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1. Posted by turbopark (Budding Member 29 posts) 11y

I'm thinking of montreal or amsterdam. What does everyone recommend to be more fun?

2. Posted by Floorder (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

what you wanna do there?
Study? Live? or just for a week or so?

Amsterdam is really nice, but it's my hometown and I dont know montreal so I am not objective ofcourse!

if you go to Amsterdam: go and live there for a while, make sure you find a place to stay in the old neigbourhoods in or near the centre and enjoy! Best time to be here is between april and november, but winters can be nice too. Just blend in with the crowds and find your places to hang out.

If you come for just a week, please dont get stuck in the red light district.. You'll miss the real Amsterdam, like so manyb tourists do..

3. Posted by Rock Chu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

I just went to The Netherlands in august. I stayed outside the city center, near a train station called Amstel. It was quiet there but I avoid dark to go out because I need to cross a pedestrian subway in order to reach my hotel. Maybe it is not scary for you because you are use to have this number of people in the street(in Hong Kong we see people everywhere!). So remember to find an accommodation in the city center if you go to Amsterdam. The best thing is that almost everyone speaks english (a big difference between other European countries). The bad thing is like other western countries, the metro is old and dirty! Montreal is a good place too but I have less memories about it so I prefer Amsterdam.

4. Posted by sacmike03 (Budding Member 60 posts) 11y

Hey,

I have been to Montreal a few times and I have spent a few weeks in Amsterdam a few different times. I absolutely loved Amsterdam. It is great to walk around or use the trams. I found it to be more visually srimulating with all the canals and old tall houses and buildings. The poeple are great and they all speak english. Plus, you can hop on a ferry and go to London or take a train to Paris...a lot opportunities!! Amsterdam would be my pick!

5. Posted by Floorder (Budding Member 19 posts) 11y

Quoting Rock Chu

I just went to The Netherlands in august. I stayed outside the city center, near a train station called Amstel. It was quiet there but I avoid dark to go out because I need to cross a pedestrian subway in order to reach my hotel. Maybe it is not scary for you because you are use to have this number of people in the street(in Hong Kong we see people everywhere!). So remember to find an accommodation in the city center if you go to Amsterdam. The best thing is that almost everyone speaks english (a big difference between other European countries). The bad thing is like other western countries, the metro is old and dirty! Montreal is a good place too but I have less memories about it so I prefer Amsterdam.

Hey Rock Chu
Too bad you were afraid to go out.. you really did not need too! The chance you would get robbed is very small, especially when you just walk around as if you know the city well, being afraid can make you a more easy target, but it allmost never happens. Just take care of pickpockets in the tourist areas and on the airport. But I understand your fears, some neighbourhoods I usually bike around, look somewhat shabby..
I experience that, even when I am at night alone on the streets as a girl, i am never afraid in Amsterdam.

6. Posted by Rock Chu (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y

Quoting Floorder

Quoting Rock Chu

I just went to The Netherlands in august. I stayed outside the city center, near a train station called Amstel. It was quiet there but I avoid dark to go out because I need to cross a pedestrian subway in order to reach my hotel. Maybe it is not scary for you because you are use to have this number of people in the street(in Hong Kong we see people everywhere!). So remember to find an accommodation in the city center if you go to Amsterdam. The best thing is that almost everyone speaks english (a big difference between other European countries). The bad thing is like other western countries, the metro is old and dirty! Montreal is a good place too but I have less memories about it so I prefer Amsterdam.

Hey Rock Chu
Too bad you were afraid to go out.. you really did not need too! The chance you would get robbed is very small, especially when you just walk around as if you know the city well, being afraid can make you a more easy target, but it allmost never happens. Just take care of pickpockets in the tourist areas and on the airport. But I understand your fears, some neighbourhoods I usually bike around, look somewhat shabby..
I experience that, even when I am at night alone on the streets as a girl, i am never afraid in Amsterdam.

Thankyou for your opinon Floorder. I know Amsterdam is one of the safest cities in the world. Maybe I am not use to see this number of people in the street. Trust me, if you havn't been to Hong Kong, you'll never know what is crowded! my home is in a 37 floor tall building and I live in a flat at the 27th floor! When I look out of my window, 40 floor buildings (in your view, maybe skyscrapers!) are everywhere! So the road is always packed with crowds in the city center. The metro is crowded too! whatever, Amsterdam is still a nice place!

7. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 11y

Turbopark,

Montreal and Amsterdam are two different places!! I suppose, though, if you want to live there for a while, you have to choose if you want to go in the French speaking part to Canada, or in the Dutch speaking part of Europe!

I've lived and studied in Montreal for 8 years, so I'm not objective, but I enjoyed it a lot! From the Old Port/Old Town, to the diversity along the Rue St-Laurent which crosses, the old town, then the Chinatown, Quatier Latin, Quatier Grec and Little Italy!!

If you like to go out and dance, there are Salsa clubs, Swing nights and a very active Tango community! Just pick whatever you like.

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9. Posted by rallen (First Time Poster 1 posts) 10y

Hi, I live in Montreal, and i forget if you mentioned what time of year you are going...if you are to visit montreal, do it in the summer starting around July 1st (Canada Day)...the HUGE international Jazz Fest and then the HUGE Just for Laughs festivals start...and everyone is outside etc...in winter...we hibernate.
i'm going to amstedam in a few weeks (nov05) and think that will be more exciting than montreal at this time.

10. Posted by ValleyBri (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Hi Turbo,
I'm curious as to why you've narrowed it down to those choices, seems odd.