This is the Royal Palace in Dam Square, which was one of my favorite parts of the city. It’s a huge tourist area, but I just loved how there were always so many people around. The Palace was built as the town hall in 1655 during the Dutch Golden Age.
I love this picture and the gorgeous, gigantic Christmas tree. Around Christmas time they had a fair in Dam Square, and a weird mini-rave on Sinterklaas Day. Right behind the tree is the Nieuwe Kerk, a church that was built in the 15th century.
This is my favorite picture that I took in Amsterdam, and probably my favorite picture that I’ve ever taken. I really miss the trams — I wish more American cities had public transportation like that.
This is the National Monument in Dam Square, built in 1956 to commemorate the victims of World War II. It’s really phallic.
The Spui snake! This building was on the way to Spui, which was one of the first areas of the city that I became familiar with. If I wasn’t doing anything I would sometimes ride my bike over to Spui square just to do a loop of the city. One time when I was randomly passing through there was an outdoor market set up with a bunch of cool vendors, which is where I bought my first edition copy of Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut.
The Nemo is such a cool looking building. I never got around to going inside, which I regret – it’ll definitely be on my to-do list when I go back to Amsterdam. It’s so iconic as far as the city center of Amsterdam goes. This was the view from the canal boat ride I took.
The other side — even though I never went inside, Allison and Huppe and I did spend an afternoon on the roof one time, and that was cool. They have little fountains to dip your feet in, and it’s a nice place to bask in the sun for a day.
Speaking of basking in the sun, this is Vondelpark. It’s huge, and I think I only went there twice — the time that I took this picture and then when we went to the Filmmuseum.
Westerpark. Sometimes when I was homesick I would ride my bike here to write. It’s near the Jordaan, which was probably my favorite shopping area of the city – so many cool shops, and not TOO touristy. I got my nose pierced at a shop in Jordaan.
This is me in front of Centraal Station. Kim and I were on our way to the tram stop to begin one of our many adventures in the city.