I am going to start by saying I thought Austin was weird but it does not compare to Amsterdam. I was told I would experience culture shock but nothing could exactly prepare me for what I was going to see. I was a little out of my comfort zone but I must admit that it ended up being one of the coolest cities.
Fun fact: there are more bikes in the city than there are people.
So of course we rented bikes for our weekend. It was basically the best and worst decision ever. Best because I felt like I really indulged in the culture and it was so quick to get around! Worst because I can't tell you how many bruises are on my legs or the number of times I nearly got ran over. I might have almost fell off my bike 10 times leading others to fall off theirs. It was quite the experience!
So about this culture shock. If you have ever heard about the red light district you probably have a clear vision of what it is like. Well it is about 10 times more intense than you think. I would say google it but I'm almost afraid of what would pop up.
In the simplest way, don't take children and go with an open mind.
The food was so flippin good. To be honest though I only really ate street food majority of the time; pizza, hot dogs, fries, take out. It was delicious! It felt like part of the experience.
On our last night we hopped on a small boat to cruise through the various canals of the city. Speaking of canals.. There are literally like 10 different canals making it so easy to get lost. But we managed especially on our bikes.
For being in such a strange city I was sad to leave because it felt like a never ending adventure.
WHERE I SHOP
The Impeccable Pig