Straight after my sunny days in Valencia I visited my friends who live in Amsterdam. I arrived on Schiphol on the 19th in the afternoon and got to the central station where one of my friends was waiting for me on the ferries. Key info would be that the ferries are free of charge. I wonder if it is not better or even cheaper to simply build a bridge over there that connects the center and Amsterdam Nord?! What do you think?
My lovely friends Emi and Pieter let me stay with them and hosted me with such care! . Emi had made a Bulgarian salad served with rakia. Yes, this is a kick starter 🙂 We ended up on the balcony enjoying red wine and talking about Bulgaria where Emi and I originally come from. We got nostalgic and wine only made it more emotional 🙂 But she was lucky because 2 days later she and Pieter were about to fly to Bulgaria. This gave me an opportunity to catch up also with Viktor who I had not seen in 5 years 🙂
It was mid-week and my friends were at work so I went to explore by myself. I ended up first at the Red Light District area and went to the Museum of Prostitution 😀 It started quite… informative at first but the tour final stories made me think. I happened to understand disturbing facts about the profession I was very fine not knowing before 😀 This area is actually very cozy 🙂 It just looks like any other street in the city but with naked ladies on the windows 😀 Unfortunately, as I am not used to take photos when on a holiday, so I missed to take a photo of my own of the Red Light District but I took a photo of myself wearing sexy accessories in the museum which will remain burried deeply in my archives 😀
The Dutch are famouse for their pancakes and cheese so I ended up at the the flower market. It is a very famous place in Amsterdam, offers the best Dutch pancakes 🙂 Pancakes and cheese! Literally all I ate for 2 days with some nice beers, of course! The Dutch pancakes are very famous but not as famous as the Dutch cheeses I`d say. There are many cheese shops around the city and you should not miss some cheese tasting!
I had a long walk through the city center. The whole city center is surrounded by canals and people are having drinks and the so call borel on their boats. It reminded me a lot of Denmark. There is also a canal area in Copenhagen which I have heard has been made to attract Ducth sailors in the past, but it is not as wide and characteristic as it is in Amsterdam. What I also found in common with Denmark are the bikes. Seems like bikes are a main mean of transportation for most people just like in Copenhagen, but a bit more chaotic. Watch both your sides when you cross! 🙂
Everyone warned me to mind the bikes on the streets and I was told there are no rules when it comes to that. I did not find it dangerous but indeed people were riding their bikes as they want. Anyways, I think it is pretty managable to see most attraction by walking even if you are there just for 2 days. Again I had no plan so I decided where to go very randomly.
In the evening I met Emi after she got out of the office and we went to drink some beers and eat cheese. What a surprise 🙂 We went to a bar called Delirium Cafe. It is a very famous bar, originally from Belgium, which offers great variety of beers. Unless you have not visited it before, I would definitely advise you try it. There are few Delirium Cafes in Amsterdam.
The following day I had for myself again. I had more pakcakes for lunch and went straight to the Heineken Experience. I spent there 2 hours. I found it more exciting than Carlsberg Museum in Copenhagen. It has more attractions and lots of free beer 😀 I went there by myself and that was fun. Don`t be scared to have fun by yourself 🙂 I joined a group of visitors and we entered a room with a big screen and a stage where we all standed. We enjoyed a short video on how Heineken beer is made and the stage was moving and shaking according to the video. I was laughing a lot! 🙂
While I was on the rooftop bar I arranged a meeting with Viktor. I sent him a photo of my beer from the roof and later he told me he wondered where could that “high building” be. And indeed it got me thinking that I did not see many high buildings, no more than 3-4 floors high.
Close to Heineken Experience is also the famous I Amsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum. Naively I thought I will get a photo of myself in front of it but it was full with tourists. Seriously, these photos in the Internet… don`t trust them 🙂 Just take a look what I mean below. However, tehre are few signs like this one in the city, in case you`d like to check.
Later I met Viktor and we went to Hanneke`s boom. He met me with his friends and we spent the evening there. I would definitely recommend this place. It is close to the Central Station and it is quite famous in Amsterdam.
The evening ended with a long chat with Viktor and his friends by the canals. One of his friends got me on the back of his bike and we drove around the city all together 🙂
I did find the prices slightly lower than the ones in Denmark. I guess from now on I will take a more precise note on that and be more specific in my blogs 🙂
After a tough morning next day I went out searching for a bottle of nice liquor. 😀 not for me but as a gift for my friends who hosted me. However, I found they sell only soft alchohol in supermarkets. I had to google a liquor store in the city center and go there 🙂 I wish I knew this in advance. Took me some time wandering on the streets.
I packed my backpack and met Viktor before I leave. It was very nice to see an old friend after such a long time.
I did not want my holiday to end. I spent great time with my friends in Valencia and Amsterdam. It is a pity it didn`t last longer but I guess when you have fun it seems time really flies away faster!
I know I have missed a lot of places to see in Amsterdam. I was not seeking for tours but just quality time with old friends on a new place.
I hope my next blog about Amsterdam will tell more about the history and culture of the locals 🙂
Looking forward to write my next blog from a very special country… far away from Europe 😉
Talk to you soon again!