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It’s easy to pick up some gouda at your local Albert Heijn grocery store in Amsterdam, but you want the real experience! You want to be fed slivers of salty goodness by a plump gnome-looking woman wearing wooden shoes. Well, I can’t promise you that entire experience, but I can provide you with tips to make your first trip to a kaaswinkel a success. Educate Yourself on Types of Cheese Sure, that little Dutch woman can teach you about specific brands of cheese, but show that you’ve done your homework by boning up on the primary types. First, there’s gouda, the best-loved cheese…

One of my favorite things to do when traveling is to try new foods. Okay, okay: that is my favorite activity! Amsterdam has a vibrant food culture, and many dishes you can’t get anywhere else. Make your list for what to eat in Amsterdam. 1. Stroopwafel (Warning: this list is going to contain a lot of carbs). We’re not big on waffles in the US, but Europe is. In contrast to the thicker, cakelike waffles you’ll find in Belgium, the stroopwafel (syrup waffle) is a flat, thin, crunchy thing. In fact, it’s two waffles in one, stuck together with delicious sticky syrup. Where…

Few cities in Europe parallel the beauty of Amsterdam, the “Venice of the North.” With brightly-colored houseboats bobbing up and down on the canals that ring the old city center, you don’t have to go far to find beautiful places to visit in Amsterdam. Museums If you like your beauty in the form of art, Amsterdam is home to several notable museums, including the Rijksmuseum. This art museum houses some of the best-known Dutch artists like Vermeer and Rembrandt, and serves as a lesson in Dutch history and art. If modern art is your bag, check out the Stedelijk. Its…