by Nathalie Wargo
Amsterdam is an amazing city. It’s very existence defies laws of nature. Artists are inspired by “Venice of the North,” while college students around the world see the chance to “live free.”
However, sometimes a girl just can’t stay in the city. So out I went, sans map or any form of communication, to see what I could see. After a long and winding route, I ended up in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. On the way I went through Amsterdamse Bos, a 2,471 acre English style park owned by the City of Amsterdam. It was very neat and had petting zoos, horseback riding, sports arenas and boating. Then I cut across east to the Amstel River, which has its own interesting park with a small maze (which I never saw) and a tour train (which I did see). I followed the Amstel south and then back north from Oudekerk.
The countryside offered up enough beauty and uniquely Dutch views to satisfy even me. I got some great pictures that I can’t wait to play with. I hope you enjoy them, also!