Category Archives: Amsterdam

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I currently live in Amsterdam, where I’m (slowly) learning to speak Dutch and navigate bike lanes.

I love sharing discoveries about my newly adopted home with a worldwide English-speaking audience. My writing about Amsterdam has appeared in Time Out, the G Adventures blog,  Ensemble Vacations publications, and Make Change.

For Make Change: Ethical Travelers Are Obsessed With This Amsterdam Neighborhood

It’s no secret that Amsterdam has an over-tourism problem. Dam Square is thick with tourists and pickpockets, and the Red Light District (properly known as De Wallen) has become an adult Disneyland where stag parties run wild.

But all is not lost for visitors to Amsterdam. In the city’s outlying neighborhoods, there’s plenty to experience away from the central crowds…

Read the rest at Make Change 

 

For Ensemble Travel: Learn How Locals Live by Visiting Amsterdam Homes that are Now Museums

There’s no better way to understand a destination than to see how locals live. From exploring cozy houseboats to touring grand canal homes, here’s how to get an inside look at life in the Dutch capital.

Museum Van Loon

Built in 1672, this grand canal house was the former home of the Van Loon family. The Van Loons were well connected in Dutch society: Willem van Loon was a co-founder of the Dutch East India Company, and later generations included Amsterdam mayors, bankers and ladies in the queen’s court…

Read the rest at Ensemble Travel

For Time Out: The 10 best bars in Amsterdam

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Amsterdam’s bar scene is hundreds of years old yet feels decidedly modern: you can sidle up to a bar where sixteenth-century sailors took respite from the sea, settle into a cozy lounge or explore the thriving cocktail culture in ultracool places to see and be seen.

For the local experience, try a jenever, the juniper-based Dutch spirit that evolved into gin. You’ll likely see your fellow patrons with two glasses: follow their lead and order a beer chaser, a classic pairing dubbed a kopstootje or “little headbutt.”

Read the rest at TimeOut Amsterdam 

For Time Out Amsterdam: The 11 best cafés in Amsterdam

The first lesson of café culture in Amsterdam is that a coffeeshop is not your standard coffeeshop. The former offers a high that doesn’t come from caffeine…

If it is a coffee break that you are looking for, you want a café. The choices are abundant, from cozy hideaways that embody the untranslatable Dutch concept of gezelligheid (a kind of cosiness) to bright and modern spaces in up-and-coming neighbourhoods. Not a fan of coffee? Order a mint tea: instead of a tea bag, your mug will be stuffed with fresh bunches of mint and served with honey—and probably a little cookie, too.

Read the rest at TimeOut.com