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What's up with Amsterdam?

When I was living in Spain, enjoying the wonderful and relaxed lifestyle the Spaniards taught me, people from all over the world asked me about my home country.

What’s up with coffee shops? What’s up with the red light district?

I liked answering these questions.

Since I’ve been back, I have been running this website to answer all those burning questions the world seems to have about this tiny country, with it’s friendly but also rather peculiar people.

Amsterdam: a popular tourist destination

In the last few years, Amsterdam has become a very popular tourist destination. The enormous growth of tourism has also put a lot of stress on, especially the centre of, Amsterdam.

The inner city: the ‘red light district’ and the canal rings are not just a tourist attractions, they are places where people live, work, play and carry on with their daily life.

On this blog I’m therefore also trying to direct visitors towards areas that just as remarkable as the Amsterdam historical centre, but are not featured in the standard tourist guides.

What’s up with Amsterdam: for expats & new comers

For people who fall in love with this city and trying to make a more permanent move here, for them there is also a lot of information to make the move easier:
trying to find a place to live, understanding Dutch culture through customs, traditional Dutch food and the peculiarities of the Dutch language.

History and stories of the city

A lot of the stories on What’s up with Amsterdam are dotted with historical facts and stories. That is because I myself am a tourist guide.
I will be most happy to show you around during your visit.
Contact me for more information on What’s up Tours.

Your guide to Amsterdam

I hope this website is an entertaining and informative guide for all those interested in Amsterdam.
I have worked as a journalist and editor for over 15 years, so getting the facts right is very important to me.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please let me know by sending me an email with the contact form on this page.
My thanks is great!

Oh, and (almost) all photos are made by me as well.

Enjoy and tot ziens,
Tanja

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6 comments

Kees van Elk February 14, 2012 at 23:44

I was born in Voorburg. I have lived now in the United States for 50 years and still miss Holland. Two years ago we did a barge bicycle tour in south holland on the Elodie. After the tour we took the bus to Marken I had no small change so the bus driver let us ride there for free. I just want to say thank you Mr. Bus driver.You can take a dutchman out Holland but you can’t take the Dutch out of a Hollander.

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Janette Van Gorden February 15, 2012 at 00:19

I might be making a trip to Amsterdam soon & I came across your site. Would appreciate it if you could send some more info.
Thanks
Janette

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Navin Nainwal March 26, 2012 at 10:30

I am travelling to Amsterdam from 8th April, 2012 to 28th April, 2012, basically I will be at Ede, I want to know the best beaches near, Ede and other tourist destinations nearby.
Rgds

Navin Nainwal

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Tanja March 26, 2012 at 13:16

Hello Navin,
Ede is nowhere near the coastal area, so going to the beach will be a problem. But The Netherlands is small so if you don’t mind traveling a bit…by train maybe. Check at the local Tourist information to see what things are around Ede to visit. Have fun.
Tanja

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I C July 19, 2012 at 15:02

Tanja, Love your spirit and your website

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Tanja July 22, 2012 at 12:10

Thank you!

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