After a tough few weeks of papers, performances, receiving grades, and deadlines it’s FINALLY spring break and I set off with 3 friends for the adventure of a life time.
On Friday we jumped on a 530pm flight to Amsterdam. After jumping the wrong train (even though the signs were in English *coughJOE*) we made it into the Red Light District to find our hostel. The area was bustling with nightlife so after we dropped off our things we explored the area and had some pizza. This particular area of Amsterdam has some stereotypes that I’d like to clear up. Yes, prostitution is legal and you can see the prostitutes in windows that are lit up with red lights. Also, yes, marijuana is legal and you can get your fix in any of the many, many coffee shops in the area. No, the area is not unsafe. It’s full of tourists of every kind. There are canals, cafes, and bars, just like the rest of the city. It’s uncomfortable if you’re not prepared for some “risque” things but I absolutely loved it. We decided to call it an early night so we could wake up early and get going the next morning.
So we set off the following morning. The first stop we went to was the Heineken Experience, a museum and interactive experience all about the history and creation of Heineken beer. Thank goodness I can drink in Europe because this museum was AWESOME. There was a ride in the middle of it where you watch a movie that “turns you into beer” as the platform you stand on moves and you get splashed with water and bubbles come down from the ceiling. I was laughing SO HARD and I hadn’t had any beer…yet because the tour gave us a grand total of 3 glasses of Heineken throughout so by the end you left the place a little buzzed and happy. Oh! and you got a free gift – which was a pretty nice Heineken glass! I had so much fun and took a lot of pictures – which you can see here:
Afterwards, we did a grand exploration of Amsterdam, visiting giant people-filled markets, crossing canals, avoiding speeding bikers
Pictures just don’t capture how stunning this place is. He headed back to the hostel to meet up with another friend from Glasgow – we’re running into other people also on their spring break! – and spent the evening on the town with him:
…I could get used to this life.
The next day we headed out to the Van Gogh museum. Along the way I found an EVEN BIGGER CLOG!!!
And more Dutch things:
Then we spent a good amount of time in the Van Gogh museum (no pictures I’m sorry I’ve failed you) and then afterwards we headed to Vondelpark and spent the entire afternoon wandering this absolutely gorgeous area. I wish we had brought a picnic, it was a little slice of paradise within this larger amazing paradise:
We were particularly exhausted after this long day of walking so we decided to call it an early night so that we could rise and shine early the next day.
On my final morning in Amsterdam I visited the Anne Frank House (again no pictures because I’m a failure). It was extremely moving and I’m glad I did something historical on this final day. While there is no photographic evidence of this…I do have photographic evidence of visiting the cheese museum: which was small but good for a laugh after the more serious Holocaust history:
The last thing that was on our Amsterdam to-do list was eat Pancakes! An Amsterdam specialty. We got outside seats right by a canal and had some incredibly delicious pancakes.
It was an incredible weekend and now! I am writing to you from an airplane. We are Prague bound! So far, so good.
I’m going to try to update whenever I get wifi so I don’t update the WHOLE TRIP after I get back to Glasgow. Portable technology is changing the world.
Thanks for reading!!!