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    Open Bridges

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Mar 23, 2014

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    The bridge on the major waterways at times will be raised to allow boats to pass.

    So, don't be surprised to see your path blocked, even on major through streets where trams are riding too. Everything will come to a halt.

    ALso the Amsterdam bridges have to be maintained. Remember, that some of them are century old bridges and a major overhaul is a common thing to come across in the city center.

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    Do not drink canal water

    by pieter_jan_v Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    The Amsterdam potable water is safe to drink (you do not need to buy bottled water).

    Canal water however is not suited to drink; except for the special bottled CANAL WATER souvenir.

    In 1967 Peter J Muller, a well-known figure in the Amsterdams scene, already sold true canal water for as little as 2.50 guiders. In 2013 this idea was revived and bottles filled with a set of 4 bottles with water from the Singel, Heren-, Keizers-, and Prinsengracht canals that was sold for 50 Euro's (!). Each bottle has a QR-code with the indication of the exact part of the canal the water originates from and a short story of the canal..

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    Major Hazard No.2

    by johngayton Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    The main problem of course is: I keep bumping into things - lamposts, trees, other people, THUNK, such is life,..but bollards are the worst!!!

    I'd rather fall into the canal as that would cause far less tears ;)

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    Major Hazard No.1

    by johngayton Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    One of the main problems I have when visiting places is that I want to take in as much as possible in the allotted time. And so I am always looking around me: up, down, left, right - taking in the views, always wanting to find out what's round the next corner.

    The result is that I never seem to be looking where I am actually going.

    This is further compounded in Amstersdam by...as you can see from the pic!

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    Major Hazard No.3

    by johngayton Updated Mar 14, 2013

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    It wouldn't be so bad if it was just the young girls, but there are some very classy women around as well who equally distract my eye...does she really have to cycle round town with a sheer white dress on?

    "Girls in white dresses...these are a few of my favourite things".

    I'll change that to "Women in white dresses and diaphanous - help me out here - aquamarine(?) - shawls.

    BONK!!

    Who put that tree there? #~***~#

    MEMO:

    Dear Mayor of Amsterdam,

    For your next piece of legislation, I propose a dress code for women cyclists. Either that or get rid of all trees, lamposts, bollards (especially!) and just to be on the safe side fill in the canals.

    It's only a matter of time before there is going to be a serious fatality.

    Cheers, John.

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    Do drink enough!!!

    by Jerelis Written Nov 15, 2012

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    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the average temperature is much higher than other areas and the city lanes with its historical houses and bridges will go up and down.

    Water is essential for everyone, especially if you are hiking. Water helps almost every part of the human body function properly. Our bodies are almost two-thirds water, and proper hydration is essential to keep your body functioning properly during the hike. Some of the things water does in the body are:
    * The brain is 75% water; even moderate dehydration can cause headaches and dizziness;
    * Water regulates body temperature, which is especially important here in the area where the temperatures can be so brutal;
    * Water carries nutrients and oxygen to all cells in the body
    * Blood is 92% water;
    * Water protects and cushions vital organs;
    ·* Water converts food into energy (which is something you will need on a 3 to 4 hour hike…);
    * Muscles are 75% water, and you will use many muscles on a trail as you climb above the desert floor.

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    DO NOT FALL IN THE CANALS

    by DAO Updated Sep 2, 2012

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    This is a real picture of a real sign. Please do not get drunk or stoned (or both) and fall in. Yes, it is deep enough for people under the influence of something to drown. Let’s take it easy out there people! We need you to come back and post pictures and write tips. You also need to return home and rate this tip!

    All the best,

    DAO

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    It's a church...no, it's a gallery...no, it's a...

    by goodfish Written Dec 6, 2011

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    Old buildings cost a bundle to maintain and the biggest, most historic of Amsterdam's churches appear to be making up shortfalls by operating as galleries and event centers on the side. This can cause some frustration for visitors keenly interested in experiencing the essence of something very old.

    There was an exhibit of very modern art at Oude Kerk when we were there that was a rather jarring distraction from the centuries-old details. Nieuwe Kerk (no longer a functioning church) is a full-time gallery/event center that was offering a de Kooning exhibit (for a rather steep entry fee) that we skipped altogether: no wish to see the interior cluttered up with 20th-century abstracts. That one is, in fact, closed for a month as I'm writing this due to installing the latest show. Westerkerk, while a venue for some excellent concerts, also doubles as event space - you can see photos of some of those here.

