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Sensory Amsterdam
Sensory Amsterdam

Good travelers travel with all their senses, taking in a place's sights, sounds, and flavors to get the full experience. So, this past summer in Amsterdam, I engaged all my senses to connect with the culture. A key for really enjoying Amsterdam is to go local -- feeling the bricks and pavement beneath two wheels. I always rent a bike here. The clerk at the rental shop explained why they don't carry mountain bikes in this very flat country: "Mountain bikes in the Netherlands make no sense at all. When a dog takes a dump, we have a new mountain." The lack of hills makes biking a breeze. Much of my Amsterdam experience is framed by my black bike's handlebars: the...

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