I find Amsterdam to be such an interesting city. It is a big, modern city yet it has small, quaint neighborhoods like the Jordaan that seem so livable. The bicycle is huge part of the culture here. I have never seen anything like it. There is every type and style of bike imaginable. I have seen cruisers, tandems, racing bikes and beat up old things that look they can barely move. In fact old bicycles outnumber new looking ones by about 100 to 1. There are also various carts and wagons that are attached to bicycles. Often you see mothers with their children in these sorts of carts. Baskets attached to the front handlebars and decorated with flowers seem to be popular with young women. The only time you see two bicycles that are the same is when they are clearly from a rental company.
We saw plenty of bicycles as we ventured to the center of the city to see Dam Square, and then we did a little self-guided walking tour of the red light district. We ended up at the Waag, where at one point Rembrandt sketched anatomy lessons. We had lunch at a bar facing the Waag called Stevens. My melted gorgonzola and smoked ham sandwich came on dark brown bread and was delicious.
Walking back to the apartment the photo and shopping opportunities were everywhere, and I can't help but to continue to be impressed by this diverse and fascinating city.