A is for Amsterdam...where we spent 3 terrific weeks this summer on a home exchange with a lovely Dutch-American family. When you swap houses, you stop being a tourist and experience what it's like to live like the Dutch. Of course, every culture has many layers to it–like an onion. But at times, we penetrated the superficial layers and got a more authentic sense of what it means to be Dutch. So, over the next few posts, I propose to give to you a Dutch alphabet–thoughts, impressions, and photos of the experience. Sounds good? Well, here goes.