Whatever you've heard about Amsterdam, double it.
Trip Start Apr 28, 2010
58Trip End Jul 08, 2010
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We think everyone should come here and see this most amazing place, even if only once. We can't compare it to anywhere else we've seen. The social attitude is lazzaire faire to the nth extreme. It's a very very easygoing place,
We did see one biggy - a bloke chasing another one with a chair over his head and deadly intent. A bit scary. Alcohol, a hot night, Holland playing a match that night in the World Cup. We very bravely kept going. We heard the chair smash. We think it was against a doorway into a pub. We hope it was.
We got a message from Dries and Paula the other day
The bicycle is King and Queen here. They are absolutely the most common form of personal transport. We saw mums with 3 kids on them. They come with long trunks for transporting goods, multiple luggage carriers, every variation you can imagine. We saw serious looking city professionals on them, wobbly hippies, people of advanced age and everyone else too. People commonly give rides to their friends who sit on the rear carrier. None of our pictures really worked out very well. They don't show how every available surface has bikes leaning on them. The roads are full, with bikes riding as many abreast as it takes. Lots of dedicated bike paths but they also share the roads and the footpaths too. The whirring noise is constant. And the old fashioned type which lend themselves to baskets are the overwhelming majority of basic style. Lots of blokes riding women's bikes. We thought it was very cool indeed.
There's a big load of motorscooters too. They share the same spaces. Our first bike ride was a little nervous as the scooter riders ride as if they're on pushbikes too
We agree with our friends that Amsterdam is like all other big cities - a bit much in large doses we guess. But we only had a small dose and we thought it was an excellent place to visit for the very first time.
Dutch people seem to be very tall.
We'll put up Amsterdam part 2 in a couple of days with a little video of cycling in Amsterdam.