the canals, the bikes, the smell of weed outside the coffee shops, the tall skinny buildings. the architecture was one of the most impressive things.
you can ride a bike in a skirt, heels, flip flops, without a helmet, with a small child in front or behind you. you can ride a bike that squeaks, a bike that is rusty, a bike that is spray painted pink and decorated with flowers. two or three people can ride a bike while talking on their cell phone or to the person in the car beside them.