November 30th, 2007 – by: tirsomaldonado
The flight was at 7 am in the morning, so we had to get up around 4:30 am to be in time. The night before we had a hotel party in Torrejón de Ardoz, so we stayed there to be close from the aiport. What a fun night! The reception was like a night in Hollywood. When I got there i had to walk on a red carpet and everybody from town was there waiting for everyone to arrive. There were some famous people invited such as Ibon Reyes… I was just a friend of the hotel´s manager ☺
In Ámsterdam I met three more friends from Barcelona! It was going to be a good weekend!. As soon as we got to the airport we got a taxi and we drove to our hotel.
As soon as we got to the hotel, we took a shower and we got ready to visit the city. We went straight to the Central Station and from there we went to visit Dam Square.
This is where the city began, around a dam built across the River Amstel. By the way, the name Ámsterdam comes from “Amstel” + “Dam” or Aemstelredam, and later “Ámsterdam”. It is also a very cosmopolitan city, as there are people from 170 nationalities. They have around 1000 bridges and almost 100 canals around Central Station. By the way, we tried to stay in Amstelbotel, but they make you stay a minimum of 3 nights. If I remember well, it was around 90 euros a night.
For lunch we checked our Lonely Planet, but two of the places listed in the guide were closed, so we ended up going to a place we found walking around the city. Actually we were quite lucky, as it was a place serving dutch food. There were other people there, and none were tourists.
The name of the restaurant was Oud Holland and it speciality was a big platter with tradicional Dutch food. By the way, If you love wine, do not order it in Ámsterdam. Most of them are quite bad, so beer is the best bet. Once we finished lunch we walked around the Red Light District. The guide said to keep your eyes on the architecture but it was so difficult hahahah… Prostitutes display themselves in windows under red neon lights. After wandering through the area for a little bit, we ended up in a coffee shop. Its name was Greenhouse, and it is supposed to be one of the best ones in the city. What is really annoying is that you cannot order any alcoholic drinks. You can drink sodas and coffee, but forget about ordering a beer.
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At 10:30 we were back in the hotel having some food we bought in a supermarket…
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