by Lillian Csernica on April 1, 2016
When I was 18 years old, my father sent me to the Netherlands to spend the summer with Jennet, the AFS exchange student who had been my lab partner in Physics and my good friend. She lived in Enschede, on the east side of the country, so when we decided on a day trip to Amsterdam by train, we were in for quite an adventure.
Amsterdam is one of the greatest cities of the world. Everywhere I turned, there was something new and fascinating waiting for me.
For someone used to the concrete vistas of Orange County, I was delighted to travel around the city via the canals. The private boats hitched off to either side of the canals provided a genuine local charm to the areas I passed through.
If you like flowers, then you haven’t lived until you’ve seen the floating flower market in Amsterdam. All the tulips you can imagine, plus a whole lot more!
Amsterdam was the first place where I saw police officers patrolling their beats on horseback. The two officers I spoke to were quite friendly and allowed me to take their photograph. There’s something very imposing about a police officer looking down at you from that height!
There are a lot of sex shops in Amsterdam. As a know-almost-nothing 18 year old, this freaked me out. What you see here is a resin refrigerator magnet. Looks like a cookie, doesn’t it? This was the only image I could possibly post here that wouldn’t get me busted for Adult Content. If you care to Google the amazing range of possibilities available to you in such a shop, have a good time. Just don’t say I didn’t warn you! 😀