Ofcourse the ignorant outsider will see Amsterdam as one of the few places in the world where prostitution and smoking pot are legal. However, the capitol of The Netherlands is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with a very rich tradition. The city center consists of mainly warehouses built a few hundred years ago. It was that the ships set out to explore the Americas and the far east. Nowadays, people are among the best English speakers in Europe and the city is one of the safest places I know. It's a multicultural example for the rest of the world.
Amsterdam was a thriving city when New York was a puddle of mud - and it shows.
Taken from the Jewish word 'mazzeltov', the word literally means 'luck' or 'good luck'. Use of the word crossed over to various places where Jews settled, but especially Amsterdam where it is commonly used by everyone. It is used to describe that someone is lucky or to say goodbye (lit. wishing one the best of luck), just like 'bye' and 'later'.