Last week we went to Amsterdam to visit the City. When we travel to a new city we always do the free-tours. If you don’t know what it is, basically it is a tour around the city held by a local, mostly they are Students. Since we did one years ago in Budapest we always do them. It is a fantastic opportunity to see the city through the eyes of a local. They give you recommendations where to go, what to eat etc.
So, we did one in Amsterdam, although it was raining most of the time while we did the tour we still have fun doing the free tour. I was surprise that the highest point of Amsterdam is just a bit over a meter high. If you visit Amsterdam go check out the china town, it is small but the food there is very delicious.
You also should do a boat tour, that was probably the best part. It is very relaxing and you can see the houseboats and how the locals live there. A special thing in Amsterdam is that the buildings are built leaning forward because the doors and the buildings are very small, they need the angle to pull the furniture up the building on a rope, which they fix on the top of the building.
Of course, you should visit the red-light districts, that Amsterdam is famous about, but you should visit it at night where the streets are lighted by the red lights. We also went to a coffeeshops to drink a beer. The first thing I had to do is show my ID card, as always, and then the doorman was very surprised that I am already 25 years old, as always.. You also can smoke marihuana in Amsterdam, you are able to do it in the coffeeshops.
You need to be careful while crossing the streets not because of the cars but because of the cyclists and the scooters.
Take care, your Anki.