Our brief time in Amsterdam was wonderful--it's such a charming city where skinny apartment buildings and canals abound. I am so glad we decided to stay outside the city center because the touristy section was rather blah. Too many people, bikes everywhere, and there was more than a fair share of raucous youth. My days of party traveling are long over, but Amsterdam has quite the draw for that.
The section of town we stayed in, Alexanderkade, was quiet and gorgeous. We had a Laverne and Shirley basement apartment that was stocked with food by the owner--Dutch cheese, wine, stroopwaffles and more. One day we spent 5 hours walking around the city, and although Sojo's feet were super tired, she was a real rock star. I often wonder if she will grow up wanting to travel the world or if she will just want to stay put with all the travelling we do.
I'd love to go back one day as we just scratched the surface of all there is to do in Amsterdam. But, for now, it's back to work with another year of little ones. Sojo is all set to start first grade next week!