My Amsterdam experience
On the 20th of December I spent the all day in Amsterdam, which is actually not my city (I live in Italy), but it’s what I consider the city of mine, the one I belong to. As everybody knows it, that travel was given to me as a birthday gift, the best I could ask for.
Have you ever felt crooked compared to other people, to the place you live in, to what you do in life? I often do, since I don’t know when. Then three years ago I came here for the first time, and I had the feeling that a crooked person in a crooked place may feel aligned, straight. That’s exactly how I feel everytime I visit the old part of the city.
The whole area is surrounded by wonderful, tall and leaning XVIIth century’s houses. I have heard different stories about how they became like that: because of the ground, to protect from the weather and many others; but it never interested me so much. I was instead very keen on a question: would I like them so much if they were straight and lined up? I don’t think so. I just like thinking that, even if they took a lot of time time to lean, they were made to be like this. I think I can’t help but loving them the way they are: sometimes it’s a luck to be imperfect.
Not only I love the architecture, but also what you find between a street and another one: the artificial canals. They complete the whole atmosphere making it magic and unique. The four principal canals are Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, and it is into those which is set the XVIIth century area.
Amsterdam is not only about bikes, cheese and entertainment. There is much more to see and to discover, every corner is different from the others, and those who haven’t seen the old area cannot say they have visited the city at all.
There is no other place I like more than this one, and it deserves to be a UNESCO World Heritage.
Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht – Netherlands