Home Abroad

Samuel Smurlo
4 min readSep 28, 2021

Amsterdam is not what I expected. I didn’t really expect anything from Amsterdam. I knew that my eleventh grade anatomy teacher told us that he and his wife spent their summers in Amsterdam. — When pressed for why, he effectively said, “You’ll understand when you are older… Or you won’t.” That man had a huge propensity for dropping wisdom into his everyday conversation and he once beat up Ed Harris. — I knew that prostitution and marijuana were the primary draws of tourism, but also understood that was likely a derivative view of the city. Nevertheless, it was only ever an ancillary interest somewhere in my mind.

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Samuel Smurlo

I mostly write for me and on the off chance that someone can gain something from my thoughts I publish them here.