Amsterdam, Netherlands was one of the last cities I visited in Europe on my way back to London before departing back to Canada. After visiting so many places across western and eastern Europe, I knew once arriving in Amsterdam that it’s a city with charm unlike the others. I had to ask myself: what’s so different about Amsterdam? It’s not the red light district, but the vast canals throughout the city, yachts and house boats, the abundance of bicycles (there are more bikes then people in Amsterdam), tulip markets, and the ordinately decorated buildings lining the narrow streets. There was just something about Amsterdam that made me fall in love with it.
Maybe it was the lush green trees that covered the city, the dutch pancakes I could smell on every corner, or the way in which the city “dances” (because the city is rested on pillars, the city is constantly shifting). The half wheel design of the city makes walking the city a dream. In the middle I found the old center, bounded by the Singel Canal. Although Amsterdam is world renowned and a tourist hot-spot, it’s a fairly small city so most things are in walking distance. I was able to walk everywhere I wanted to visit from the I Amsterdam sign to the Anne Frank Museum. Exploring the city is easy to do with endless restaurants, especially around the Leidseplein, cafes, markets, stores, and shops. I think I fell in love with Amsterdam.