Last weekend a few friends and I decided to take a weekend trip to Amsterdam. This was one of the places on my list I really wanted to visit while I was in Europe, so I was really looking forward to this. I can definitely say it lived up to all my expectations and is an incredibly beautiful city! It was said multiple times that it felt like we were in some sort of pop up storybook.
Amsterdam has many stereotypes and I cannot say that it broke any of those. The red light district was… unique. You could find sex shops around everyone corner and it was heavily advertised. In my opinion, this was all part of the experience and was great because you really cannot see this anywhere else. However, I would take a lot of caution if you plan on bringing children to Amsterdam; unless you would like to have a nice little chat with them about the birds and the bees while on vacay.
Although the red light district did offer these less appropriate activities, there was a lot of other enjoyable as well as historic places to visit. We made sure to visit the Anne Franke house, which was amazing. I would recommend this to anyone who takes a visit to Amsterdam. We waited in line for two hours (yuck), but if you plan ahead and make an appointment you won’t have to worry about this. We also saw the infamous Amsterdam sign and made sure to take loads of pictures. Something a little unplanned we did was go to the tallest building in Amsterdam and swing over the top of the building. Yes, you heard that correctly, SWING OVER. I almost didn’t do this, but I am so glad that I did. It was a bitter cold, foggy day; but even then the view was incredible and once in a life time.
We ended our last day by going to an ice bar and a night time canal ride. All of these activities were fairly inexpensive and all totally worth it. As cheesy as it sounds, the journey to all of these destinations made the trip worth while. Seeing all of the gothic, castle like buildings, and small waffle shops made the experience that much better. I tried both the waffles and the crepes and I definitely had an out of body experience. SO GOOD.
This trip was also a great learning experience traveling wise. I haven’t had much time using trains or buses, but both were our main form of transport in Amsterdam. There were occasional difficulties but we figured it all out. At the end of the day I was much more comfortable with my ability to find solutions when traveling.
Amsterdam was an incredible first weekend trip while abroad. Experiencing another culture and seeing how others live was refreshing. It was also the first time I felt like a true “traveler”, which is a really cool feeling. I hope you all enjoyed this post and now have some passion to visit Amsterdam!
Have a Delightful Day,