Friends, I am in a pickle. My husband is longing to go to Amsterdam this year, and I just do not want to go! The more I think about it, the less I want to, and I am afraid I am digging in my heels and inventing reasons to resist. Here's the situation.
We have a month off work in November. We'll spend a big chunk of that being temporary Londoners in a friend's flat in Maida Vale (b/c, boring old people, but also because we dream of retiring in London).
We want to go two other places in Western Europe during the month, and are having trouble deciding where.
He is REALLY REALLY excited about making one of those places Amsterdam, and... I am just not feeling it.
I took a YouTube walking tour of Amsterdam recently, to try and rev myself up. It was about 30 minutes of strolling along, moving from a kind of crap modern area (near the train station, maybe?) in toward the cuter canal neighborhoods. Frankly, the city seemed kind of shambly and boring. The canals looked pretty, but not particularly exciting. The parks were a little dirty. Much of the architecture was lovely, but in such a low-key way that it didn't make me say "oooh - gotta go there and see that!"
I don't smoke pot. I am pro-drug-legalization and have no problems with it - I just don't do pot. It makes me smile too hard and feel goofy, and I hate that.
I don't care about a sex district. I used to live in New York when Times Square was as seedy as all get-out, so nothing shocks me and I have basically seen it all.
The museums are probably fabulous, but there are fabulous museums in Berlin and Barcelona and Madrid and Lisbon and Helsinki and Prague and Copenhagen and Budapest...
Rijsttafel is probably tasty, but tapas and jamon and smørrebrød and snails in garlic butter tickle my tastebuds more.
I really don't want to have a closed mind and be a whiny, reluctant partner!!! What am I missing? Can someone please try and convince me that I am super duper horribly wrong and Amsterdam is incredible?
Thank you!!! This is not "me" and I need some inspiration.