Although I grew up in London and spent over 15 years in Europe, I am probably one of the only people I know who has not been to Amsterdam. A lot of my friends when we were in our late teens headed over for weekends, but I always dug my heels in and refused to go. Now it’s not because I don’t want to go to Amsterdam, on the contrary it looks like a beautiful city and one I would love exploring. The main reason was I didn’t want to go to a city and do the stupid teen thing and spend the entire weekend sampling the various ‘cafes’, end up in a haze and miss my flight home – and worse still not get to experience the beauty of Amsterdam.
Now years later, I am living in Christchurch in New Zealand, and my neighbour, one we have grown close to especially post-earthquakes, is a lovely lady from Amsterdam. Over the last few years, I have talked to her about her life in Amsterdam. She is still a keen cyclist, and I see her often heading off to the shops on her bike complete with basket and bell. And the best of all is she makes us traditional dutch desserts, which are delicious, but unfortunately the recipes are a closely guarded secret.
Visit the house of Anne Frank
Go to the Van Gogh Museum
Watch Ajax play football
Cruise on the canals
Take a bike ride tour around the city taking photos of the beautiful buildings
Find a proper Holland windmill – although I’m guessing I would need to go out of Amsterdam for this!
Take a walk around the red light district
Collapse into bed after a busy day at one of the many beautiful hostels in Amsterdam
and I suppose I can’t go to Amsterdam without visiting one of the ‘coffee shops’
Have you been to Amsterdam? Is there anything else I should have on my bucket list? Would love to hear some recommendations from you all.
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