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Amsterdam

The final leg of my European tour landed me in Amsterdam.  This city is so full of life and beauty.  Between the architecture along the canals to the bustling museum scene, there is a ton to do and way too much to see.  

What I love most is the sense of thoughtfulness, the notion that there is an intent behind design, form, and process.  The Dutch strike me as seriously pragmatic people (I mean hey, they've got social programs to aid heroin addicts and then there's the Red Light District).  The buildings lean forward a touch so you can hoist sofas up through the windows, the canals were built to move stagnant water away from city center, and every bar has a pet cat to kidnap vermin (and for me to pet).  This underlying sense of honesty, however jarring, is a philosophy I can definitely appreciate.

Homes along the canal...

Homes along the canal...

I was lucky enough to tag along with a new group of friends that showed me some of the coolest, non-touristy spots in the city.  We lounged at a jazz club one night, escaped seaside for an incredibly beautiful walk on the sand, and, of course, ate a the most delicious cafés.  This place was my favorite spot out of the entire trip!

Enjoying a chilly sunset.

Enjoying a chilly sunset.

On another note, I also decided that Rembrandt is the best at painting fancy pants and seriously swanky men in their coat of arms.  Sequins, beads, glittering gemstones, and velvety cloaks.  The men in his portraits were very well dressed and I'd love a pair of of those peachy trousers.

Rembrandt and his men with fancy pants.

Rembrandt and his men with fancy pants.

A seriously incredible installation at the Rijks Museum.

A seriously incredible installation at the Rijks Museum.

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