If you follow me on Instagram or read my Flying from Humberside Airport with KLM post you’ll know that this time last week I was in Amsterdam. If you read my twitter you’ll know that getting up and out quickly is pretty impossible with four people (no blame, I had a great time with the girls I just need to go back on my own to do the rushing around that doesn’t happen when you’re enjoying hanging out with friends) and so I’ve not got a full on Amsterdam guide for you, because there’s so much I still want to explore. Instead I wanted to share my first impressions (and some of my photos, because I am pretty in love with them) and there’ll be a further post with my Amsterdam to do list for you over the coming weeks.
Public transport is so easy
Our hotel was right next to a station, as is Amsterdam Schipol Airport. We could (didn’t, but could) have got straight onto a train to our hotel, dropped the bags off and got another train into Amsterdam Centraal station. Then there’s trams all over the city to different spots. And a two day travel pass only cost us €21, which is a bargain considering the amount you could use it. I’m a big fan of the public transport (and the double decker trains!)
Amsterdam is a really relaxed city
I’m not always a fan of the hustle and bustle of big cities and I really expected Amsterdam to be a bit too busy for me. I was wrong, I found the city quite relaxed and the pace fairly slow (as long as you know to watch out for bikes, I suspect I nearly got run over a few times by cyclists!) This could be something to do with how we saw the city-slowly wandering around taking photos whenever we fancied and stopping for a drink and a rest regularly-this definitely contributed to the chilled vibe I got from Amsterdam.
Oh my god, the food is IMMENSE
Stroodwaffles, chips in cheese sauce, Hot Dogs covered with cheese, little delis with Pizza Slices and baked goods and Macarons, and big chocolate covered waffles. Oh and mini Dutch pancakes. I didn’t try as much street food as I could have, because on day one we ate big meals instead, but what I did try was delicious and next time I go I plan to live off street food for the entire trip.
Photo by Kirsty
Photo by Ashton
Photo by Kirsty
The tulips, canals and bikes stereotype is completely true
I was nearly injured by bikes a few times and very nearly ended up in the canal trying to get the above photo taken. There were tulips in a lot of places (we didn’t get to see the flower market but I’m damn sure it would have been lots and lots more tulips) and I brought some wooden tulips home for souvenirs. They’ll look great in a vase in my new house.
Have you been to Amsterdam before? What were your first impressions?