Every year thousands of tourists descend upon Amsterdam to explore the city and take in its many sights. They are usually easy to spot but it is not always their maps and suitcases that give them away. Sometimes there are more subtle signs that can be used to tell the tourists in Amsterdam apart from the locals.
11 ways to spot tourists in Amsterdam:
1) Tourists will be the only ones wearing any item of clothing with the name ‘Amsterdam’ printed on it.
2) Despite the many photo opportunities offered by Amsterdam’s beautiful canals, stylish architecture and impressive museums tourists will be the ones excitedly taking photos of Fabo.
3) Tourists will be the ones talking the loudest about visiting the Red Light District (and lying the most about what they are going to do there).
4) They will also be the loudest ones on the train from Schipol to Amsterdam and the quietest ones on the way back (usually due to hangovers).
5) They will be the ones who are most fascinated by wooden shoes and will be unable to resist the temptation of sitting in a giant novelty clog.
6) They will be the ones standing in front of a train ticket machine, holding a 50 euro note, trying to figure out where the paper money slot is (and inevitably try putting it in the debit card slot).
7) They will also be the ones trying to scan their home printed train ticket on the OV readers.
8) They will be the ones who are most surprised to discover that ‘vla’ does not mean ‘milk’.
9) A family of tourists will be the one cycling in a group down a pedestrian street and along the tram tracks oblivious to the danger.
10) Ironically, they will also be the ones who mistake a cycle path for a foot path despite the large amount of bicycles swerving around them.
11) English tourists are the ones who will look the most confused about Dutch waiters always ‘forgetting’ to put milk in the tea.
Are there any more signs that I have missed? How do you recognise tourists in Amsterdam?