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There are no fat Dutch people

and other interesting facts about Amsterdam

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Here are some things I learned about Amsterdam :

  • The waste water in Amsterdam contains the highest concentration of cocaine in the world.
  • This probably also explains the way people cycle in Amsterdam (!) Cyclists have right of way, even over pedestrians. I kept having to dodge cyclists until I figured it out.
  • On average, 50 people a year fall into the canals and have to be rescued. Most of these people are drunk tourists.
  • The canals of Amsterdam are full of bicycles, so if you decide to go for a swim in a canal , you'll probably get impaled on one.
  • The average height of a Dutch woman is 170 cms. Which means that I was a frickin' midget, though apparently Dutch men find small curvy Indian girls tres exotique.
  • The highest point in Amsterdam is only 2.2 metres above sea level. The lowest is around 5 metres below sea level
  • I found many bizarre shops in the city - The Condomerie (highly recommended for Valentines Day) - http://condomerie.com/ & a shop dedicated to toothbrushes, which was across the street from the Kit Kat shop


  • I also realised that I heart Amsterdam.


Posted by carol.maseyk 12:21 Archived in Netherlands Tagged amsterdam

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