Last week, I spent a few days in London for business. It was my second time traveling there, last September being my first visit. I’ve never spent more than a few days there at a time, so I’m hardly an expert, but I’ve spent enough time there to form an opinion.
London, like New York, is probably a great place to live. There is plenty to see and do, and the city is quite large, so there are lots of neighborhoods and streets to explore. However, it’s not for me.
I don’t think of Amsterdam as a quiet city, but it really is, especially when compared to London. I don’t miss the noise of traffic, the throngs of people busily walking down a street, or pushing each other to get into a subway. Amsterdam has busy sections, for sure, but nothing compared to London. Even the buses and trams here seem quieter. Life just moves at a slower pace in Amsterdam. This can be maddening sometimes when I want something done, but I enjoy it quite frequently as well.
London, you’re a great city, and I do enjoy visiting you. I just don’t want to live with you every day. The more I travel around Europe (and hopefully I’ll be crossing another city off my ‘to-do list’ quite soon), the more happy I am with my choice to live in Amsterdam.