20 things that you need to know before you travel in the Netherlands by a Dutch resident

20 things that you need to know before you travel in the Netherlands by a Dutch resident

I’m officially celebrating my arrival in the Netherlands exactly three years ago this week!  As someone who’s visited the Netherlands as a tourist and is now trying to assimilate by becoming fluent in Dutch, I have some useful travel tips for traveling in the Netherlands for you all that I hope will make your trip to the Netherlands a little more easy.   (more…)

The best museums in Amsterdam and which museums to skip

The best museums in Amsterdam and which museums to skip

One of the best parts of visiting Amsterdam is to visit the many museums in Amsterdam.  As an Amsterdam resident, I had the Museumkaart, which gave me access to majority of the museums in Amsterdam (as well as the rest of the Netherlands), which meant that I’d often take an afternoon to explore a museum.  I hope that I can inspire you to visit some of my favorite museums in Amsterdam.  I also include some advice about what ‘museums‘ in Amsterdam to avoid. (I put this in quotes as some claim to be museums, however I truly think that you can skip them as they’re bonafide tourist traps.)

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Is the A’DAM swing overrated? An honest review of the A’DAM lookout

Is the A’DAM swing overrated? An honest review of the A’DAM lookout

I spent over two years living in Amsterdam, so I was naturally curious about the A’DAM lookout after reading about the swing over Amsterdam.  I’m a bit of an adrenaline junkie, so when my friend asked me if I’d go out on the A’DAM swing with her, I went for it. However, was the A’DAM swing and lookout worth almost twenty euros? Keep reading for this honest review of the A’DAM lookout. (more…)

25 Dutch foods that you must try in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

25 Dutch foods that you must try in Amsterdam, the Netherlands





Trying to figure out what to eat in the Netherlands?  Your list of the most famous Dutch foods that you’ll want to try while visiting Amsterdam, the Netherlands written by a Dutch resident.  I also include tips on where to find these typically Dutch foods in Amsterdam.  You’ll find a downloadable checklist of 25 foods to try in Amsterdam (or the Netherlands) at the bottom! (more…)

First Time Guide to Amsterdam: Three Days in Amsterdam itinerary by a resident

First Time Guide to Amsterdam: Three Days in Amsterdam itinerary by a resident

I’ve been living in the Netherlands for nearly three years with most of my time spent living in Amsterdam.  I usually recommend that if you’re visiting Amsterdam, three days in Amsterdam is perfect. I’ve created a three day itinerary for Amsterdam with advice on what to do in Amsterdam for all budgets. As someone who’s spent quite a bit of time in Amsterdam, I cover the famous sights, but I try to focus on showing you some of neighborhoods that make Amsterdam unique rather than the touristy hubs.  I include a free map (at the bottom) with the best places to visit in Amsterdam during 3 days.

This is a suggested itinerary for Amsterdam, so I try to give options and I completely understand if you choose to skip something.  That said, I’ve carefully crafted this Amsterdam itinerary to minimize walking, public transit, and biking.

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20 tips on how to survive biking in Amsterdam by a resident

20 tips on how to survive biking in Amsterdam by a resident

One of the most common questions that I get about the Amsterdam is about biking.  Bicycling in Amsterdam is the best way to get around, however biking can be terrifying for people who are used to leisurely bike rides in the park who haven’t done city biking before.

Keep reading tips from a Dutch resident on what to know about biking in Amsterdam, without a tour, before your trip to the Netherlands!  This guide to cycling in Amsterdam includes Amsterdam bike rules to know prior to biking in Amsterdam for both tourists and residents.

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