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  • 1. Urinating

    The cleanest toilet around is at the Central Train Station at track 2A. It's 50 Eurocents admission, but worth while. Downtown during daytime just go to the 4th floor of the V&D department store or...

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  • 2. Tipping

    I learned to look both ways twice before crossing a bike path, tram track or road. Cyclists are riding very fast, so I tended to let them go by first before crossing. Dutch people tend to cross...

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  • 3. Architecture

    Just keeping looking up to those nice old houses and their history. It's just amazing that it's a thing of all centuries. It's like a living history book, where the Amsterdam streets are the pages and...

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  • 4. Red Light District

    What can I say about this? I love how the Netherlands promotes this on the tourist board web...

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  • 5. Language

    Does anybody speak Dutch in Amsterdam? No they speak English (at least in the touristic centre of the city). I went in a restaurant, near the Leidse Plein, ordered in Dutch and the waitress asked...

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  • 6. Coffee Shops

    Although cannabis is not and has never been of interest to me, I did admire the tolerance and openness towards it in Amsterdam. It looks as though legalising it has been a successful experiment (and...

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  • 7. ATM - Credit Cards

    Netherlands was the first country (of 33) I have visited, that we had lots of problems with ATM:s. Outside Amsterdam most of them didn´t exept foreign cards! In AMsterdam there was also some witch...

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  • 8. Greetings - Kissing

    Kissing ¡V Three kisses starting on the right cheek & ending on the right cheek I always get my right & my left confused ¡K.. No not on purpose :-) If you are in a bakery, postoffice, deli etc make...

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  • 9. French Fries - Frites

    Shall I repeat once again that there are NO French Fries in the EU! Not in France - did you ever read Frites françaises on a menu in France - NOT in Belgium of course and NOT in Holland. The Dutch, a...

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  • 10. Bicycle - Cycling

    Bicycles are part of the fabric of Amsterdam. Although many global cities are adopting cycling as a means of transport, Amsterdam has always been at the forefront, and at times it seems everyone in...

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  • 11. Beer & Breweries

    Heineken Beer is the number one international known brand beer of the Netherlands and it's other Brand Amstel is the second known and the other brand Grolsch completes the Dutch Beer Triumvirate known...

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  • 12. Houseboats

    Amsterdam still has a significant portion of people living in houseboats on the canals. It's a great way to avoid the high cost of real estate in the city. The number is limited to 2,500 to limit...

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  • 13. King's Day - Koningsdag

    Queens Birthday has a long history and it's not a day on current Queen, she's born on November, but she decided to change the day, at least the weather is better at the end of April. There are many...

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  • 14. Street Performers

    In the early part of twentieth century the Netherlands became world famous for its street organs. Love it or hate it, or just putting a smile on your face, even today the sound of street organs...

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  • 15. Rijksmuseum

    RIJKSMUSEUM By far the largest museum in the Netherlands, housed in a monumental neo-renaissance building designed by PJH Cuypers. The Rijksmuseum (State Museum)ranks as a major European museum of...

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  • 16. Smart Shops

    This was new to me. Smart shops sell harder drugs and its all legal or tolerated. They dont sell weed or hash here. Smart shops sell mushrooms and ecstasy (an herbal ecstasy) and even marijuana seeds....

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  • 17. Photography

    Are you taking a picture of me.... or am I taking a picture of you? Hahaha, a camera battle was on the go! We've been chasing each other around almost all day to get some fun pictures. And now it...

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  • 18. Bitterballen

    My Dutch companions looked somewhat askance when I ordered bitterballen.....I don't quite know why, and I didn't like to ask. Basically, bitterballen are a minced beef stew mixed with flour and...

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  • 19. Haring

    For food on the hoof forget about MacDonald's (boo hiss!). Instead net a bit of raw fish from one of the many stalls around the city. Spankingly (once again for want of a better word!) fresh herring...

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  • 20. Dam Square

    The pigeons on the Dam square are loved and hated at the same time. The birds are simply rude from all the food they get and the fact that they are in masses and you stand alone. There are various...

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  • 21. Street Markets

    Good information about markets in Amsterdam on: www.dutchmarkets.org/markten/amsterdam/englishtour/markets.htm (full list) And for a bit of history and description ...

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  • 22. The Bulldog

    One of the tourists' popular targets: a Coffeeshop, one from among much. Standing in front of Centraal Station there are about 40 coffeeshops within a 10-minute walk. You can get coffee at these...

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  • 23. Schiphol Airport

    Living in a country like Ireland where smokers are treated like wayward children is great when you are as anti-smoking as I am. ;) (BTW I don't object to someone's right to smoke, I just don't get...

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  • 24. Pharmacies

    If you see one of these while in Amsterdam and wonder what it is, I'll tell ya. It means that you've encountered a Pharmacist. You don't see very many of these around anymore but there are still a few...

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  • 25. Jenever

    Jenever (pronounced ye-nei-ver) is very famous and popular in Holland and Flemish speaking region of Belgium. It has a taste that is similar to Gin, and so people often call it "Dutch gin" when...

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