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Articles by Anna Bandurska

Is it War? No, It’s New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam

Is it War?  No, It’s New Year’s Eve in Amsterdam December 31, 2010 | What's New | Read More
As a general rule, if something is not allowed, people go over board the moment they get their hands on that forbidden fruit.  The proof for this exists in the fact that the Dutch, who are constantly exposed to legalized prostitution in the Red Light District and marijuana in coffeeshops, rarely frequent...

Find the Reindeer in Amsterdam’s Sex District

December 22, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Christmas decorations are popping up all over Amsterdam, including on the Warmoestraat, which borders the Red Light District. Full of coffeeshops, sex shops and cinemas, you would wouldn’t think to find a reindeer here… Can you spot it?

Amsterdam’s Winterland Is the Place to Be This Christmas!

Amsterdam’s Winterland Is the Place to Be This Christmas! December 20, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Each Christams Amsterdam hosts a variety of winter activities around the city.  This years biggest is Winterland at Rembrandtplein, and contains Christmas decorations, a skating rink (with rentals), and food and drink stalls.  Make sure you try the Gluhwein, a hot drink made of wine and spices.  Poffertjes,...

It’s Snowing in Amsterdam!

It’s Snowing in Amsterdam! December 17, 2010 | What's New | Read More
It’s snowing in Amsterdam, and all the locals are excited because no one under 30 remembers this much snow.  Tram service has been interrupted, but it’s a small price to pay for the pretty scenery.  Besides, the city center is so compact it’s easy to walk to all points of interest. Amsterdam’s...

Cycling Tips for Amsterdam’s Snowy Streets

Cycling Tips for Amsterdam’s Snowy Streets December 12, 2010 | Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
If you’re cycling around Amsterdam on a snowy day, here are a few tips to keep you from skidding into a canal: 1.  Brake gradually, which means you’ll probably have to cycle slowly.  Hitting the breaks hard will cause you to lose control.  Braking gradually is especially important if you...

Secret Santa – Dutch Style

December 11, 2010 | Kid Friendly, What's New | Read More
Secret Santa is a popular Christmas activity where I’m from (Canada), and is probably popular in other countries too.  It’s simple: we draw names from a hat and then have to buy a present for that person, and sometimes taunt our giftee with secret clues as to our identity. The Dutch do their...

Sinterklaas is Coming to Amsterdam!

Sinterklaas is Coming to Amsterdam! December 2, 2010 | What's New | Read More
The various manifestations of the St. Nicholas character seem to make an appearance in many cultures around the Christmas season.  Where Santa Claus is the familiar character in America, Sinterklaas is the bearer of gifts and treats in the Netherlands. According to the Dutch, Sinterklaas (or Sint Nikolaas),...

Is This Normal? Taking in the Strange Sights of Amsterdam

Is This Normal?  Taking in the Strange Sights of Amsterdam November 29, 2010 | What's New | Read More
In my early days in Amsterdam I worked as a tour guide, and I was frequently asked by visitors if certain things they saw were typical Amsterdam behavior, of if they got lucky and stumbled across a crazy show.  After a while I noticed that people were asking about the same things, which illustrates...

Amsterdam Souvenirs on a Shoestring

Amsterdam Souvenirs on a Shoestring November 24, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Most visitors enter Amsterdam through Centraal Station, and walk past dozens of souvenir shops on their way to Dam Square and the city center.  Each of these shops carries the same silly assortment of Amsterdam shirts, penis shaped drinking cups, and an endless assortment of items bearing the three...

Oliebollen Have Arrived! The Best Snack in Amsterdam

Oliebollen Have Arrived!  The Best Snack in Amsterdam November 22, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Oliebollen, or “oil balls” are a traditional Dutch New Years treat; however, these days they start to appear late November and stick around until New Years. They’re deep fried donut balls, sold from little booths around the city of Amsterdam. The best oliebollen are the ones that just come...
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