Ode to Amsterdam

We may never leave this city; it feels like ours now. Picnics in Vondelpark, strolls in the sunshine along the canals, great food and interesting people–Amsterdam is the place to be. This is a visual representation of why we haven’t been writing that much: there is just so much to do and see–we haven’t taken the time to write. But we do apologize.

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The laid back atmosphere of Amsterdam is what appeals to us the most. No one seems to be in a hurry and time just slides on by. The sun doesn’t set until 9:30 p.m. here, so there is more sunlight and more time to hang out outside. The weather has been absolutely fantastic. It has been sunny every day with a cool breeze and a high about 70 degrees.

Everyone rides bikes here. Everyone. So staying alert while walking around is a must. There are bikes, mopeds, cars, trams, buses and pedestrians to look out for while in the city. The bikes rule–and I love it. It makes it a cleaner, greener, healthier city to live in.

It is a very watery city. There are canals everywhere and that makes it difficult to get around because every street looks pretty similar. I think we have gotten the hang of things now, though. We stayed in The Bulldog Hostel the first two nights and met some really fun Canadians, then stayed in the Van Gogh Hotel in Leidseplein, and the Stay Okay hostel in Vondelpark.