Last November I went on a little break to visit my friend in Belgium for a week! We got up to a lot of stuff and if you want to read all about it, check out my blog post here – Short escape to Belgium.
We drove from Sint-Truiden, where my friend lives, to Amsterdam which took about 3 hours. We parked our car near to the train station in a car park, which ended up being pretty expensive for the full day we were there (about €55, which isn’t too bad split between 4).
We arrived in Amsterdam quite late and it took us a while to find our accommodation in the freezing cold. Our friend was amazing and booked us a room on a house boat for the night. Our boat was just outside the NEMO Science Museum and it was great! There were four of us so we had to squeeze into two singles but it was fun for the night! Once we’d checked in we dumped our things and went into Amsterdam.
Red Light District
This was my first time in Amsterdam and I had no idea what to expect! It was pretty busy in the centre as we made our way to the red light district. I was amazed when we arrived because it wasn’t what I expected! I’m not sure what I thought it would be but it was different. There are obviously lots and lots of girls and I actually never realised that the girls can open their doors and invite you in after deciding on a price. I thought they’d have to go through someone else first but it’s good that they get to decide. It’s great that there are lots of rules regarding the girls, obviously no pictures and to treat them with respect. It was fascinating to see and I enjoyed it!
We also headed to a coffee shop, no clue which one but there are hundreds around Amsterdam to check out! For someone who doesn’t smoke, I thought it would be a bit grim to go and sit inside surrounded by it but the smell wasn’t bad at all in the ones we went in. Some of the places you can order food and bring it in with you, whereas others you can buy and smoke it in there. It was an interesting experience!
After this we headed back to the boat and to bed as we wanted to be up quite early to see Amsterdam in the day. The next morning was a bit grey but we got up and headed to Starbucks for breakfast. We headed into town and to the square with the Royal Palace and National Monument. What a beautiful square with stunning buildings surrounding. The buildings in Amsterdam were just the best, one of my favourite parts of the city. After that we wandered around a few of the shops down the different alleys, some of the independent shops were really cool!
We found somewhere for lunch, which I can’t remember the name of, but it was really nice! I liked sitting near the window and just watching the world go by. In Amsterdam be extra cautious about the bikes. I thought I’d be used to it because I watched for bikes all the time in Thailand but this is just another level! We were very cautious when crossing the roads!
Afterwards we walked to the Anne Frank House to try and get tickets but little did I know you had to book in advance! Next time we’ll have to remember that!
We then went to the Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution which was so interesting. You learn all about how it works in Amsterdam and the rules and regulations you need to abide by. I found it so fascinating and there was a section at the end with everyones confessions on and some are hilarious! It was a great tour and I learned a lot about the red light district.
After that we had to make our way back to the car to go home. It took us another 3 hours home and we just chilled the rest of the night.
Even though we only spent a day in Amsterdam I fell in love with the city, like many do! The buildings were just rich with history and the canals were so pretty. Literally everywhere you turned was picturesque and photogenic. If you’ve never been before I highly suggest going and I can’t wait to go back!
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