Amsterdam: The first of the travel posts from my most recent trip! I know I shared some iPhone photos and such but I wanted to go a but more in depth about each of the cities I visited.
I only spent about 10 hours in the city (I had a long layover), but I tried to fit in whatever I could. Mostly I just wandered the streets and was wooed by the canals.
I literally walked the entire city centre back and forth just taking it all in. When you are only in a place for such a short time, it’s so overwhelming to choose what you want to do, especially when you are going about about 2 hours of sleep.
One of the things I managed to fit in was the Van Gogh museum. I already mentioned a little about this in my travel post, but I learned and was inspired so much by the life and art of Van Gogh. He had a pretty crazy life and, well, let’s be honest, he was just crazy but he clearly made a huge impact on the art community. It’s a smaller museum and I definitely recommend it if you are in Amsterdam.
I also found my way to Vondelpark. A huge oasis in the city centre with gazebos bridges and ponds. Hemingway often frequented here when he was in Amsterdam and drew inspiration from the atmosphere. It’s a perfect place to sit and read and feel very introspective, just as I imagine Hemingway did.
Another very Holland thing that I saw was the flower market. It’s just a huge street filled with flowers, bulbs, planting supplies, everything. It was quite the contrast from the bleak day that surrounded it.
A curious things about Amsterdam was that everyone rides bikes and by everyone I mean EVERYONE. The streets and canals are literally cluttered with all of the bikes locked up awaiting their rider. I have never seen a place more bike friendly. (No, not even Portland)
To end my time in Holland, I partook in a Holland tradition of frites. There are frite stands all over the city and apparently I went to the ones who claimed they were best in Holland. You get a huge cone of fries and smother them in sauce (which there are over 20 to choose from).
If I had a bit more time, I would have loved to go on a walking tour of the city and also take a canal tour. I would have gotten waffles, which are supposedly VERY good and gone to the Heineken brewery. But, alas, I was tired and pressed for time, so I saw what I could!