EUROTRIP: AMSTERDAM

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While in the Netherlands, I spent two days in Amsterdam, moved to Noordwijk for five days, and then came back to Amsterdam for a full day before catching my night bus to Berlin. That’s why the dates skip around.

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Well, I’m finally leaving France. I managed to pull both my apartment and my emotions together long enough to get to the bus station in Gallieni, but pretty much the entire metro ride over, I kept thinking, “Oh, God, this is the last time I’ll ever see the 3 line, isn’t it? Good bye, rats and homeless people. Good bye, sewage leaks.”

You know, normal corny Paris thoughts.

The bus ride was long and uneventful, which meant that I pretty much knocked out the minute the engine started and didn’t wake up until Brussels. Brussels scared me; the part we drove by somehow managed to look like an unholy cross between a rachet Coney Island and the giant of industrialism. Also, the driver was kinda nutty, but that was just because the universe wanted to spice things up, I guess. The bus stop was hella out of town and not at all where I thought it would be [thanks, bus company, for your baldfaced lies] but I more or less managed to untangle Amsterdam’s public transportation and made it to my hostel with only minimal crankiness.

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I have this weird thing where the hostels I pick are either complete crack dens or midrange hotel-level fancy. This one, Hotel Van Gogh, was technically a hostel but had that hotel-level fancy, with a fancy location and breakfast and everything. Seriously, more than one food group at a hostel breakfast?! What?!

I had a thorough itinerary for the day, but after stepping foot outside and realizing just how small Amsterdam is geographically, I decided to toss that itinerary in the trash so I could just do as much as I could with the time I had.

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I started in the main uptown Amsterdam area, which is basically where the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, and all those other fancy art museums are. It’s clearly a classier neighborhood, and it’s right by Vondelpark so it’s quite green, but not that kind of green, if you catch my drift.

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I basically ended up just walking around the neighborhood with my camera, because it’s a pretty cute area. While I didn’t actually go into the Rijksmuseum because it costs €17.50 and I had to prioritize, they have a couple of outdoor garden areas with neat art installations, so you can feel less bad about skipping the hefty ticket price.

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Most of my morning was spent in Vondelpark, which is gorgeous and green and always worth a stroll.

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I might be biased because I just love parks and any facsimile of nature, but it’s got tons of cute shit and is great for picnics or a bike ride through! Or, you know, if you’re like me, you could nap and take pictures.

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After my Vondelpark stroll, I ended up going to the Van Gogh Museum. I’m normally not a museum person to begin with and I am definitely not about that €17 price tag, but Amsterdam is rife with museums and Vincent’s one of my favorites. I probably should have done this bit first because the line for the tickets was kind of long, but in the end, it was worth it. If you’re a fan of Van Gogh’s works or even just interested in him as a person, it’s a really fascinating walk through, and small enough to be manageable. There are no photos allowed, though.

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My next stop was Albert Cuyp Market! Markets are pretty much my second favorite thing, and only because I always end up spending way too much on food and regretting everything. I had a couple of items on my Dutch food bucket list, and since Amsterdam is very street food friendly, I was excited to check the market out! It’s got produce and cheese and stuff as well as ready-to-go items, and while it’s definitely touristy, the prices have managed to remain reasonable. The poffertjes [mini pancakes] were €2.50, and the stroopwafel [waffle cookie-like-thing with hot caramel in the middle] was €1.50. Warning: Stroopwafels are addictive and you will end up buying 3 million packages of them from your local Dutch grocery store before leaving the country.

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By this point, it was getting late, and I headed back to my hostel to wash up before making one final mistake: Going to a FEBO and getting one of their fried atrocities.

FEBO is a room full of hot vending machines that offer up €3 burgers, sandwiches, and, most importantly, a €2 nightmare of a dish in several flavors known as a kroket. I once heard kroket described as deep fried gravy, and for whatever reason, that made me want to try it. So I ate the veal version, sober, and liked it. Enough to get a second one, anyway, and call it dinner.

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4 thoughts on “EUROTRIP: AMSTERDAM

  1. avoyageonearth says:

    When I went it was the middle of winter and Voldelpark looked completely different. Your photos make me want to go back to Amsterdam in summer 🙂

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