Canada's in the EUJune 30, 2016 in the Netherlands ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C
High... I mean Hi... oh don't think anything more than us spelling hi wrong just because we're in Amsterdam. Don't you worry - we are behaving!!
This morning, after a much needed GOOD sleep, we headed to explore the city again. Can I just say we've been navigating these cities as locals. We continued to shop for souvenirs - for all our loved ones..... ;)
We walked to the other side of the city to Mac Bike. Talk about an adventure to find the station... as there were no signs and our maps said different ways. Don't worry - we found it. We found it. Right in front of our eyes - of course.
The bike tour introduced us to a lot of the history of Amsterdam. First, the coat of arms are three X's. These 3 X's represent 3 of Amsterdam problems (flooding, fires, and the black plague). They then added the lion and the crowns at the top. In addition, Amsterdam has articial land, espwcially where Amsterdam cenrraal station is located. As we continued, we learned that there were two canals. There was one built for a lord and one for a king. The building's around there were classified as expensive and for the rich, while the peasants lives on the out skirts of the city. You can find a bakery, Winkle, that serves the best apple tarts.
The canals are 3 meters down. They often say this is 1m of mud, 1m of water, and 1m of bikes. They say there are about 20, 000 bike a year that fall in the canals.
The housing in Amsterdam is known to look slanted. This is because the cost per square foot was expensive and people didn't want to pay for that so, they built their houses taller rather than wider. Due to the width, the houses are to narrow to bring furniture into the house. So, they take the furniture in through the windows. In order to do this, the houses were built slanted forward so furniture would not hit the side of the house.
The city also added the I Amsterdam sign to change the perspective people hold on Amsterdam. They accept that they're a city that is known for sexton and drugs, but they wanted more to their image. By adding the sign, it gets a lot of publicity from many different cultural groups.
We stopped at a wind mill bar - this wind mill is not an original but is one of the oldest ones. Here we all grabbed a beer for 2.80 where we met a few people from Los Angeles. We took their numbers to meet up with them later on.
We ended up exploring the red light district. The district is not what we thought it would be. The streets were filled with people, but it was tamer than we thought. It was very regulated. Once we returned to our hostel, Taylor was lucky enough to get sang and danced too... all round show. We now know what drugs do.Read more