Amsterdam put on hold: promenade to the Capital Kingdom of the Netherlands
by Ana Ascenção
Amsterdam had always been a place I longed to visit so when my friends asked if I was in for a trip, I was like ‘hell yeah, let’s do it’ and until now it was one of the most fun and daring experiences I’ve ever had.
We arrived late at night and while we were waiting for the train to Amsterdam Centraal, some freaking Dutch guy tried to talk us out it because the main line was supposedly under maintenance (I can only say that I got the impression that Dutch people were weird considering the fact that he stalked us only to say that).
We caught the train but had to change lines and since we were very suspicious, we got in on the first thing that said ‘Amsterdam Centraal’.
Once we arrived at the station, we caught the smell of weed everywhere around us and caught sight of security guards smoking. We kept walking and laughing at them until we realized we were stuck at the station because we had taken the underground instead of the train! Trying to keep straight faces, we asked security if they could let us pass and they were so high they didn’t even protest or think twice about it!
Our next step was trying to find our hostel. It had a great location, just in front of Damrak but had 7 flights of stairs for us to climb and a weird guy sharing the room with us! Jokes aside, he spent like fifteen minutes not moving or breathing, it was creepy.
Morning came and we went to Madame Tussaud. We had a great time taking pictures and exploring the museum.
The Sex Museum was also in our list of museums to visit (if you’re looking for a place to have a good laught then this is the place!)
After that we went to the Red Light District to visit the Red Light Secrets, the museum of prostitution. We found it very interesting because it tries to throw some light on a topic that is considered a taboo throughout Europe except in this city. In this museum, you get to see how the girls work and the main purpose of Red Light.
During the afternoon we decided to visit the Bloemenmarkt well known for its tulips and enjoyed the canals.
We were near, we went to Begijnhof, one of the most famous courts in Amsterdam, especially during Spring when the gardens are full of tulips.
We finished the day at a coffee shop, the Bulldog and after that went to the Red Light to see how it was during the night.
On our second day, we went to Anne Frank’s House and to the Museumplein where you can find Rijksmuseum, the I Amsterdam Sign and the Van Gogh Museum.
After lunch we went for a walk in Vondelpark.
The best part of this day was Heineken Experience where we got free beer and began partying. Heineken Experience was one of the things we liked most because at the end we had a lot of fun with the virtual reality created by them.
At the end of it, we weren’t that sober so we thought that it was a good idea to eat a space cake so we went back to Leidseplein, went to a Bulldog coffee shop and really experienced Amsterdam (lol).
It the beginning it was fun, we were laughing a lot for no reason and were feeling lighter and peaceful. Then things got wrong and I had a bad trip. I literally thought I was having a heart attack! We went back to the hostel, I calmed down and everything went ok but never again am I eating one of those things again!!!!
On our third day, we went to Zaanse-Schans, a small windmills village only 15 minutes away from Amsterdam. It was bloody cold, like really really cold but the village felt like one of those places you only hear about in fairy tales.
We went back to Amsterdam at lunch time and went on a boat trip through the canals, we went to the Nieumarkt and to Rembrandt’s House.
On our fourth and final day we went shopping but it was amazing because it started snowing.
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