If you visit any part of Europe, you are bound to come across a local you could fall head-over-heels for! All its countries are gorgeous, the culture captivating, and the people oh-so-charming. So if you could marry one of them for a day, would you do it? Because now you have a chance!
Tourists visiting Amsterdam can marry a local for a day, go on dates, and also eat a city pigeon! This is part of the city’s new ‘Untourist Amsterdam’ initiative aiming to combat negative effects of over-tourism.
According to sources, Amsterdam currently has a visiting tourist rate of 19 million which can shoot up to 29 million in the coming decade. However, there are just 1 million people living in the city because of an over-population of tourists.
The initiative aims at encouraging visitors to positively contribute to the city. One of the activities of this initiative is ‘Marry an Amstadammer’ where a local and a tourist come together for a wedding which is a simple 35 minutes ceremony, exchange cheap rings, and hug instead of a kiss. They can also go on a unique “honeymoon” where the local takes the visitor to uncommon and lesser-known spots within the city.
This activity is meant to bring about a meaningful connection between the locals and the tourists.
“My marrying Julian for the day probably isn’t going to make Amsterdam a better place but, symbolically, this union between a resident and a tourist does have a strange poignancy”, said Deborah Nicholls-Lee, a tourist who married a local named Julian du Perron.
Anybody planning to go to Amsterdam yet?