Coffee shops make Amsterdam happy
The world's happiest cities are all ranked for things such as culture, shopping, outdoors, performances and amusements. Rome is understandably off the charts in terms of cultural locations, while San Francisco and Paris seem to have made the list for their awesome shopping.
But Amsterdam was off the charts for another area - its coffee shops. And as everybody knows it's not coffee that's served there but various forms of marijuana and hashish.
Now I've never been to Amsterdam but I know the coffee shops are big tourist attractions. It's something the city fathers want to end - or make it just for locals. I haven't kept up on the debates or any changes outlawing coffee shops.
But for now the stoners there seem to have catapulted gray and rainy Amsterdam into one of the happiest cities on earth.