The Dutch are the tallest people in the world, with men reaching an average height of 184cm (about 6ft 1in), which makes stadium seating and balconies a blessing for expat concert-goers across the city hoping to see more than the backs of heads.
Amsterdam’s claimed this title since at least 2006, but the number of different nationalities keeps increasing, clocking in at 180 in 2015. That puts NYC’s measly 150+ (in 2012) to shame. Also beating NYC in the No. 2 spot? Antwerp. Who knew?
According to stats map-maker Jakub Marian, using data from the Special Eurobarometer 386, no other EU country outside the British Isles has such a high concentration of people who can chat you up in English. That obviously counts double for Amsterdam. Thank the whole multicultural trading city thing, of course -- but the non-dubbed TV and movies even more.
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: there’s more to the Netherlands than windmills, tulips, and colorful smoking paraphernalia. While the country’s most famous sites are well worth seeing (especially come spring), there are a whole bunch more absolutely stunning places you’re probably missing out on. We’re calling it: these are the Netherlands’ 13 greatest underrated hits by nature and man. The best part is you won’t even have to compete with hordes of tourists to see them.
11 Cold-Weather Activities That Will Remind You Why Winter in Minnesota Is Actually the Best
Summer is easy to like. It’s got sunshine, water sports, and the built-in nostalgia of time off from school. But winter? That takes some more gumption to appreciate. While other parts of the country are either freaking out over a light snowfall or counting down the days ’til spring, living in Minnesota -- where temps are regularly below freezing and the average annual snowfall is more than 70 inches up north -- means you learn to relish the freezing weather rather than hide from it. With the right mindset, winter is secretly the best time of the year, with plenty of cold-weather activities in the Twin Cities and around the state to keep you active and engaged with your fellow Minnesotans. From dog sledding to ice sculptures to a truly epic foraged tasting menu, we have a little bit of everything here to help you brighten up the coldest months.
From the outside, Amsterdam seems to be the land of “anything goes,” and sure -- you can do a lot here that you can’t do elsewhere. But guess what? We’ve got rules here just like the rest of the world. Crazy, right?! So let’s run down what activities actually get the green light, the turn-a-blind-eye orange light, and the straight-up illegal red light.