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What makes traveling in Amsterdam fun?

Asked by mazingerz88 (18445 points ) April 30th, 2012

My friend just came from there but since he was on a company training trip, he had no exciting travel stories to tell. Kind of a lackluster trip to me.

I’ve never been to any part of Europe. I just have 2 or 3 friends who have traveled and lived there told me stories of how nice it was walking the streets in Paris, watching lovers duking it out in parks during the day, traveling by train from Italy to almost everywhere else, receiving free medical treatment in Switzerland, seeing huge buildings in Berlin ( what? )...

Which brings me to my main point of inquiry, if you’ve been to Amsterdam, have you enjoyed that visit and if you don’t mind sharing, what exactly did you do? I know marijuana use is legal over there and women companions could be seen behind glass windows.

My friend was there for three weeks and all he brought me was a lousy t-shirt, no fun travel tales nor any sort of sleazy anecdotes. Do you have any that might intrigue-? Thanks for sharing.

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GladysMensch's avatar

You may live vicariously through my tale.

I went to a foreign country, filled with exotic customs and peoples. While there, I engaged in acts of depravity with one or more members of the gender/age/race/species that excites you most I also smoked, huffed, ate, drank, and injected substances that affected my state of being. All of this was free, legal, and encouraged. Plus, there were no t-shirt shops. It is/was/will be so much better than that place you live/lived/are moving to.

mazingerz88's avatar

@GladysMensch Thanks. Coordinates so I could Google Earth it? : )

downtide's avatar

I’ve not been to Amsterdam, but I did go to Rotterdam for a weekend, and yes I visited one of those particular “coffee shops”. The law on them has now changed and tourists aren;t allowed in – they’ve all been turned into private members’ clubs and you have to prove you’re a Dutch resident to join them. I also went to a football match (which was the reason for the trip), that was great. The Dutch fans – in fact all the Dutch people I met – were all very friendly. I was also amused by finding vending machines in the street selling cans of beer.

john65pennington's avatar

A t-shirt was probably the only item he could bring back that did not cost him a fee.

Bringing back pot was illegal, so you got the t-shirt.

I did bring back bottles of wine from Italy. I had to pay the Duty Tax on them.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

I can tell you a bit about the Schiphol Airport (Amsterdam) after being stranded there for about 36 hours during a snowstorm. Does that count? :)

mazingerz88's avatar

@Pied_Pfeffer A friend just told me New York City was used to be called, New Amsterdam since the Dutch owned NY back then. Thanks for naming their airport. Schipol. Intriguing. : )

blueiiznh's avatar

Just be thankful that he did not give you something you could not get rid of.

JLeslie's avatar

@mazingerz88 The classic NY license plates were orange and blue, which was always explained to me to be Dutch colors. They have brought back a retro plate in those colors.

ucme's avatar

I got the DVD, decent little movie that.

mazingerz88's avatar

Amsterdamned! Lol.

Jeruba's avatar

I loved Amsterdam and could happily have stayed a lot longer than a few days. I was young and independent, but I didn’t go for excitement. I went to see what there was to see.

•  There are trolleys, but I found that I could walk to just about anyplace I wanted to go.
•  The old buildings, the canals, the little houses with their beautiful lace curtains, the flowers—sights on all sides were delightful.
•  The Rijksmuseum is a great museum.
•  So is the Van Gogh museum.
•  The Anne Frank house is definitely worth a visit.
•  The shopping and dining areas are easy to find.
•  There’s a wide variety of restaurants, and I didn’t find them intimidating even when I was by myself.
•  You can get around fine even if English is your only language.
•  I found the people friendly and welcoming everywhere I went.
•  You don’t have to go very far out of the city to see some picturesque traditional villages, and bus tours of the surrounding areas are readily available.
•  I felt comfortable and safe.

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