Netherlands

DSC_0885After visiting Amsterdam for a couple of days when I was 15, I decided I would do whatever it took to study abroad in the Netherlands.DSC_0869Six years later and some saved up pay checks, I made my vow come to life.DSC_0861Amsterdam is without a doubt my favorite city in Europe (maybe the world). One quote by John Green sums it up best: “Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin”.DSC_0860The free and relaxed city of Amsterdam is fixated along a major network of canals.DSC_0874Nearly every Dutch person I’ve encountered has been incredibly friendly, relaxed, accommodating and spoke fluent English.DSC_0890Besides being known for its relaxed drug and prostitution policies, Amsterdam and the Netherlands have been home to some of the world’s most renown artists.DSC_0898Van Gogh, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Mondrian, and Mc Escher are just a few.DSC_0889In 2013 both the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum have been renovated and updated. DSC_0884Amsterdam’s museumplein has some of the best museums in Europe.DSC_0639If you’re tired of staring at paintings, there also is the Anne Frank house and the Heineken Experience.DSC_0908After sight seeing, If you want to relax there’s no better place than Vondelpark. DSC_0878A trip to Amsterdam is not fully complete without experiencing it’s main mode of transportation…DSC_0907A bike. There’s a running joke about there being more bikes than people, the funny fact is that it’s true. DSC_0914Although Dutch food for the most part is pretty plain, Indonesian and Surinamese restaurants are a plenty. Try a Rijkstafel (an Indonesia rice table). DSC_0923I would have no second thoughts of getting a job and living in Amsterdam.DSC_0640February or June, there really is no city more gezellig (comforting) than the incredible city of Amsterdam.

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