Amsterdam has SO much to offer. That is why a few friends and I decided to take time from visiting Brussels for a few days to explore this Dutch capital. We had 9 hours in Amsterdam.
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6:00AM: Ryanair flight from Madrid to Brussels. Attempt to sleep but advertisements keep me awake. Tip: For first timers on Ryanair traveling in a group, MAKE SURE to show up early! Seats are first come first serve.
~9:00AM: Finally arrived in Brussels Charleroi!
~11:45AM: Time to switch trains in Rotterdam. While waiting, we grab mini egg sandwich combinations offered at one of the small shops near the train platforms. Spent quite a while at the shops as everything was in Dutch. The nice women that worked there spent time going through what everything was for us. ALSO had the BEST hot chocolate of my life. Netherlands for its food alone is a winner.
~12:50PM (could have been earlier): Finally arrive at Amsterdam Central! This was my second time here. The first time I was actually lost with a friend somewhere in the outskirts of Amsterdam in the countryside but finally managed to make my way back with only a watch and no working phone. I’ll tell that story in more detail in a later blog post.
1:30PM: Was almost hit by a biker who had a few harsh words for me. Apparently I was in the bike lane…where is the distinction between the bike lane and the sidewalk? Hmm…
2:00PM: Didn’t even plan to see John Adams house but ended up seeing the exterior as we were passing by the area! Shoutout to all my Americans and history buffs! haha
2:20PM: World’s only floating flower market, Bloemenmarkt! It’s amazing to see and there are so many souvenirs to be bought here!
2:45PM: Made it to the I AMSTERDAM sign! Had to fight (not literally haha) our way to pose with the I and the am because of the many feisty tourists!
2:50PM: Adjacent to the IAMSTERDAM sign, was this lovely sight. Another photo shoot was a must.
3:07PM: Such a beautiful sight. Architecture in Amsterdam is so distinct and I love it!
3:20PM: After exploring Amsterdam for a bit, we decided that we were all starving and came across Soup en Zo. BEST SOUP OF MY LIFE. I can’t recommend this place enough. My friends and I each got different flavors (I got Sweet Potato) and each was equally as delicious which leads me to believe that everything here is delicious. It was especially nice because it was chillier than expected in Amsterdam and soup was the perfect option.
3:35PM: Shh! An intense game of chess underway and it’s not your average game of chess. Looks like the black team is winning…
3:50PM: Arrived at MY FAVORITE MUSEUM EVER, the Van Gogh Museum! If you end up going, make sure you go earlier in the day as it closes around 5pm. Can you spot me? 🙂
6:30PM: After finishing Van Gogh museum and Anne Frank house (which I both highly recommend) rather quickly, we take a stroll. Walk along the water and you’ll see some beautifulllll homes
9:50PM: No trip in Amsterdam would be complete without the infamous Red Light District. Highly crowded, the area is known for the women on display like mannequins in storefronts. It was a spectacle to say the least…