And then I went to Amsterdam! Which is honestly my favorite city in the world (so far ha). You say ‘Amsterdam’ and a lot of people automatically have a bad connoation with it. But honestly, the city is beautiful. They really have things figured out. I felt safe at all hours in the Red District (which unless you want a prostitute, isn’t where the real party is at anyhow). EVERYone rides bikes. We even rented some for a few days! We were able to ride all over town, to museums and some of the most beautiful parks I’ve ever seen (I’m in love with Vondelpark, pictured). You wouldn’t believe they were in a big city. And it’s clean! There’s canals everywhere, in the way that Venice is on water, there’s canals all through Amsterdam, but there’s no complaints of smell or rats or anything like that. And the people are unbelievably friendly. I would love to go to grad school there *pipe dream* but in the very least I know I’ll go back.
Also, the weather is much more my style. Very Oregon-y. I had to buy pants and sweaters while I was there, I wasn’t prepared at all after a summer in southern Italy. It was so nice to be somewhere green again.