Almost all of what I knew before about Amsterdam was what I had learned from the movie "Eurotrip". Not exactly the most educational film, it taught me that the city was a chaotic mess of prostitutes and drugs. However, I found that more than anything, there were nice old families, canals, bikes and fry stores. Lots of fry stores.
And I had to stop at every one
The city is all-around beautiful, with its winding canals and houses. There were quite a few houseboats as well, that would float alongside the bike-paths. There were hardly any cars and bikes replaced them as the main form of transportation. During the day Amsterdam is a very quiet, peaceful place.
The people of Amsterdam are actually very relaxed and it was mostly only the tourists that caused any problems. If there was one city I visited this Spring Break that I could imagine myself living in, it would be Amsterdam.