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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.

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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