My next post will be about Amsterdam, the official capital of the Netherlands (or Holland). Amsterdam was named for the Amstel River and the dam that was built to help construct the city. Most people know that Amsterdam is famous for biking. But did you know that 58% of the 2,349,870 inhabitants cycle daily? Plus, there are 215,000 buses, 3,000 taxis, 53,000 scooters, and 880,000 bicycles! There are 165 canals in the city. There are only 409 bridges connecting Venice’s canals. Amsterdam has 1281 bridges, three times as many as Venice! 2500 houseboats line Amsterdam canals and many have been afloat for more than a century.