Thursday, January 24, 2013
Amsterdam Canal Boats
Amsterdam is the capitol of the Netherlands. It actually has more canals than Venice, and has as many bikes as residents. In fact, cyclists have the right of way, not pedestrians. Since there are so many canals, everyone is required to learn to swim. The best way to see the city is on a canal boat. A typical house has one of three roofs, and are generally the same height as taxation was based on that. Thus, houses are much deeper back than you would think. Some people actually live on the house boats. One is a museum, another is a cat shelter. Amsterdam has a plethora of museums, about anything and everything you can think of, and a Heineken bar on every corner. Oh, and you can try pot at a coffee shop. The streets have public urinals (one of which I accidentally stumbled into), and a wide variety of religious stores and non-profits. In fact, this is the only European city I have visited with Bibles in the hotels, like we do in the US. I guess they really are tolerant.