BOOM! Amsterdam is a town that you can walk around in for days and days without seeing any two buildings, streets, boats, bicycles, canals, or people that/who are alike. This place is various, quirky, baroque, delicious, and nutty all at the same time. . .and above you see some of the billions of sights that you can photograph, gaze at, contemplate, or simply walk right by without noticing strewn here, there, and everywhere. . .Amsterdam is old, ‘istoric, and totally worthy of your attention.
Whenever I am here I always remember reading about John Adams living and working here for two full years to obtain funding from Dutch merchants for the American Revolutionary War. The Dutch were and are prickly, difficult, and somewhat bamboozling to outsiders, and they were these things in spades with Mr. Adams…he writes about confusion and annoyance when trying to figure out which guy was in charge of what thing at a specific time–this kept changing as he would one moment think he had secured a specific bit of funding only to learn that the authority for that decision had shifted to another person who Adams then had to track down, secure an appointment with, and begin negotiations with all over again. Fortunately, John Adams was determined to secure said financing no matter what obstacles or games the Dutch wanted him to jump over or play. . .Adams jumped and played and so much more, and America came into being in large part because of his efforts. . .thank you, Mr. Adams and thank you, Nederlanders!!
Travel is so fun because one can think about these things while sipping tasty brews, eating delicious food, and soaking up the atmosphere in great towns like Amsterdam…jaaa!!
I send you vibes of perseverance and good intentions from the streets and canals of Amsterdam. . .feel them. . .they will help you smile with satisfaction today and every day.
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It’s lovely out there.