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What are the Amsterdam spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
This is a bit of a stereotype, but as always, stereotypes are there for a reason; the Amsterdam canals. For some reason, however, most tourists tend to follow the crowd and they consequently stick to the canals closest to the attractions. As there are over one hundred kilometres of canals in the city, however, there are plenty that are quieter and more tucked away. My advise would be to visit those! Typically, the canals east of the Red Light district tend to be less 'discovered'.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a law and political science student. I started with law, and found it easier than I thought; therefore, I decided to start political science as well.
What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Just a few years ago, the area I was living in - Bos en Lommer - was a big no-go zone. Now, it's a hotspot with art galleries, hip bars and cool shops. This process of gentrification is happening all across Amsterdam, making all neighbourhoods cool places to visit!
What’s the one place in Amsterdam you think is underrated?
My neighbourhood, Bos en Lommer!
Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:
Go to the Haparandadam and gaze as you find yourself in the middle of the mighty river IJ - with just water to surround you!