15 Things I Learned While Visiting Amsterdam

1. People are tall. Like, really tall.

2. There is no concept of personal space.

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Line for the Anne Frank House

3. The city isn’t awake and functioning until 10am.

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Empty streets.

4. Bikes have the right-of-way over pedestrians, and even cars. And they’re just as fast as cars.

Bike parking garage.

Bike parking garage.

5. They love their gouda cheese.

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6. A friendly guy helping you with directions may just be a homeless man wanting money for his street knowledge.

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7. The city smells of fresh baked bread and weed.

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8. You can drink in public, just not in certain areas like the Red Light District, where it’s legal to shop for sex.

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9. Coffee shops = where people go to get high. For that matter, why don’t they just call them cannabis stores? Because it’s not legal, just decriminalized. A little backwards.

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10. Almost everyone speaks English, but nobody is speaking it.

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11. Stroopwafles are amazing and served everywhere. (like mini-waffles with the syrup already caramelized into them).

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12. They are serious about their clogs.

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13. Places give free donuts and apple fritters on NYE as part of Dutch tradition.

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Oliebollen

14. Don’t even go shopping; you can’t afford it.

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15. After this trip, I can definitely say I appreciate the Dutch things in life a little bit more.

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Touring the Broncos Stadium

The idea for today’s adventure came from a friend who mentioned the Sports Authority Field at Mile High stadium gives tours to the public. I thought that is something different! Football is America’s favorite sport and there is always so much excitement here in Denver when the Broncos are playing. Having never been able to afford to go to a Broncos game, I figured the next best way to see this 14 year old stadium is through a guided tour. The Sports Authority stadium caters to other sporting events as well, such as the lacrosse team, occasional college football games, and most recently the Guinness International Champions Cup (soccer). I learned all sorts of interesting things about this stadium; some I think a devoted fan may not even know about.

Image courtesy of Sportsauthorityfieldatmilehigh.com

The first one: have you ever noticed the stadium is in the shape of a horseshoe? I didn’t! If you look at this picture, you can also see the older Mile High stadium before they tore it down in 2001. The new stadium allows for more space, but oddly enough there are the same amount of seats (about 76,000). They included more restaurants, bathrooms, and club level suites and they also wanted the seats to be as close to the field as possible.

The tour starts out in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame. There were a lot of interesting things in here, but I didn’t get much time to look around because the tour was starting. The tour started out with a chock-full of information about the history of the stadium. I learned it cost $400 million to build, which $300 million of it was paid for by the metro Denver area taxpayers. You’re welcome, Broncos!

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Inside the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame


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The Denver Art Museum: Not Just for Art Aficionados

Lately I have been feeling in need of some cultural inspiration so I asked Ok Google, “What is the most popular museum in Denver?” Google told me it is the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, rightfully so, but I have already been there twice this year so I decided to go with the second most popular choice: The Denver Art Museum. Yikes. Art. Sounds like a snoozefest! But I figured it has to be the second most popular museum for a reason, so to Downtown Denver I went.

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The building outside alone had my curiosity sparked. There were interesting sculptures, a bridge that connected two large buildings, and the architecture was unique as it was designed to resemble “geometric rock crystals”.

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Mesmerized with the Chihuly glass at the Denver Botanic Gardens

Anytime there is a Chihuly glass exhibition in town, people come swarming. And that was no exception this weekend at the Denver Botanic Gardens. If you aren’t familiar with Chihuly glass, the best way to describe it is: exquisite, large blown glass structures of various shapes and colors that almost look like their own species. It was hard being amazed with the urban oasis around me when the glass structures were so prevailing.

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See what I mean? Just wow.

I learned lots of tips on this weekend’s adventure and I am eager to pass this information on to someone who hopefully will learn from me and enjoy it at it’s maximum enjoyment capacity. First of all, I am the type of person who will do something regardless if I have an adventure companion or not. I’d like to think I am independent and can enjoy doing things just as much by myself. I was completely wrong this time. There are so many interesting displays that I really missed having someone there to point things out to. So even if your friend complains, “Really, plants?” you should drag them along anyway.

Another tip is to go really early or much later in the day. I went at 2:00pm and it was so bright out and there were so many crowds of people that I didn’t get too many great pictures. And it was hot! When I left around 5:30pm, it was perfect for capturing vibrant pictures and there was a nice, cool breeze. The crowds were also dwindling down by that time. The park closes at 9:00pm so that should be plenty of time to peruse through the gardens. Also, don’t go on the weekend. (Unless you really have to!) At first I turned it into a game by finding the best way to dodge around people, but towards the end, I was getting really hot and annoyed. Especially when learning the person holding everyone else up along the path was because she couldn’t walk in her high-heels. (Tip: Don’t wear high-heels)

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