After a lovely time in The Hague, I took the train to Amsterdam.
I see Amsterdam all of the time in movies much as you likely see my hometown of San Francisco in movies: as a backdrop for international intrigue and the occasional car chase. :) I was sure that the same few parts of town were always in movies (true!), and wanted to branch out and escape the crowds.
Happily, I had a German friend with me (CM), and she had always stayed in the tourist core and was ready and eager to branch out and see the shiny NEW districts. So we had a pleasant set of adventures.