I spent a half-day walking around the centre of Amsterdam following a speaking engagement. I can never decide how I feel about this city.
It's a place with many scenes of great beauty - water, trees, long vistas with distant vanishing points, interesting and colourful buildings. Yet at the same time, there's so much that's ugly - prostitutes and the men looking for them, clouds of skunk-smelling smoke from seedy cafes and equally seedy passers-by, over-dense human population and the mess that accompanies it, endless junk food served by people with scorn for their customers.
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