I've become fond of canal cities and the Nethelands in particular. I like that everyone speaks English and seems to be happy doing so. I thought I would feel a huge amount of guilt that I wasn't even trying to learn Dutch (Nederlands) but I rationalized that I couldn't try to learn two languages at once ... particularly not for one or two day trips here and there.
We were in Amsterdam last Wednesday because Arlo was invited to talk at University College Cork (in Ireland). Bear with me here, this does make sense. The university would pay for a direct flight into Cork on Aer Lingus. The two nearest options were Amsterdam or Berlin. We chose Amsterdam this time ... no particular reason.