This city, known for its humanism and tolerance is one of the few survivors to disproportionate growth that weakened the modern cities. The charm of its canals, the original architecture of their homes and an irresistible charm make it a special place that we are forever in love with.
The city is in its final preparations for Koninginnedag (Queen's Day) this Tuesday, April 30th. Long considered the biggest party of the year (rivalling New Year's Eve), this is expected to be an even larger event than normal due to the inauguration of the new king Willem-Alexander, which is taking place the same day. The party in the city (i.e. heavy drinking) starts April 29th!
This is the last year in which the holiday will be celebrated on April 30th. Starting in 2014, it will be known as Koningsdag (King's Day) and celebrated on April 27th (Willem-Alexander's birthday), although in 2014 it will be celebrated on April 26th since the 27th is a Saturday.
If you are in the Netherlands for the celebration, please consider sharing any nice photographs you take with us on our message board. All registered users may now upload their pictures to the site.
On Tuesday, 6 Nov 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first US states in history to legalise marijuana for recreational use. Marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and so it remains to be seen how the federal government will attempt to interfere with these developments.More here
The weed pass will NOT be implemented in Amsterdam in 2013. Tourists can continue to buy weed in Amsterdam for the forseeable future.
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Interesting article from the NY Times offering some insights into Dutch culture.
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In another "victory" for the subnormal religious right, the US-based online classifieds site Craigslist has apparently capitulated to pressure/lawsuits from various states' attorneys general and shut down their "adult services" section -- at least in the US (we just checked and it's still available for other countries, of course, and still called "erotic services"). No big loss as we've had nothing but horrible experiences with US-based service providers anyway.
Dutch architecture, windmills, water... what, no girls, smoke or FEBO?!?Read More