    If you enjoy the juxtaposition of old and new, no problem. The rest of you, be ready to expect the unexpected in the form of duel usage and temporary closings.

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    Exporting flowers

    by ophiro Written Jul 10, 2011

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    Amsterdam , and the entire country of course , is well known for it's flower - beautiful tulips and more.
    A lot of tourists but flowers or bulbs to plant at their houses.
    As far as i know it is not allowed to export flowers and bulbs from the country.
    Check it with your Country's costumes first.

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    Be careful who you travel with!

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It's always nice to travel with someone whom you can have laughs and fun with! In this case, I have my husband and partner in crime :)

    Wherever we go, whatever we are doing, you can be assured you will be entertained.

    Funny thing is... this 'mad' side of him only comes out for me... sorry! haha

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    We are TOTALLY closed!!

    by Mariajoy Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    If you have walked for miles and miles and decide you just must have a coffee and a pee and a sit down and you see a landmark you recognise about 3 miles ahead and then, when you get there, you walk into the foyer (the doors obviously being open) and the girl on the desk says *We are TOTALLY closed!!* Wouldn't you want to say *Well keep the ******* door locked then!!* ??

    Normally NEMO is open - but this day... the day I needed it to be open...they were totally closed. Not just a BIT closed... but TOTALLY - even though the foyer was open... just to tell weary travellers they were TOTALLY closed.

    If I had checked their website BEFORE I walked miles and miles and miles I would have known they are totally closed on Mondays.

    I am sure this is a wonderfully fascinating place when it is open.

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  • 8 more things to do in Amsterdam when you're dead

    by 8_tentacled_man Updated Apr 4, 2011

    not forgetting
    1. kelly's bar - where she waggles her arse as she serves you, as you drool.
    2. The only columbian who here for a Holiday and detests drugs, even though he's brough us 4 sambuca shots each and carries more ££££'s then a lottery winner.
    3. Never give your room key to 2 scouse birds who are tripping !!!
    4. Dancing - see if you can get ejected at 5am for sleeping on the dance floor.
    5. spend 20 quality minutes with a whore only to come out with the line "I was getting my belt back".
    6. catcall all those queing to see a sex show - we couldn't afford it..
    7. some whores look like models, others look like a bad dream...
    8) Avoid giving your Burger King drinks to a space cadet as the chances are high you'll see him later in the RLD where he acts as your new best friend.
    9. The sum of Corona + Heineken + Sambuca = very pissed... = sin and Dabauchery which = quality weekend.

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  • Areas to avoid

    by patricia23 Written Dec 6, 2010

    I would suggest tourists to avoid the south-eastern part of amsterdam (bijlmer, bijlmermeer, of amsterdam south east) because it's quite unsafe over there, especially at night! Better avoid also the very western part of the city (Slotervaart and Osdorp). In the center I consider it safe everywhere, but like in every city be aware of pickpockets at busy places.

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    PHOTOS

    by balhannah Written Sep 12, 2009

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    On walking around the Canals, I came across a stall with lovely bunches of Flowers. Some of them I had not seen before, so I took a photo.
    There was only myself and the Dutch stall holder, and as he walked past me, he deliberately knocked into me, I guess hoping to ruin my photo. I would like to know what he muttered in Dutch!!

    There were no signs saying not to take photos, so I was within my rights, there was no need for his rudeness!!

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    Jet lag, or there is a morning in the evening

    by csordila Written Jul 11, 2008

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    If you are flying across three or more time zones, it is necessary to calculate with the jet lag syndrome. There is a disturbance of our internal clock, which comes forward more strongly, if we fly from the West to the East when you gain time, and less if towards West, when you lose time. Switch your clock to the local time as soon as the plane landed, and do not think what is the time now at home. If may be, let us travel by plane, which lands late afternoon. If you arrive in the morning try to stay awake and wait until the local bedtime to sleep even if you are sleepy because this makes the conversion easier.

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When you use common street sense, you'll be fine at Amsterdam. Go your own way and don't be the tourist, that only will attract pick pockets. The first thing you will learn is NOT to walk on the...
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