Amsterdam is known to offer tourists a certain something that can’t be found (legally) elsewhere. It has gained it’s reputation around that, and only that. But, Amsterdam is so much more! It’s full of culture, museums, interesting food, and bicycles by the thousands. My reasons for loving Amsterdam had nothing to do with its tourist-drawing reputation and everything to do with the other things it has to offer.
Mardi Gras is one of the biggest parties to happen anywhere in the world, and it draws all sorts of people to it. It is also an awesome representation of the distinct culture of New Orleans, which is festive and colorful all year round. I didn’t make it down to Mardi Gras this year, but in its honor this week, I’ll tell you a bit about my trip a few years ago.