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Today’s Photo: Tulip Mania

Tulip Bulbs for sale in Amsterdam

Tulip Bulbs for sale in Amsterdam Did you know that in the 1600′s Amsterdam was at the height of Tulip Mania? Apparently the tulip bulb of 1637 was the beanie baby of 1995, with Tulip prices climbing to astronomical heights before suddenly dropping. I’m not making this up. Apparently some tulips could fetch a price up to ten times the annual salary of a tradesman. In fact, check out this tulip price index from the 1600s. That after Christmas slump is worse than Tickle Me Elmo. If you can get past the drug fueled backpackers, Amsterdam has got to be one of … Read More

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Giving into Temptation in Amsterdam

Cheese for Sale in Amsterdam

When I started planning my trip to Amsterdam, I knew I would be faced with temptation. Temptation to indulge in something that is probably not all that great for me. I don’t like to say that I’m addicted (and no scientific evidence has ever proven that it is addicting) ,but I have to admit that in the past I’ve been known to over indulge. I’ve tried to cut down. I really have. But then I find myself buying it on a fairly regular basis and always keeping a supply in the house. In fact, there have been times when I’ve … Read More

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Oh the people you’ll meet: The three LCDs

New Friends at a Hostel - Can you spot the LCDs?

One of the best parts of traveling is all the amazing people you meet along the way. I have met wonderful new friends throughout the world in hostels, in restaurants, in churches and even in the Jordain Desert. Of course, one of the worst parts of travel can be dealing with the less pleasant people you also sometimes encounter. I like to refer to these people as the Lowest Common Denominators of Humanity - the LCDS. Often disguised as other travelers, locals or service industry professionals, the LCDs will try and ruin your trip just by existing. They might be in … Read More

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Turning on the Red Light

Closed Curtains in the Red Light District of Amsterdam

In the 1600s Amsterdam was one of the richest cities in the entire world. Home of the Dutch East India Company, the city’s ports saw thousands upon thousands sailors come and go as spices were brought from the Far East. These sailors, fresh off of months at sea, were eager to take advantage of the pleasures of land and soon dozens of brothels popped up on the streets near the harbor. Over time, as the world changed and the spice trade became less profitable, Amsterdam’s prosperity declined. With the drop and trading, the sailors no longer visited the city on … Read More

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4 Quirky Amsterdam Facts

The I Amsterdam sign near the Rikes in Amsterdam

  Amsterdam may be one of the most well know cities in Western Europe. Before I went there in September 2011, I thought I had it all figured out: Cheese, Coffee Houses, Dutch Masters, Anne Frank and Windmills. During my week in the city, I was surprised to learn how much more interesting Amsterdam was than I had imagined. Every street seemed to hold a new piece of interesting trivia that made the city tick – these are some of my favorites: 1. Crooked Teeth Houses Line the CanalsAs you walk around the canals of Amsterdam, you can’t help but … Read More

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Today’s Photo: Bike in Amsterdam

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