Second fact of the day: not all Dutch people smoke pot. In fact, only 11.4% of Dutch people age 15-24 have consumed cannabis and the number has been dropping steadily each year. Also, it is technically illegal to smoke pot in the Netherlands, though there is a policy of tolerance especially where the coffee shops of Amsterdam are concerned. So yes, you can smoke weed there, however, don't expect all your Dutch friends to accompany you. For more information on what's legal and what's not, check out this wonderful article from CNN:
Fourthly, the Dutch people do not wear wooden clogs everywhere they go and for all occasions. Undoubtedly some of the older generation, tiny tots and rural population still stick with the traditional Dutch clog to tromp about the country, but a majority of the population wear normal shoes like the rest of the world. However, they are still content to let us carry on thinking this common myth in order to help boost clog sales by the surplus of tourists that poor into Zanse Schaans annually.
Not that I'm telling to avoid de Wallen, but there are a slew of other more worthwhile attractions to check out should you find yourself meandering the streets of Amsterdam such as the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank Huis, Vondel Park, Artis (the zoo), Heineken Experience, Science Center Nemo, the Royal Palace, Heineken Music Hall, the Van Gogh Museum, and Albert Cuypmarkt just to name a few. I'm sure this blog post will be followed up with more regarding the Netherlands, Dutch culture and my experiences, but for now I hope you enjoyed our Friday edition.