Amsterdam is one of my favorite cities in the world. Having explored this northern European urban jewel several times in the past, it was only recently during a very brief summer trip that I felt like I finally saw its true colors. Maybe because this time I was visiting a dear friend and got to experience the place from inside rather than following typical tourist routes. Or maybe it just took so many times to break down the city’s grayscale into its rich components. Of course it could also be that I spent the past three years traveling the world and now my eyes are just better trained to see. Whatever the case, I truly love Amsterdam and wouldn’t mind one day staying a little bit longer. Thank you, Masha, for taking me all over the place on your bike and helping me decipher your incredible city!