Visiting Amsterdam has become a rite of passage for young travellers around the world, myself included. Synonymous with partying, drinking, 'peep' shows and space-cakes. Though that might be a thing in the past, seeing as the new law, which came into effect early this year, bans the sales to tourists.
Last winter, during my 5-day stay at this gorgeous apartment, I fell hard and fast with the city. The canals, the houseboats, the buildings and the enthusiasm of the people charmed me. The city was buzzing with excitement and I was in good spirits. However by the end of the third day, I was very much over it and wanted to move on. My clothing constantly smell of weed (seeing as the apartment is situated between a sex museum and a "coffee" shop) and I had 4 near-death experiences involving bicycles in less than 72hours- I've never encounter so many bikes in my life. Lastly I had an allergic reaction to alcohol during my visit to the Heineken Experience. I was sadly bedridden for the remaining part of the trip.
But it wasn't all bad. I love the historic buildings and old vibe of the city. The highlight was the trip to Anne Frank House. Highly recommended. It's not something enjoyable but incredibly powerful and moving. I teared up considerably. The only other place that affected me more was Dachau.
Amsterdam, it's not your fault. I like you but I don't love you. We just... didn't connect. Maybe if I was staying in a less touristy area or have different travel companions (Guys, I'm not saying you were bad travel buddies except I was the only female in the group, so the theme of the trip was possibly more guy-oriented), I would find you much more appealing.
I hear Rotterdam is less touristy and more modern. One way to find out? A second visit to the Netherlands and get reacquainted with Amsterdam in the not-so distance future.