Amsterdam was easily one of my favorite cities that I visited abroad. After Andrew and I finished our final papers and took all our exams, we packed up our entire Cork apartment in one night, said goodbye to the city we had lived in for four months, and flew to Amsterdam early the next morning. Other than seeing the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House, Andrew and I didn't have any other sight-seeing planned. We spent most of our first day in the city wandering down the different canals, walking through street markets, and taking advantage of Amsterdam's great public transit system.
To some people, all these pictures might look the same. But, when you think of Amsterdam, usually the same few images come to mind: narrow buildings, canals, and bikes...so many bikes. Even though I am probably the worst bicyclist ever (and was too scared to go on a bike tour of the city) I loved how the city was covered with everyone's bicycles. These bicycles were an integral part of the city landscape, and managed to make a big city feel small and familiar.