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If I could live anywhere in the world, I would inhabit a houseboat in Amsterdam. Within the city's canal ring, houseboats are a front-row seat to centuries-old waterways, crooked canal houses, and the ever-present parade of bikers and passersby that plugs up Amsterdam's streets year-round. They're romantic cottages on the water that offer privacy and comfort within a high-energy urban environment. And, to put it simply, they're a ship ton of fun. Here's the story of my brief and unusual stay in a charming floating home in the Venice of the North, complete with a boatload of photos.