Squeezing a high quality life out one of the most densely populated places on earth, however, requires resourcefulness. The Dutch make the most out of the space they have, and have somehow integrated a high level of greenery and biodiversity (and "coziness") into even the center of Amsterdam. Other densely populated cities don't usually measure up.
The following pictures take you on a walk through a small piece of Amsterdam, starting at my front door, through a bit of the park next door, and then on to a a close-by neighboorhood. Here's the tour map.