Amsterdam was fun and all, but my inability to get stoned( I’m immune to weed, it's true) and my lack of enthusiasm towards the red light district/sex museum (traumatic experience)/museums in general and um...the snow, meant it could have been a less the fantastic trip. However, a little ray of holiday sunshine hit us (alas, not literally) when we discovered the Amsterdam Public Library.
Sure, it's not really 'cosy' or 'intimate' but dude, it's sylin'. We went in on a freezing Sunday to find dance mats and guitar hero, plenty of free internet-connected macs, dvds galore and a damn trippy elevator (as high as I got). The cafe was okay too. Our hostel host (we stayed on a houseboat!) joked that it had been so important for the library to look modern and chic that half the books wouldn't fit so they just shoved them all into storage; perhaps he wasn’t joking. Anyhow, it's a hooker…erm, I mean ‘a looker’.