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Learn all about life in Amsterdam from the point of view of a self-described sarcastic expat. Go beyond the usual cliches about the joys of cycling and consumption of raw herring and bitterballen. Obviously, no blog about this city can possibly not feature articles about cycling, however, here you’ll learn about the seven almost deadly sins of Amsterdam cyclists, and all about the kind of people one tends to come across on Amsterdam’s bike lanes.

In addition to features about cycling, learn about the common scams often pulled by taxi drivers, many of whom regard tourists and foreigners in general as being a kind of biological ATM, from which they can withdraw vast amounts of money by charging criminally high prices to the unaware.

In addition, my articles about Amsterdam also feature important local news such as Justin Bieber’s alleged plan to buy a penthouse in the center of town. Plus other useful information about life in Amsterdam

Five Essential Tips For King’s Day In Amsterdam 2017

Essential Tips For King’s Day In Amsterdam 2017 The Dutch are incredibly individualistic, and wouldn’t dream of dressing alike, apart from when it’s time to celebrate the birthday of their King. (Willem-Alexander, not Elvis).     I know that many of my readers are old hands at King’s day, and …

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Seven Tips for Justin Bieber about life in Amsterdam

A Letter to Justin Bieber Dear Justin, The media is full of stories excitingly reporting that you’re moving to Amsterdam. With this in mind, even though I’m not a fan of your music, which in my opinion is an excellent alternative to laxatives. The Shallow Man has decided to help you by providing seven insider tips, …

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Five Common Scams of Amsterdam Taxi Drivers

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The common scams of Amsterdam taxi drivers One of nature’s greatest events is the great salmon run. Every year grizzly bear families in North America depend for their survival on the return of hundreds of millions of salmon from the Pacific Ocean to the mountain streams where they were born.   The …

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Pride Prejudice and Brexit

The Brexit referendum will take place soon. When it comes to the EU, the Shallow Man is as happy as a Dutch girl shopping at G-Star Raw. For this reason, I have struggled to understand why so many of my fellow British citizens are so keen on leaving the comforting bosom of …

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5 Reasons to Learn Salsa Dancing in Amsterdam

5 Reasons to learn Salsa Dancing The Shallow Man while making some ‘observations’ about a salsa dance routine I witnessed on one of the many dancing ‘talent’ shows, was challenged to go and try out a salsa dancing class. Many, many years ago I attended a couple of salsa dancing …

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Amsterdam Tourism the Solution

The Shallow Man loves Amsterdam like Dutch men love hairgel. I have more love for this beautiful city than Dutch women have for cigarettes. I have more passion for Amsterdam than Dutch people who say “if you don’t like Zwarte Piet rot op naar je eigen land.” My love for this …

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Crime in Amsterdam the Seven Deadly Sins

Crime in Amsterdam

The Seven Deadly Sins of Crime in Amsterdam This week there was yet another assassination in Amsterdam believed to be connected to an ongoing war between some crime syndicates.  In the same week a survey was published which showed that Amsterdam has the highest number of reported crimes in the Netherlands. Distracted by this, the Shallow Man had a …

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Why Amsterdam Taxis are the Best in the World!

Amsterdam Taxis the best in the world! The Shallow Man is proud to say that my blog is well read internationally. I often receive messages from people planning to visit or move to Amsterdam. I recently received the following message from a reader who is planning to have a long …

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