The Netherlands

When, Where, Why:

Die Niederländer hold the esteemed honor of being the first European country I set foot in back in summer 2007, albeit for an extended layover at Schiphol Airport. By summer 2009, when my roommates wanted a weekend trip, I figured any other place could be better, but Amsterdam was close enough to make the journey worthwhile.

In under 50 words:

Wooden shoes, windmills, the Red Light District, marijuana, the International Criminal Court, bicycle parking garages, canals, and a capital city under constant threat of flooding.

Experience:

I have many reasons to return but little desire as yet.

Food & Drink:

Stroopwaffles and tea. I know more exists, but honestly this is what I go to the Netherlands for. And you should do likewise.

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