Amsterdam more than my beloved hometown, Austin, Texas. More than Chicago, San Francisco, Miami or New York. More than any American city, Amsterdam draws me into her orbit. Only New Orleans approaches her easy charm. A city older than the promise of the New World, Amsterdam has exorcised the demons of austerity -- suffered and bled for it -- and emerged a wise and mischievous soul. She embraces the full human story and celebrates life as it is.