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... bike toss competitions with whichever bikes they can find that aren't bolted down to see who can get the furthest distance, and apparently they remove up to 10,000 of them each year! We had noticed right away that there are sooo many bikes in the city - everywhere you turn, there are bikes - but we learnt on the walking tour that Amsterdam actually has more bikes than people! There are 800,000 people and 900,000 bikes and the city has been the bicycle capital of ...
From the outset, we have to say that Amsterdam is the dirtiest and most unkempt European city we have been in. Cigarette butts everywhere, papers blowing all over the place, rubbish overflowing from bins and just left in gutters. The place is really giving Cairo a run for its money !
Many alternate types in 1960s garb floating around the place with pony tails, sandals and pantaloons. The sweet smell of marijuana in the air.
... around noon, clear the plane, customs, grab bags, walk through the airport, find a cab and head to the hotel. Now about 1:30...Room will be ready around 3:00. Run down the road to get tickets for the canal tour, back to the hotel to get our room, dump the bags and back in a cab to run to Anne Frank's house for a tour. A very interesting bit of history we can only grab a glimpse of from our ...
... legal but hey! It's Amsterdam! We learned: The dutch like to be fairly literal in their naming of things. Old church, new church, north church, south church (it's so true and also hilarious). Amsterdam is on the Amstel River which they dammed and hence: Amster Dam! Most of Amsterdam is 3m below sea level - they had lots of trouble trying to keep the water out when they first established the city. This meant that everyone was fairly tolerant of each other because ...
... Spanish speaking countries), and of course i know no Dutch at all so it was an adventure getting around!
Amsterdam gets a bad reputation but it is truly a breathtaking city: a lot of people don't know that the city is almost 1000 years old. The city definitely has its problems; Its pretty dirty and there are some sketchy people around, but even within one day it has really started to grow ...