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14th Nov '16 2:11:57 PM Jake
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ROr5uMpBDnk "American in Amsterdam"]] by Music/{{Wheatus}}, which may or may not be BasedOnATrueStory, is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. It doesn't go very well for the participants.
20th Oct '16 4:42:07 PM Outis
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*''Podcast/TheMagnusArchives'': The episode "Do Not Open" starts with the narrator and his friends (all recent graduates) going on holiday to Amsterdam, for exactly the reasons you'd expect (though he also takes time to [[IReadItForTheArticles admire the architecture]]).
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15th Oct '16 12:21:46 PM MyFinalEdits
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The rest of UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands is pretty much just one field of tulips after another with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Rotterdam odd windmill]] here and there; from the way people talk about it, you'd figure the Netherlands and Amsterdam were different countries.

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The rest of UsefulNotes/TheNetherlands is pretty much just one field of tulips after another with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_of_Rotterdam odd windmill]] here and there; from the way people talk about it, you'd figure the Netherlands and Amsterdam were different countries.



There is at least a grain of truth in this, since the Netherlands does have fairly lenient soft-drug laws and a thriving sex industry... and the Dutch do eat far more mayonnaise than most countries. However, Amsterdam is hardly more liberal than other major cities in Europe,[[note]]The most liberal drug laws in Europe are actually in UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} and UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic, where most drugs are decriminalized in personal-use quantities[[/note]] and in many aspects more restricted. Holding an open can of beer on the street is officially illegal (although it will rarely if ever get you a fine), smoking a joint outside is frowned on by the locals. The red light district doesn't differ all that much from the ones in, say, Brussels or Hamburg, except the prostitutes in Amsterdam at least look happier. Magic mushrooms have been banned (though the mayor flat-out refuses to order police raids to check and [[ExactWords truffles are not banned]]), and marijuana is actually only decriminalized rather than flat-out legal, meaning you simply won't be fined. And the sex museums, dildo shops and weed shrines? That stuff's just for tourists. The city has no stoner subculture to speak of--you either smoke or you don't, but it doesn't make you part of a social group--and most of the true hippies are stranded Americans looking for some change. Mentioning weed to most people over 50 and/or Christian gets pretty much the same reaction as it would in the States. As for the wooden shoes: nobody really wears them anymore. There are some small rural villages (e.g. Spakenburg) where people still occasionally dress in traditional clothing, of which wooden shoes can be a part, but the only other places you'll see the things are kitschy souvenir shops.

Any natives of the country you meet anywhere are pretty much guaranteed to have a last name that starts with [[TheVonTropeFamily Van, De, Van de, Van den, or Van der]]. In reality, a sizable minority of the Dutch have such last names, but don't expect to meet any of the others in any work of fiction.

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There is at least a grain of truth in this, since the Netherlands does have fairly lenient soft-drug laws and a thriving sex industry... and the Dutch do eat far more mayonnaise than most countries. However, Amsterdam is hardly more liberal than other major cities in Europe,[[note]]The most liberal drug laws in Europe are actually in UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}} and UsefulNotes/TheCzechRepublic, where most drugs are decriminalized in personal-use quantities[[/note]] and in many aspects more restricted. Holding an open can of beer on the street is officially illegal (although it will rarely if ever get you a fine), smoking a joint outside is frowned on by the locals. The red light district doesn't differ all that much from the ones in, say, Brussels or Hamburg, except the prostitutes in Amsterdam at least look happier. Magic mushrooms have been banned (though the mayor flat-out refuses to order police raids to check and [[ExactWords truffles are not banned]]), and marijuana is actually only decriminalized rather than flat-out legal, meaning you simply won't be fined. And the sex museums, dildo shops and weed shrines? That stuff's just for tourists. The city has no stoner subculture to speak of--you either smoke or you don't, but it doesn't make you part of a social group--and most of the true hippies are stranded Americans looking for some change. Mentioning weed to most people over 50 and/or Christian gets pretty much the same reaction as it would in the States. As for the wooden shoes: nobody really wears them anymore. There are some small rural villages (e.g. Spakenburg) where people still occasionally dress in traditional clothing, of which wooden shoes can be a part, but the only other places you'll see the things are kitschy souvenir shops.

Any natives of the country you meet anywhere are pretty much guaranteed to have a last name that starts with [[TheVonTropeFamily Van, De, Van de, Van den, or Van der]]. In reality, a sizable minority of the Dutch have such last names, but don't expect to meet any of the others in any work of fiction.
15th Oct '16 12:20:20 PM MyFinalEdits
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[[caption-width-right:180:Rated XXX. [[labelnote: By the way]] [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer We're not kidding when we say that's the actual city flag of Amsterdam.]] [[/labelnote]]]]

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25th Mar '16 2:25:56 PM KizunaTallis
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* Music/MarkusSchulz's song [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ps7oe5hAGg "Dancing in the Red Light"]] is a {{trance}}-y {{leitmotif}} for the city of Amsterdam, which is justified by Amsterdam's thriving ElectronicMusic fandom/scene.
13th Nov '15 2:01:04 PM StFan
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* The Belgian comic ''ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}'' has an issue called "De laatste Hollander" (the last Dutchman) which features this version of Amsterdam.

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* The Belgian comic ''ComicStrip/{{Urbanus}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Urbanus}}'' has an issue called "De laatste Hollander" (the last Dutchman) which features this version of Amsterdam.



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2nd Oct '15 1:07:44 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* The level "Flight of Fancy" in ''Franchise/SlyCooper [[VideoGame/SlyCooper3HonorAmongThieves 3]]'' is set (on the ground) in the rural version as well, complete with rural farmhouses and windmills...but justifies it by being set around an actual such location, at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windmills_at_Kinderdijk Kinderdijk]].

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* The level "Flight of Fancy" in ''Franchise/SlyCooper [[VideoGame/SlyCooper3HonorAmongThieves [[VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves 3]]'' is set (on the ground) in the rural version as well, complete with rural farmhouses and windmills...but justifies it by being set around an actual such location, at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windmills_at_Kinderdijk Kinderdijk]].
2nd Oct '15 1:07:06 PM TheGreatUnknown
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* The level "Flight of Fancy" in ''Franchise/SlyCooper [[VideoGame/SlyCooper3HonorAmongThieves 3]]'' is set (on the ground) in the rural version as well, complete with rural farmhouses and windmills...but justifies it by being set around an actual such location, at [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windmills_at_Kinderdijk Kinderdijk]].
12th Sep '15 10:28:51 AM fq
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* [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=marijuana&defid=83756 This]] in UrbanDictionary. Apparently Amsterdam is the only country (yes, ''country'') where marijuana is legal.
** Amusingly the statement isn't even correct if applied to Netherlands as a whole; marijuana is also legal in Bangladesh, Portugal, Peru, and Uruguay.

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* [[http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=marijuana&defid=83756 This]] in UrbanDictionary. Apparently Amsterdam is the only country (yes, ''country'') where marijuana is legal.
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legal. Amusingly the statement isn't even correct if applied to Netherlands as a whole; marijuana is also legal in Bangladesh, Portugal, Peru, and Uruguay.Uruguay but not in the Netherlands (where it's merely decriminalized).
21st Aug '15 7:59:21 AM demonfiren
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[[caption-width-right:180:Rated XXX. [[labelnote: By the way]] [[NotMakingUpThisDisclaimer We're not kidding when we say that's the actual city flag of Amsterdam.]] [[/labelnote]]]]

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