Common misconception 

So you’ve all heard you can legally smoke weed in Amsterdam right. It’s the fundamental reason most people visit the city. It’s nothing monumental to be told this; however before I visited the city, from some people there is an air of snootiness about the place. Which I think is totally unfair. 

Common ignorance would have you believe it’s the seediest of places, with prostitutes on every corner and so much weed smoking that the whole city is covered by a massive cloud of smoke. In fact the truth is, it’s not like that at all. 

There are sex shops. But they look like Ann summers, it’s nothing new. Of course there are strip clubs etc. IF you go looking for them, which I’m pretty sure is the same in every city. Sex sells and there’s always a demand for it.

Apart from smoking weed and visiting the (most interesting) sex museum, there is so much more to Amsterdam. Everywhere you look there is quintessential European architecture, culturally rich and aesthetically pleasing. There are quaint traditional Dutch patisseries on every corner offering an array of delicious looking pastries (do not expect to be on a carb free diet in Holland). And there is also a more relaxed and neutral atmosphere, especially compared to London. I really entered this city with the wrong attitude, and I do not want others to do the same. It’s a beautiful city – make the most of it. Rather then going and getting stoned 24/7. You will miss out on experiencing a fantastic city. 

Fashion & beauty tips for Amsterdam 

As previously mentioned, everyone in this city is so god damned laid back. When you enter central London you see all sorts of fashion eccentricities and glamour. Amsterdam is nothing like that – over the whole weekend I didn’t see one girl who looked overtly glamorous or dressed up. (I only wish someone had told me all this so I didn’t traipse around the city looking like a tourist attraction dressed to the odds like kendra wilkinson) 

1. Casual clothing rules here. Think jeans with a nice top and boots, simplistic outfits. I honestly saw not one person in heels. 

2. Beware of the cobblestones. The roads here in Amsterdam central are mainly cobblestones so trainers or flat shoes which are easy to walk in are highly advisable. 

3. Make up wise most people look rather natural. So go for nude shades, lipgloss and an overal natural glow. 

4. In terms of hair, anything goes here really. But if you want to blend in and look like a local, bright blonde hair with cute plaits to match! (See below image, I really tried hard to look Dutch) 


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