Amsterdam 101

Tell someone you’re going to Amsterdam, and you’ll be met with a chuckle and a knowing smile.

Yes, everyone will think you’re going for the hookers and weed, but there’s much more to Amsterdam. The Netherlands’s permissive attitudes are the product of a long history of liberalism and tolerance that dates back far before the advent of drug tourism and prostitutes’ unions. A refuge for Protestants and Jews in the 16th and 17th centuries, Amsterdam earned tremendous wealth as the center of a trading empire that stretched from the New York (sorry: New Amsterdam) to Indonesia. The city’s wealth served as an incubator for the artistic achievements of the Dutch Golden Age and the economic and political birth of modern Europe. Today, Amsterdam is a diverse and progressive city as famous for its art museums and quaint canal-side cafes as for its coffeeshops and prostitution.

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2303, 2016
  • Stolpersteins are small, cobblestone-sized memorials for individual victims of Nazism. Dinkelsbühl, Germany

Just look down: the memorial you may never see in Europe

By |March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Amsterdam, Art, Culture, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Paris, Poland, Prague, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland|Tags: , , , |3 Comments

If you ever take the time to look down at the ground, which, if you are like any of others in the Millennial Generation, than you are already looking down at your phone. However, if you take time to look past the latest video of kittens on Facebook, you will see one of the largest and possibly underappreciated art projects in Europe. Stolperstein at Salzstraße 2, Münster The ‘Stolperstein’ is a small engraved, bronze, memorial stone placed at the addresses of victims of Nazi oppression. They commemorate those who have died and survived consignments by the [...]

1810, 2015
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Four Days in Amsterdam

By |October 18th, 2015|Categories: Amsterdam, Art, Culture, Food|0 Comments

I’m writing while sick, which is hopefully only my body telling me “eating a bunch of different foods in 5 hours that you haven’t eaten in a month and a half wasn’t your best idea”, and not something more insidious.* As with the Paris post, there are a lot of things to cover for a city I’m not supposed to be covering, so I’ll make a list again (in no particular order)! Our hostel. We’re staying in the Stayokay Zeeberg, which is perfect in terms of cleanliness, friendliness, safety, and helpfulness. The common areas are the nicest that [...]

1407, 2015
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Vaarwell, Amsterdam

By |July 14th, 2015|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

About thirty feet away to my right is the big window opening onto the Schiphol Airport runway, which in the receding hours of the day is being misted upon. The pretty view is being ignored by a man, who, too old to retain full Partybr0 licensing and rights and yet still with the requisite orange Nike Miami Dolphins tee, adjacent phalanx of downed Heinekens, and sunglasses suspended, hazardously, above a confusingly co-orange forehead, to suggest his days of wholly exalted Partybr0dom aren’t, in his mind at least, too far gone, is giving a tentative middle finger, for seconds [...]

907, 2015
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In Honor Of Isaac Brock’s Birthday This Title Is Short(er), But Don’t Worry, I Haven’t Lost My Edge: Seventeen: Mouse

By |July 9th, 2015|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

A few nights ago I was at one of the stranger concerts of my handsome young life: Modest Mouse, who since around the time I was born have been yelling about cockroaches and the Devil and stuff, and are somehow still at it, on a Friday night in Utrecht, half an hour south of Amsterdam as the train, my ticket for which no one ever checked and therefore I’m a little annoyed I paid like €15 for (rule for converting Euro to Dollar: take the numeral of whatever you were gonna pay in Euro, then imagine Obama’s neofascist [...]

507, 2015
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O Ye of Blogging, Hearken To My Blog; Be Not Ill-Instructed, For Indeed Blogging Be It, If Of Lofty Countenance; For Those of Blog Skepticism, Be Not Afeared: 16: Chill

By |July 5th, 2015|Categories: Amsterdam|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

As near as I can tell, typing from within the second-story window of my mom’s friends’ flat while the first rain/lightning/thunder combo in recent memory goes on outside, Amsterdam has been a blast. Beyond the itinerary—two humid days of writing from the bottom bunk, a couple more exploring with wonderful travelers from Baltimore and Austin, and the long-foretold reemergence of Beloved Harvard Roommate, with a cluster of siblings and hangers-on in tow (major goal for this part of the trip: not to come off as the Seth Rogenesque “my brother’s/friend’s brother’s college roommate” character—for whatever reason, harder than [...]

Amsterdam was last modified: July 22nd, 2016 by Shaun Gohel

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