Super-famous-history-book-writing dude Simon Schama recently called Amsterdam “the most liberal city in the world” (take that, Portland) and that sure sounds enticing to the casual traveller... but what is it exactly that you can do here that you can’t do in, say, the US? A whole lot, actually.
1. Smoke weed in public
It’s obvious, so let’s get it out of the way. Sure cannabis is legal now in Colorado and Washington State (though still going through teething pains), but thanks to their no-smoking-in-public (“clean air”) laws, the Netherlands keeps its monopoly on coffee shops.