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The Louvre in Paris

Literally. To celebrate Queen’s Day (April 30th), the area of town known as Dam has been overtaken with cotton candy vendors and carnival rides. This is a city that is never lacking for energy and with the country’s biggest holiday approaching, the city is in full celebration mode.

Saturday, I hung out all day at Vondelpark which is apparently the thing to do when the weather is nice. The park was absolutely packed. Alcohol was flowing freely, frisbees and kites flying, soccer balls were kicked around. Young, old, affluent and ghetto alike – everyone comes to the park to hang out and enjoy life. The Dutch word “gezellig” comes as close as any to describing this spirit.

According to Wikipedia, when “one is with family and/or friends, light is right, people are right, music is right, conversation is right, then the atmosphere ‘gezellig’.” All of life in Amsterdam seems to revolve around this attitude. Enjoy life and the the rest will work itself out.

Amsterdam offers up a slice of all parts of humanity. It is a famously international city with a festive spirit that is matched in few corners of the earth.