Today I landed at 6:30am, and spent my first full day as a solo traveler in Amsterdam. I decided to spend the day walking through the city and seeing the parks, and ended up walking over 12 miles. First I walked through Vondelpark, a fairly large park in the southern end of the city. The park was unlike any other I'd seen, with sculptures, flowers, fountains, canals, hidden play grounds, and hundreds of bicyclists throughout the whole park. Oosterpark was pretty similar, but not as large.
I fell in love with Amsterdam the minute I set foot in it; their lifestyle, trust, use of bikes, and atmosphere are amazing and unforgettable. I'm actually bummed I only get to spend two days here, I could easily spend months staying in Amsterdam. The hostel I'm staying in is pretty cheap, but is far above and beyond any of the hostels I had stayed at in South America. If you ever find yourself in Amsterdam, stay at the Stayokay Zeeberg or Vondelpark hostels.
I was surprised how comfortable I felt walking the streets in Amsterdam. I was pretty nervous being a solo female traveler, but as soon as I got to Amsterdam I was no longer worried. I think what holds people back from solo traveling is the fear of being alone in a foreign country, but you actually can control how alone you are. You can talk to and make friends with anyone you want to, or don't want to, and people usually will help if you're in need of direction. I would not have been able to figure out how to get from the airport to the hostel via the trains without help from the locals.