So instead we celebrated my birthday In Amsterdam.....not a bad place to ring in another year! I don't quite understand how a big city like Amsterdam manages to retain it's endless charm but a small place like Brugge doesn't. Amsterdam is quite easy to navigate once you've figured out how the main canals are laid out, and there are so many different sections of the city worth exploring. We hit museums, parks, movies, paddle boats around the canals, pancake houses, coffeeshops, and of course got a few good laughs and gasps in the red light district. We found some secondhand bikes and each day would bike in from our site at Camping Zeeburg and traipse all around the city. We also discovered Maoz, the best falaffel place ever! It's cheap and includes infinite trips back to the “salad bar” to reload your pita with any topping or sauce you could imagine. I'd also venture to say I had the best ice cream cone of the whole trip at a little cafe in Amsterdam (the cone was cinnamon-y and no cone has compared since), but I'll have to wait until we gelati-fy our way through Italy before settling on any conclusions.