First, let me start off by saying that hands down Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities that I have been to thus far in terms of culture/atmosphere. It is so incredibly unique architecturally, the people are all beautiful, and of course it is incredibly liberal. We happened to go the weekend of the Gay Pride Festival, which meant that on saturday literally the entire city was raging their asses off in canals, rooftops, public squares, etc. I have never seen anything like it before and it was hands down one of the most amazing experiences of my life.
Aside from aimlessly walking among the canals, visiting the flower market, and sampling what seemed like thousands of different flavored dutch cheeses, I made it to the Anne Frank House, which was truly an experience. It was my second time visiting the house (I was very young last time I was there), but it still had the same effect - truly makes me appreciate my life and everything around me. Afterwards we enjoyed the atmosphere surrounding the canal parade, danced around with vibrantly dressed queens, and enjoyed life. There is no better way to describe it besides pure bliss.
The nightlife in Amsterdam was equally crazy. There was a giant rave in the middle of Rembrant Square for the festival, so you all know where I was Afterwards we checked out an underground club with some German DJ playing - it was your typical euro-underground trance club, nothing super memorable about the club or dj but definitely glad I went in. Overall though, this weekend was more than I could have imagined.
It is so weird to think that this is my last week in Brussels, and that I leave for Italy on Saturday. With all the paper writing though, I am ready to get out of here, go to Viterbo and just sit on the fountain by porta fiorentina people watching.