Amsterdam, my first International trip without the US Army. It was an amazing time and I met some amazing people. Very peaceful place when I visited; full of museums, small boutique shops and tons of coffee with cookies. The best part of Amsterdam for me was the architecture. It is not uncommon to see buildings 500 years or older still in operation, you just won’t see that anywhere in the United States. It is also notable how accepting the Dutch culture is. Everyone has a place and if there isn’t one they will gladly make one for you without judgement. I love that about a culture. Prices were on par with prices in the US so I spent a fair bit of money but nothing too outrageous. I did eat out every meal though. The most unexpected enjoyable part of the trip was the museums. I didn’t think they were going to be as interesting as they were. The Dutch have influenced and been influenced by just about every culture on the planet which makes for a very interesting history line complete with life size paintings. The biggest non-letdown of the trip was the Tulip Fields. These fields are incredible, colorful tulips as far as the eye can see all done up in perfect rows. My suggestion is when visiting Keukenhoff, rent a bike and go explore. The surrounding town is fairly sleepy and fantastic for exploration. There is even a little nature walk just beside the pond (you’ll find it).