It is so easy to like Amsterdam. One day in and I can imagine myself living in the city (which inspires the title of this chapter).
A stroll through the city sees life bustling around on every canals and its alleys. The Netherlands is the first country in the world to make same-sex marriage legal. My visit coincides with Pride Month and the end of a school year so it is evident everywhere you look. A bag hanging at the end of a flag pole out of a window indicates someone in that family has graduated from High School.
Along yet another canal sits the bench made famous by The Fault In Our Stars movie. I kept expecting to see a small queue to take photo with the bench but the only ones in queue were a couple of pigeons.
A day trip out to the quaint Kinderdijk windmills on a gloomy day provides a break from the busy city life. I learnt from this trip how majority of The Netherlands is sitting below sea level and for nearly a thousand year, the Dutch's innovative ways of water management has seen them become renowned in this particular area. So much so that that windmills at Kinderdijk (a system made by the Dutch to keep the Kinderdijk-Elshout area flood-free) were granted UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1997.
I leave Amsterdam with the feeling that I have still so much of the city left unexplored.
Write-up coming soon.