Amsterdam in November

Amsterdam, which takes its name from the Dutch meaning, “the dam through the river Ansel”, has 150km of canals and over 400 bridges–more canals than Venice. The city is extremely diverse and what impressed me the most was how accepting the people of Amsterdam are overall. For example, our Uber driver moved from Washington D.C. and said it was much easier to integrate with the locals compared to, say, France. There are over 177 cultures living in the city.

Amsterdam is populated with SO many bikes throughout the city; the saying to avoid getting run over is, “If you hear a bell, run like hell.”

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Ramiti Paradise in Fakarava

In preparation for our family’s big trip back to French Polynesia, we asked our relatives what their favorite islands were. Out of the 118 ones to choose from, Fakarava (population: 800) came up over and over again. After visiting, I can certainly see why. It is actually the second largest atoll in French Polynesia, which, I learned, refers to ring-shaped land forming around a lagoon. The waters there were the bluest I’ve ever seen, and I was happy to have made a new “Ramiti Family” at the pension we stayed at. The motto was fittingly, “where the sky meets the sea.”

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