What do you think of when you hear about Amsterdam?
No, not that…
Did you know that Amsterdam has more than 100 km of canals, about 90 islands, and 1500 bridges?
Located along some of these canals are houseboats. In fact, there are around 2,500 legally moored houseboats in Amsterdam, and it is unlikely that any more spaces will be added. Originally they were used as a way to deal with the housing shortage. In today’s world, they are in great demand.
After our trip to Amsterdam, the hubby thinks that it would be amazing to live on a houseboat in Amsterdam, even if it were for a brief amount of time. Since we are still raising teens, that possibility has been set somewhere in a distant future.
In the meantime, today is his birthday, so I thought I’d give him a visual of his dream and share a photo tour of some of the houseboats of Amsterdam.
I hope that you enjoy coming along on this canal tour of Amsterdam.
Home is the nicest word there is. -Laura Ingalls Wilder
May your walls know joy, may each room hold laughter, and may every window open to great possibility. -Mary Ann Radmacher-Hershey
Home is any four walls that enclose the right person. -Helen Rowland
The home should be the treasure chest of the living. -Le Corbusier
Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments. -Channing Pollack
I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself. -Maya Angelou
One of my future dreams is to be able to spend long enough in a new place to become immersed in its culture.
Amsterdam is one those cities in which I think I’d enjoy spending an extended amount of time living. However, I’m a little apprehensive about a houseboat. I’m concerned about the movement and if I’d be able to adapt.
An apartment in the city…absolutely.
What about you? Would you live in a houseboat?
Be sure to check out part 2 here.
Let your light shine!