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Exploring the Charms of Amsterdam: A Blend of Cultures with Cheese, Tulips, Museums, and more

As frequent visitor to Amsterdam, Netherlands, I have come to appreciate the unique blend of cultures that this city offers. What initially drew me to Amsterdam was the connection I had with the city through my Armenian friends and sister who moved there to study and live. Over time, my visits to Amsterdam have become more frequent, and I have delved deeper into Dutch culture, exploring the differences and similarities between Dutch and German cultures.

Lilit and her sister pose smiling in colorful raincoats in front of a canal in Amsterdam, the weather is rather gray and rainy.
Lilit and her sister pose smiling in colorful raincoats in front of a canal in Amsterdam, the weather is rather gray and rainy.© Lilit

Cheese, Tulips, Museums

One of the highlights of Amsterdam for me is the incredible selection of cheese. Dutch cheese, particularly Gouda and Edam, are renowned for their rich flavors and variety. Visiting the local cheese markets and trying out different types of cheese has become a delightful culinary adventure for me. The Dutch take their cheese seriously, and I have been fascinated to learn about the cheese-making process and the cultural significance of cheese in Dutch cuisine.

Tulips are another iconic symbol of the Netherlands, and Amsterdam is no exception. The sight of colorful tulips blooming in the city’s parks, gardens, and even on the streets is a breathtaking experience. I even have wooden tulips in my house from Amsterdam, which serve as a beautiful reminder of the city’s charm and the connection I have with it.

Amsterdam is also a city of museums, with a plethora of options to choose from. The famous Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, and Anne Frank House are just a few of the many world-class museums that Amsterdam has to offer.

Lilit poses with a tall stack of cheese wheels in the streets of Amsterdam.
Lilit poses with a tall stack of cheese wheels in the streets of Amsterdam.© Lilit
Lilit is sitting at the window of a small tourist boat, taking a tour of the canals of Amsterdam.
Lilit is sitting at the window of a small tourist boat, taking a tour of the canals of Amsterdam.© Lilit

Apart from cheese, tulips, and museums, Amsterdam has much more to offer. The city’s vibrant and diverse atmosphere ensures that there is always something to do and see. From biking along the picturesque canals and exploring the charming neighborhoods to enjoying the thriving nightlife and savoring the local cuisine, Amsterdam never fails to captivate me.

The Dutch are known for their open-mindedness, tolerance, and acceptance of diversity, which is reflected in the city’s welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.

Lilit is standing on a bridge in Amsterdam, it's slightly windy.
Lilit is standing on a bridge in Amsterdam, it's slightly windy.© Lilit

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