|Typical street divider in Amsterdam. Canals everywhere. Loves it|
|Everyone and their aunt's cats ride a bicycle in Amsterdam no joke. There are more bicycles than there are cars.|
I loved and will forever love Amsterdam. That was the first city that I visited on my mini eurotrip, in April. It was epic, to underestimate my satisfaction derived from the trip.
Before going, I had looked up myths, stories and guides to exploring Amsterdam in 2 days. Many people go there to smoke the legendary weed or visit the Red Light District, where prostitution is legalized and done in broad daylight. What I didn't know was that Amsterdam is an 'archipelago' of canals, bicycles, and free thinkers. Dutch is the native language but almost everyone in Amsterdam speaks English too, because it's a tourist destination.
I went to Amsterdam with a fellow London study-abroader and her friend that flew in from Madrid. It was nice trio of young black girls set to live the Amstel way.
|Most streets in Amsterdam are divided by canals, not roads. Bliss. Imagine this view, every morning|
When I got there, I flew into Eindhoven airport, two hours away from Amsterdam because it was cheaper than flying into Schipol, Amsterdam airport. I actually liked my two-hour train ride through the Hague and Eindhoven. By the way, Amsterdam is in Holland, which is also referred to as the Netherlands. Two names for the same country. o_O
|On the way to Anne Frank Haus (Haus = House in German)|
|queue to get into Anne Frank Haus|
|Anne Frank Haus guide booklet|
|There are kiosks everywhere that sell fries in these cone-like wraps.|
|Boat cruise along the Amstel|
My girls and I decided to take a personal cruise, across the river Amstel. I guess this is where the famous Amstel Malta drink is named after.
These are boat-houses, floating on water. They look like houses built on water but they have boat foundations. I saw many houses like these.
|Children left by themselves in a boat|
|Famous Skinny Bridge|
|Club sign in the Red Light District. Prostitutes everywhere|
|Drinks made from weed. Cannabis merchandise in coffee shop window|
Main structure for Amsterdam's chinatow
|Wooden Tulips at Flea Market|
|Human-size Chess board.|
I saw this chess game and was amazed. I don't know jack about Chess. Sadly, whenever it comes up in general trivia questions, I feel like a dummy. I presume Chess is assumed to be of universal knowledge now.
|Sign, in front of Van Gogh museum|
It is was a nice trip. These pictures do the experience no justice. I did a couple of activities not in the photos like going to a club, to the dock, the brewery and many other stuff. I will do similar posts for the other cities visited. Amsterdam is now my second favorite city in the world, after Paris. She took the position away from London LOL.
On another note, why is there so much ruckus about a calculated end-of-the-world date on May 21st. I don't care what's happening then, all is know is that I'll be eating some crêpes and sipping orangina in Paris, this weekend. Yes, I'm going again. Can't get enough of that city.
I really should have not changed my mind from Paris to London, for studying abroad. Nonetheless, my London experience has been amazing non-stop. I just cannot have it all, can I? I have finished my exams. So, I have about three weeks left in London for chilling/travelling/being a fool and making love to Londontown. Suggestions of non-touristy London spots are very welcome. I need to see it all, before I leave.
Till next time,
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