The new economy has brought prosperity all around evident from growing business zones and transformation of the general landscape surrounding ancient town houses and canals.
With about ¾ of a million of populace, the transformation of
a hippie haven to a buzzing business city is not yet complete. The culture of
free thinking and collective living has not yet gone away. Only the free
culture is not an offshoot of semi legal toxic and exotic plants, but a by
product of successful economic growth today.
Today’s Amsterdam does not welcome the hippie youth that thinks getting high on hash is a part of the city’s culture but prefers youth that have a spending capacity. It’s not that one can’t smoke hash but
Amsterdam has slowly
transformed itself into a city where you can smoke hash and enjoy the city
without a big damage to the pocket.
It would be wrong to think that the locals are addicted or are always high on marijuana. They are busy planning and remodeling a few town houses into various centers of innovative business, they are busy biking around or tasting ethnic food or just relaxing watching life from the sidelines reading newspapers on a sidewalk café.
English is most prevalent language of
Amsterdam; it is spoken fluently by a major
portion of the populace. The basic attitude of people here is very friendly and
carefree, as much that one could chat up a local in course of one beer.
own tourist organization strewn around with multi lingual attendants. These
Associations for Foreign Travel, as they are called or in short VVV
(fay-fay-fay), book accommodations, help making travel arrangements and keeps the visitor abreast with latest
programmes. They also publish Amsterdam Day by Day, a monthly magazine stating
programmes for the month for a mere $2.50. province