Snapshots are mini town/city guides for smaller places or cities I have only experienced briefly. Here’s a little snapshot of Amsterdam.
What are one’s first impressions of Amsterdam?
What’s that delicious smell? Hmm….
What the!? – That cyclist nearly knocked me over! I almost ended up in the canal.
Welcome to one of the most liberal cities the world.
…also the city where you’re most likely to be milled out of it by a cyclist.
Canals abound and everywhere in the city centre may feel the same, but turn the right corner and you’re greeted by the waft of marijuana from a nearby “coffeshop”, or come-ons from brazzers in the windows at the red light district.
It may be expensive, but Amsterdam certainly isn’t boring.
As a weed smoker, this place is be Zion mon.
What are the women like?
If you like tall women, you’re in the right place – Dutch people are the tallest people in the world. Dutch girls typically have fair hair and light eyes. They are moderately attractive and friendly enough, but put minimal effort into their appearance. They also have no idea have to dress sexy. I suspect the reasons for this is the sex ratio is their favour. At night, the cock-to-tail ratio is among the worst I’ve seen in Europe. The city is plagued with sleazy dudes. The biggest problem with Amster-dames is actually finding them after-hours.
Apart for the ethnic Dutch, the city is very multi-cultural. There are significant numbers of Indonesians, Turkish, Moroccans & Surinamese, Africans, and of course – tons of tourists. Regardless, between the smoke, the mushrooms and the boozing, you’ll more than likely be running zombie game (not the most effective).
Daytime is by far your best bet for picking up in Amsterdam. If you’re looking for a Dutchie – waitresses, bargirls and promoters are good options. Just get of the tourist trail where they’re not being harassed by hordes of stage parties.
Where should I go at night-time?
The two main squares for nightlife are called Leidseplein square & Rembrandt square. The former has more options and is where we spent most of our time. We hit well over half a dozens spots and the best place we found was a place called Pirates bar. Also recommended in Paradiso nearby, and Escape on Rembrandt.
Even more recommended is the nearest kebab place. Hmm… munchies
Any other recommendations?
Check out the Red Light District. It’s 30 mins walk from the nightlife and the novelty of hookers in windows wears off fast, but a walk around this shady part of town is mandatory for every first-time visitor.
Prepare to get fucked up.