Since I moved here I have seen a lot of changes in the city. I experienced the Guilder change to the Euro and saw the effect on the population in Amsterdam; the restaurants were empty. I have seen the change in the Oud-West since De Hallen has been built and have seen a mini skyline emerge as you go from Amsterdam Noord towards the city centre, which is a very different view from years ago.
I love the coastline and the fact that you can be at the beach in twenty minutes. I recommend going to the beach bars so you can enjoy a few drinks and the warm weather.
Make sure you take a boat trip on the canals and don’t miss Gay Pride and King’s Day, make sure you save yourself for the actual King’s Day (and don’t party too hard the night before!).