterdam is unpretentious, bold and bright – it is exactly what it is, and they’re neither proud, nor ashamed of it.
This acceptance of people is what has made Amsterdam so popular and loved by so many people.
You can be who you want – rich, poor, gay, straight – nobody cares.
This was my third time in Amsterdam, but I will definitely go back there again and again…
Have you been to Amsterdam? Share your experiences and thoughts!