One day in Amsterdam...what do you do?

Amsterdam Travel Blog

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Trolly tracks

...You take a quick look around the city, and then you enjoy the coffee shops.  My friend Lauren and I somehow found our way from the trainstation to our hostel.  Seriously, it wasn't that complicated, but I feel like we spent a good hour and a half just looking at a map!  Once settled, we went to a cafe nearby for a "pancake"...and ran into two Canadian girls we'd met on the train from the airport.  Small city! 

At the airport in Chicago, Lauren and I saw two very good looking young men who we dubbed...actually, I can't remember what we decided to call them, suffice to say that we gave them nicknames based on their hotness.  They were travelling with their family, and we invented an elaborate story about why they were going to Amsterdam and where they came from.

The canal!
  Amazingly enough, when we took the train from the Schipol Airport in Amsterdam to the city central, who should sit next to us but their dad!! We struck up a conversation, and it turned out we were right about where they'd come from (Santa Barbara)...they were visiting family in Amsterdam.  Sometimes you have so much fun speculating about fellow travelers! :)

We spent the afternoon wandering around enjoying the sights...we rented bikes and toured the city (including the famed Red Light District, which was totally hoppin' for a Friday afternoon!).  My bike had a flat tire and I was totally intimidated about riding around a city...even though EVERYONE in Amsterdam has a bike.  We saw old fashioned bikes with young men riding as their girlfriends sat sidesaddle on the back, daintily holding baskets with their ankles crossed.

Bustling square
..how they didn't fall off, I'll never know.  We saw little babies riding in baskets in front of their parents' bikes...just about everyone had one.  We enjoyed a pint at a restaurant with a view of Dam Square and all the people mingling and meeting friends.

Late that night after a short nap, we went to dinner at a cafe on the square near our hotel.  Supposedly the square was considered a prime shopping area, and there were tons of bistros and coffee shops surrounding it.  At dinner we happened to see our Canadian friends, so we went to a nearby coffee shop and enjoyed some...laughs.

The next day our flight to Paris didn't leave til later in the afternoon, so we had some time to enjoy the city.  The weather was perfect.  We had coffee and bagels at a little cafe by the canal and wandered around the flower market.  We bought souvenirs and postcards (I LOVE sending postcards), and got a little lost on our way back to the hostel.  I spent much of the time with my nose in a map...but I usually got us to where we needed to be! 

In the mid afternoon, it was onward to Paris...

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Trolly tracks
Trolly tracks
The canal!
The canal!
Bustling square
Bustling square
Our room at the hostel
Our room at the hostel
Cute
Cute
Dam Square
Dam Square
Me and the big yellow clog
Me and the big yellow clog
The canal again
The canal again
Me and Lauren in the big yellow cl…
Me and Lauren in the big yellow c…
Lost again.
Lost again.
Pancake.
Pancake.
Flower market.
Flower market.
Coffee shop and my Canadien friend…
Coffee shop and my Canadien frien…
Lauren and her coffee by the canal.
Lauren and her coffee by the canal.
Shoes at the market
Shoes at the market
Me and Lauren and our hotel
Me and Lauren and our "hotel"
Coffee by the canal.
Coffee by the canal.
There were postcards like this all…
There were postcards like this al…
So tired on the way to the airport!
So tired on the way to the airport!
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Hotel in Amsterdam
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