Arrival, July 24th:
From the 24th to the 26th of July, my friend and me went to Amsterdam, a city I have always wanted to visit.
Our flight was on Sunday, the 24th in the afternoon. It only took around 50 minutes, luckily. We got our tickets from the self-service machines and slowly headed to the gate. We still had time, so we strolled through the duty free shops.
When we finally entered the plane, we wondered why our seats suddenly were in the Best deal of the airline, which is in the first 3 rows and includes drinks and snacks. We were confused, because we booked the Basic deal where you don’t get snacks nor drinks. Suddenly, we were sitting in the front and when the snacks were served the air host adressed us with our names :D That was a fun experience.
When we landed in Amsterdam, we first took a train ticket to the city center. The weather was great! Sunny and warm with blue skies.
We didn’t take a long time to find out hostel. It was really close to the train station, but we had to ask locals and stop and look around the street numbers :D
Our hostel was small but cozy. Unfortunately, it didn’t have a lift so we had to carry our suitcases up the stairs to the second floor :D Luckily, we didn’t have huge bags, just carry-ons.
For the first night, we were alone in the room which was supposed to be for 6 people in total. My friend and me were a bit tired and sweaty, so we got dressed and charged our phones before going out to explore the city in the late afternoon hours.
How to spend a night in Amsterdam:
1) Dam Square:
At first, we just wanted to stroll through the streets, look at some shops and maybe find a place to eat. In this area, you will find a lot of restaurants, especially Argentinian food seems to be really popular here. But there were also a lot of Italian and Asian restaurants.
When we were there, though, there was a gaypride concert at the Dam Square. The place was packed with people – and pidgeons, relaxing on the stairs and listening to the music.
We didn’t stay too long to listen to the music. We danced a little when the singer started to sing I can’t feel my face from The Weeknd, but after that, we continued to stroll through the streets and came across some interesting places.
Whatever you do when you go to Amsterdam, or Holland in general, don’t miss to try the cheese there. It is heavenly <3
Of course, another thing that is impossible to miss out on is a typical picture in front of the canals:
Maybe you won’t believe me when I say that I have always wanted to take such a picture on a tiny bridge. That’s why I loved Hamburg and Suzhou so much.
In the end, we were pretty hungry and a bit exhausted from walking. The weather was still nice, so we decided to try to find a restaurant next to the canals so we could observe the boats passing us on the water. We found a Burger place which had outdoor seats as well. The Burgers didn’t taste that special, but it wasn’t expensive and we had a nice view.
2) Red Light District:
Since our hostel was right behind the Red Light District, there was no way around it. So on our first evening, we saw everything from strip bars, live sex shows, prostitutes behind colorful windows, sex museums and shops. We visited one of these live sex shows since it was pretty touristy and huge groups of bachelorette party goers were standing in line, we thought to have a look as well. It is not what you imagine. It is very sketchy and weird, with music playing in the background. I enjoyed the strip and dance shows in-between more, they were quite fun and entertaining. So, even if you are not interested in this kind of stuff, it is still nice to experience that relaxed atmosphere the locals of amsterdam show towards this area. There were several people just casually walking their dogs, or going for a hike through this street, even grannies :’D
Amsterdam is filled with these. Since my friend and me don’t really smoke (alright, we tried it but we didn’t get addicted to it), and can’t roll a joint, we weren’t so much into spending all of our free time in coffeeshops. Still, we wanted to have a look inside one and maybe buy a space cake.
We walked into the first coffeeshop (don’t ask me their names, I can’t remember, but I guess they were both called the bulldogg) and there was a bouncer at the entrance who wanted to see our IDs. After we showed him he was embarrassed and told us that we were actually older than him :’DDD That was so hilarious! We couldn’t stop laughing and ensured him that he wasn’t the first one to estimate us younger :D
Anyway, we walked out there because we didn’t find anything on the menu for us and went the other coffeeshop which was named the same I think but had space cakes. We bought one to eat together and two iced coffees (since they don’t sell alcohol in coffeeshops there). We then walked back to the red light district, sat on a bench and munched on our cake which actually had a weedy taste to it (while my friend only tasted chocolate. But she has sensitive taste buds when it comes to sweets).
Anyway, if you like to take substances like these, then Amsterdam is a paradise for you (not a cheap one though). Plus, there are quite some museums about cannabis and hemp.
So this was our first day, and we were lucky that we got so many different impressions on our first day there.
If you are interested to see what we did on our second day, which was also our only full day in Amsterdam, stay tuned.
Thanks for reading!