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Melissa Adams

Melissa Adams is a freelance writer and photographer who traded sunny Southern California for a soggy patch on the European continent. She now explores Amsterdam's hidden gems, sexy secrets and colorful culture at UnClogged Blog: An American Expat Plumbs Holland, as well as on AFAR, where you can find both her Guide to Amsterdam and Wanderlists covering highlights in Holland and beyond.

18 awesome things to do in Amsterdam for free

Venice Carnival: One of the world’s sexiest parties

15 differences between a Dutch friend and an American friend

19 things Americans can learn from the Dutch

13 American habits I lost in Amsterdam

12 things I learned from my Japanese mother

29 signs you were born and raised in Southern California