Most of the people who hears about Amsterdamers they think at first that they must smoke a lot of weed. I must burst the bubble and tell you that is totally untrue. Indeed Amsterdam has its regular smokers and occasional smokers but I can promise you are not as much as you think. Usually regular weed smokers are the young people. You might wonder why is that? For the simple fact that when something is not forbidden it’s not that attractive anymore. This would be the first psychological reason and the second is not all population is pro drugs even if they are soft.
Rules are rules in Amsterdam
When you live in Amsterdam, you must obey the rules. Actually in all the country is like that. If you have been catch to do the wrong thing most of the time you must pay for it. Such an example would be if you paid your parking for 6 hours and you are late 5 minutes and you’ve been catch’ d, you will have to pay a fine. It does not matter that you already paid so much. For any service you need an appointment. This is good that you can plan your day properly but is also not so good because your chances to be spontaneous are getting smaller and smaller.
The weather plays a big part in all Dutch small talk, but that’s kind of it. You never see someone getting back from their plans due bad weather. Rain, wind or storm if we planned to go roller skating we are going. Because Dutch weather is so unstable you just live your life without paying too much attention to it. Any day with a sunshine is spent outdoors. Maybe is weird to see people at 20 degrees outside, laying in the sun on the canal shores but this is a regular thing to do. Or when the canals are frozen, people are skating on it.
Amsterdam center is overrated
After a while you go less and less in the city center. The weekly city trips looses its charm over the years, but this would happen anywhere in the world you live. This and also that parking is horrendous expensive. From 7€/h. Yes, per hour. Unless you make use of public transport. When you drive a car in Amsterdam and you have an accident with a bike, most of the time is your fault even if it’s not. In The Netherlands is considered that you are the one who drive a machine weighting more than 1 tone so you need to take care of bikers and pedestrians.
People are nice
If you live in Amsterdam all people smiles at you and you smile back. Even to people which you don’t know. It’s an unspoken Dutch courtesy. Most of the people in Amsterdam speaks English. So, that’s a plus for your communication and and minus of you want to learn the language. Unless you are surrounded by old people, then are slim chances that they are speaking English.
If you live in Amsterdam you can find or cook any type of food. Chinese? Check! Indonesian? Check. Mexican? Check! Lebanese? Check! Turkish? Check! Do you want to cook for yourself? There are shops for any part of the world you want. Exotic fruits and vegetables? Special nuts? American products? You can find it all.
When you live in Amsterdam you will know that the best meat you find it at the butcher, the best fruits at the supermarket, the best cheese at the cheese shop.
You can visit any day of the week farms where you can pet and feed all kind of animals like sheep, goats, cows, chickens, rabbits and more. You can buy fresh products like eggs and fresh milk from the farms in Amsterdam.
When you live in Amsterdam you know you can order food everyday. Via Thuisbezorgd you can choose the hundreds of restaurants and each day of the week to have a different cuisine.
In Amsterdam living standards are high
You can and might get yourself insured for anything. Did you visit a friend and broke an expensive vase? Your insurance will pay for it. Of course, if you had an insurance for it. When living in Amsterdam you will never find a hole in any road or street and seems like all the time are road works in the city, which might be true.