Finally arriving in Amsterdam later than expected due to a flight cancellation in London, I was greeted at Schiphol Airport with a bouquet of yellow roses and a Dora the Explorer balloon by ‘Alfonso’ (The drunken Aussie who can’t ride a bike), Aka My Boyfriend. We checked into our amazing apartment booked through ‘AirBnB’ – totally the way to go if there are a few of you and its a weekly trip. Then we headed to the Family’s house where we meet our beloved little Niece Quinn. Words can’t explain how overwhelmed we were.
The following day consisted of trying to look like a local and hiring a bike, Though my skills were like a mad local – the ‘Mac Bike’ sign was a dead giveaway. The plan was to ride around the city but after the first stop at a pub across from the ‘Brouwerij ‘T LJ’ as it was not opened yet, I ordered a beer brewed from there which if I remember rightly was the ‘Zatte’ that is 8%. After 3 beers… (Drink, Drank, Drunk) The day plan to ride through and explore the city obviously failed due to spending so much time in one place and I was clearly tipsy, so we cycled close to a nearby bar called ‘Roest’ – My favourite bar in Amsterdam.
In the evening, we sailed a friends boat down the canals, ate good food, drank champagne, stopped at canal bars and then sailed until the sun was almost set. Unsure whether or not Alfonso’s boat speech changed my heart? or I was really starting to love Amsterdam? I knew that by this point, I was going to enjoy my time here.
Highlights were definitely meeting my Niece, Seeing the family, Canal boat riding, J-Five at Paradiso (The best venue I’ve ever been to for a gig), Riding bikes, VondelPark & the freshness of berries.
Fun Fact: 780,000 people live in Amsterdam and its estimated that there are 881,000 bicycles. ;)
Roest Website: http://www.amsterdamroest.nl
Paradiso Website: http://www.paradiso.nl/web/English-Agenda.htm