After pointlessly hoping to find a relatively warm place in Europe to go to, my mates and I took a much unplanned trip to Amsterdam during our term break last November.
Just an hour by plane from London, Amsterdam is small and compact and looks pretty much the same after every corner-turn that I think spending 4 days in the city was a bit too much (or maybe it was just the cold weather that kept us indoors most of the time). It’s generally a tourist-friendly city with welcoming locals who are happy to help out with directions when Google Maps fails. But contrary to what I expected, the capital of the Netherlands turned out to be calmer and quainter. Although the infamous coffee shops were frequent, smell of pot common, and prostitutes unusually easily accessible, they were still outnumbered by the museums (which were quite good), bicycles, and tourist traps. I’d definitely wanna go back in the summer just to see how it is with more people and lesser winter vibes.
And for any of you non-Dutch who are planning to go to Amsterdam only to smoke up and get high, here’s a little something that might burst your bubble:
CNN: Dutch to ban foreigners from pot shops
Huffington Post: Netherlands Coffee Shops: Tourists To Be Banned From Legal Marijuana Cafes (VIDEO)