February 15, 2019 – February 17, 2019
Friday the 15th
Upon arrival in the Netherlands, I already started the pun of the weekend– “Dam Amster.” It was our first glimpse of the beautiful city and we were already in love. We accidentally stepped into some bike lanes and almost got run over by a few bicyclists, but other than that and a few other bumps in the road, things were looking up.
For dinner, we had a beer and burger canal cruise reservation. The cruise was magical and much-needed. We all haven’t had a burger in so long and we marveled at how delicious it was. Afterward, we walked around and rested up for the long day tomorrow.
Saturday the 16th
Today we checked off two museums: The Van Gogh Museum and the Moco Museum. Sadly, we didn’t get tickets to the Anne Frank House (if you want to go you need to book months in advance or have good luck the day of). Those two museums were still amazing! I loved the Van Gogh one because, well, Van Gogh and the Moco Museum had a lot of Banksy pieces.
We then wandered upon a local market. There were tulips, cheeses, and stroopwafels everywhere. I had my first taste of a real stroopwafel and it was warm and delicious.
We walked some more and stopped to listen to a street artist playing the most beautiful classical music. He certainly drew a crowd.
The afternoon was filled with walks along the canal and avoiding being hit by bikes. The weather was perfect, too. We also attempted to find The Fault in Our Stars bench but to no avail. Perhaps someone stole it again?
Sunday the 17th
Today was a travel day so we wrapped up Amsterdam with a relaxing breakfast and by taking in the city views. Amsterdam has been on my bucket list ever since my freshman year of high school when I read John Green’s TFIOS book. To say it lived up to my expectations is an understatement. Everybody was kind, the city was beautiful, and the Dutch pancakes were a hit.