I'm in the Pulitzer Hotel and my first room was at street level. I joked to the reception desk that I felt like one of those girls in that red photo below. So, they moved me to just about the best room in the house. There are three rooms, including a kitchen, on the top floor overlooking one of the canals. I wasn't really complaining, but they took it seriously.
rijsttafel, or rice table, which could be 10 to 40 small dishes of whatever the restaurant feels like giving you, and could cost from $25 to $50, or more. The link is mostly with Indonesia, but there is a strong Indian theme.
There are 16.5 million people and 18 million bicycles in the Netherlands, the only country with more of the latter than the former. Bicycle thefts are a fact of life in Amsterdam, so it is important to not only lock it, but use a metal cord that secures more than one wheel. Else, you will end up saving, say, one wheel.
museums, a famous Red Light District and tourists walking all over the place, day and night. There has been a Chinatown since the 1600's, a variety of outdoor markets, canals, Heineken beer, tulips (but only in the Spring) and windmills. Safer than most large cities in Europe, but this mostly comes from the tourist office. There are those coffee shops (no, not for coffee, but to buy and smoke marijuana, where, interestingly enough, you cannot smoke regular tobacco) and smart shops (for magic mushrooms and truffles, etc.), all not quite legal, but tolerated by the law.
238 in my hotel. I would say this is a Dutch-French fusion restaurant. I received a free Chardonnay from Languedoc, ordered a Merlot-Cabernot-Syrah from Languedoc, and ate an outstanding salmon on spinach accompanied by a huge Caesar salad.
Hurricane Jova made landfall as a Category 2 storm over Manzanillo, is weakening and will next affect Puerto Vallarta. There are also three other ocean storms in the general region: