Every time I visit a new place, I administer “The Test”. There is no grading scale for this test, it is simply pass…or fail.
The test is quite easy. It consists of only one question, and there are only two possible answers:
1.) Could I live here?
Amsterdam definitely passed. In fact, of all the places I have visited so far, I would pick Amsterdam as my #1 choice.
I truly appreciate a liberal city and since Amsterdam is probably the mecca of tolerance it’s no surprise I’m drawn to it. What you’ve heard about The Dam is true but trust me, there is so much more to this place! The people were friendly, the fashion was definitely the best I’ve seen (why doesn’t anyone ever talk about how well dressed the Dutch are?!), and any city that is voted the most bicycle friendly city in the world is a good one in my book.
Every great city has a great park and for this I am extremely thankful. You just can’t put a value on a vast area of recreational green space in the middle of a bustling city. I thoroughly enjoyed my afternoon in Vondelpark…
There is a ton of great art in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, I missed out on the Van Gogh Museum (the line is CRAZY long…either get there when the museum opens or block out extra time for waiting in line), but luckily there are fifty-something other museums in Amsterdam and plenty of free art to go around..
The good news is I have finally figured out my calling in life. I am going to move to Amsterdam and become a bicycle tour guide.
Go ahead…try and stop me.