Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 15 of 37 › view all entries
got into amsterdam late at night and checked into our ghetto hotel. you know the type, you turn down the crappy dark alley, see a hotel sign with only the L lit up hoping that its not yours, but of course it is.
the place wasnt all that bad really i guess, it smelled a little, and i could pry my locker door open while locked. but aside from that, it was alright - still by far the worst place we have stayed on our trip. thankfully we were only staying one night and we are now staying at a much nicer hostel in the middle of the city two blocks from red light.
the weather has been pretty cool/rainy since we have gotten here - i dont like it very much. i miss the heat and sunshine that we had in italy. if i end up going to scandinavia i will definitely be investing in some sort of hoodie as the longsleeve shirt i have isnt cutting it here, and certainly wont farther north.
i rented a bike for the four days we are here - so far its working out really well. its a little intimidating at first, lots of people walking, biking, scooters, cars, trams, busses, etc and it gets pretty hectic in some of the bigger squares ive encountered. i also havent used a bike since highschool, and its got the old style pedal brakes which is just another thing to get used to again.
all in all, i like it - today i rode over to the van gogh museum across town, was easy to get to with the bike. the only problem is its easy to get lost when using the bike since you are moving so fast past all these side streets and you cant always stop and check the map when you need to. several times i have found myself 4-5 blocks past my turn, but it is certainly a great way to see the city.
the museum was really nice, i spent 2-3 hours in there i would say. they had his paintings laid out in chronological order and it was interesting to see the progression in his work as he tried new styles and what not.
in addition to the van gogh museum i also got a chance to visit the anne frank house which i thought was really well done and should be visited by everyone. as expected it was a bit of a somber place but the way they made use of quotes from her diary was great. i considered picking up a copy to read while on my trip, but im hoping to be able to get one via bookswap at a future hostel.
we also went to the heineken brewery tour which was great. the guy at the counter put out too many stacks of chips that you use to get beers throughout the tour so cheryl, ben, and i ended up staying in one of the bars for 3 rounds of drinks. the heineken here tastes very different than at home but it grows on you.