The second part of my eurotrip took place in Amsterdam! If you didn't get a chance to read about my journey through London, you can catch up on here! I'm picking up where I left off...we arrived to Amsterdam on Tuesday, May 17th. We stayed in another AirBnB and this one was downright beautiful. It was right on one of the oldest canals in Amsterdam called the Keizersgracht, and our view was stunning. We quickly washed up, got dressed, and hit the streets to explore. We walked to Albert Cuyp market, bought some stroopwafels (a traditional Dutch treat), and sat down for happy hour where we enjoyed each others company and the amazing sunshine. We then went to see the Anne Frank House, and although it was an emotional experience, it was filled with amazing history and stories that were amazing to read about and hear. That evening, we were so wiped out from traveling, we were all in bed by 10PM!
Michelle and I woke up early this following morning and started our day taking a hot yoga class! It was such a treat to take a class in a different country, even though our teacher was from NYC! That day, we rented bicycles (very scary!) and hit the museums. We went to the Van Gogh museum, the Rijk Museum, and a new exhibit that featured Banksy and Andy Warhol. Amsterdam is truly such a destination for art lovers. I was in awe of the beauty of it all! We quickly rode back to our apartment and got ready for dinner. I had no idea Amsterdam had such a rich Indonesian culture, so we opted for a traditional Indonesian meal, and we were not disappointed! If you get a chance to be in Amsterdam, head to Sama Sebo! After dinner we went to a speakeasy style bar called Hiding in Plain Sight, then walked to the Red Light District!
The following day we took a bike tour of Amsterdam with an amazing tour guide "MJ" and learned so much about the beautiful city. I will say riding a bike in Amsterdam is no joke! The locals are serious riders and don't take lightly to tourists riding without knowing the rules on the street! You're more likely to get hit by a bike than a car! We had the best apple pie at Winkel's. After we finished our bike tour, we did some amazing shopping on the 9 streets which reminded me of a lot of the boutiques in the West Village in NYC; indie, artsy, and eclectic. That evening we enjoyed an amazing Italian dinner just outside of the canal belt, and sadly packed up our suitcases to depart the following day.
We certainly had an amazing trip, but were ready to get back to NYC. I can't wait to visit London and Amsterdam again in the future, but will have to check off a few other destinations beforehand!