The other thing I thought that was different than Zanzibar was the lack of people trying to guide me around.

In Zanzibar every 15 minutes or so someone would try and offer their services as a city guide or driver. “No thanks,” I replied.“Do you know where you are going?

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Andrew being a fisherman and Amsterdam stemming from a fishing town with its fishermen going under the flag with XXX.

The crosses can also possibly stand for the three threats of the medieval city: floods, fire and the black plague.

That wasn’t happening in Amsterdam, I was thinking, just when I heard a voice. ” he asked, seeing me looking up and down the streets of the red light district.“Just looking around,” I said.

Soon I was being offered directions around the red light district, offers of history of the place.

The unknown history leads us to known present, where these three white crosses are depicted on a black band in the middle of a red shield.

This combination is also known as the flag of Amsterdam and part of the coat of arms.

The latter is decorated with the Imperial Crown of Austria and two golden lions carrying the shield.

The motto of the city follows below with “Heroic, Resolute and Merciful”, although some people jokingly believe it should be “Stubborn, Defiant and Extremely Tolerant.” Have you already picked a few souvenirs with the symbols of Amsterdam Why is everything so orange?

I AMsterdam Does it even count that you’ve been to Amsterdam, if you don’t have a picture in front of the world famous I AMSTERDAM letters?

This symbol has become so present in branding of the city that it can easily be one of the most visited sightseeings in Amsterdam.

In an attempt to say something nice, I will say the women working must have very nice personalities. “Wow,” I think, “Amsterdam must be very proud of their raunchy reputation.” But then I start seeing it on garbage trucks and flags and shields on old buildings. I later learned that the coat of arms of Amsterdam has three St. Three crosses form the core of Amsterdam's city crest. The shield on which the crosses stand consists of three vertical stripes in the colours red - black - red. I wandered into the De Waal bakery and ordered a Saucijzen Broodje, which is basically a pig in a blanket, but it was REALLY GOOD. I saw so many places called Steak Houses that I figured that they must be a great Amsterdam food tradition. I went into Los Latinos, where Jon Bon Jovi once ate, so it must be good, right?