As I sit writing this, the sun is actually shining outside here in England so I’m in a good mood. Funny how the weather affects our mood, isn’t it? I hope you all are doing something fun. I’ve just demolished the last waffle I brought back from Amsterdam and I’m thinking of booking a trip back just for some more waffles (if only my bank account reflected my wants ). I’m drinking some Rosé as well while Ed Sheeran croons into my ear, so if this post makes no sense, you know why. ( I mean he is crooning from the surround system so its basically like he’s here, right?). Haha, jokes
Anyway, getting to the point of this post…. If you follow me on Instagram, you must be sick of seeing all my snaps from Amsterdam by now #sorrynotsorry. I just loved everywhere so much and the weather was lovely so I had to take some pictures. However, what I came here to share with you today are some things that I did not know before I went on this trip, It was pretty last minute tbh so there was minimal research done (let’s just pretend that if I had more time, I would’ve done more research).
Before I went on this trip, the only things I’d heard about Amsterdam were the Red Light District and Legalised marijuana. I often wondered what the people would be in this kind of place and just as I suspected, they were all pretty friendly and happy to be living there. I met a couple of people who called it the best place to live ever so I feel like the city has that to boast about.While I was there , I realised 5 things that I either had no idea or a very limited idea about so here goes :
- The Transport system is pretty easy to navigate – I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but there were signs everywhere and we got on a train from Schipol Airport into Amsterdam Centraal Station and there we were able to buy a sort of Travel card for 4 days and it cost €22.50 which I think is a pretty good price. This price covered trains, buses and trams so it was very good value ( it doesn’t cover the train back to the airport though, I think the way to describe it is sort of underground vs National Rail in the sense that your oyster would work on the underground/buses but not on national rail ). The trams have numbers on them and most say the stops anyway so you’re very unlikely to get lost.
2. You have to tap on and off the trams – We spent the first day just tapping our cards when we got on the trams as you would do with an Oyster. On the second morning however, we got to chatting with the ticket inpector and she informed us that you have to tap BOTH times otherwise your card would get cancelled. Obviously we questioned her because we had used it the evening before but apparently they give you a 24hr grace period and only after that does it get cancelled. Good thing that lady told us then because trust me, nothing’s more annoying that spending more money than you budgeted on holiday.
3. Everywhere is soooo Instagrammable – I really don’t understand why I don’t see more bloggers going to Amsterdam because every road is so bloody instagram worthy. I was in absolute picture heaven, hence the onslaught of content onto my Instagram atm. The only thing I regret is not packing more clothes because there were so many accidental photo op moments. The bikes which overrun the city also make for very good props. Therefore my tip to you is definitely overpack cos you will find spots to take cute pictures. The city is also full of tulips which are definitely my new favourite flower . They are sooo beautiful and make the perfect picture backdrop. Also, if you didn’t take enough clothes and you want to shop, they have fabulous shopping there. The vintage shops are especially dangerous for your wallet because they have the most gorgeous pieces including the sunglasses you can seeing me wearing in the above picture. I had to rein myself in because I literally wanted everything . Top tip : go with some extra cash.
4. The Stairs are bloody Steep – Okay, so I know that I said you should overpack but you should be aware that there are stairs EVERYWHERE. Therefore, carrying said luggage might not be fun. The thing with these stairs as well is that they are very steep and narrow (apparently its because most of the buildings are really old and its something to do with the history of the Netherlands) so I did way more cardio than I’d like to on holiday tbh. We also stayed on the top floor of a 4 story building that was so new the lift hadn’t been fitted yet #mistake. So, my tip to you is definitely take comfortable shoes, especially as most of the streets are cobbled as well. Also, make sure you check whether your accommodation has a lift so you know what you’re in for.
5. Death by bike is deffo a thing – Okay so maybe death is an exaggeration but you will definitely get knocked over if you’re not careful. Omg, I knew that a lot of people rode bikes in Amsterdam but boy oh boy did I underestimate how disconcerting it would be. First of all, like most countries they drive on the other side of the road so that’s already an issue. Then you have the bikes, (all types, shapes and sizes) coming from all directions. You’re not even safe at the zebra crossings because there are some zebra crossings that bikes don’t have to stop for. I spent a lot of time looking both ways like 10 times and then sprinting across the road like a headless chicken #truestory. Fun fact : Apparently, there are more bikes in Amsterdam than residents. Now, THAT is pretty crazy. My tip for you here is don’t walk around if you’re drunk or otherwise intoxicated because it could be very dangerous. Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed learning a little bit about Amsterdam. Until next time, Ciao xx