Happy cows come from Holland
Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 24 of 47 › view all entries
Friday was finally the day!! Our first over-night trip away from London. We decided to take a 3 day/2 night coach trip to Amsterdam/Bruges with International Friends. Pretty good deal, £179/person with travel, hotel, breakfast, and a few tours included.
Early, early start in the morning. Had to be to Lewisham by 6:55am, which thankfully was only a 20 minute bus ride away from us. However, when we got there I was concerned about where we should meet up with the coach so I phoned the emergency line; the guy I spoke to let me know and then also told me the coach was running late. In fact, it ran so late that the guy from the company came and picked us up in his own car and drove us the hour to the ferry in Dover to meet up with it.
Took the ferry from Dover to Calais, France. It felt like being on a mini cruise ship, complete with bars and on board shopping. That coupled with the fact we saw a real cruise ship in port made me want to take another cruise! :p The White Cliffs of Dover are pretty impressive. Its just this huge expanse of land and all of a sudden it drops off into the ocean hundreds of feet below. Very cool.
The coach ride was alright, just very long and we were accompanied by some of the most annouying people possible. Mostly FSU students who were only excited about being stoned for three days. Boo! lol...
To explain the title of this entry, there are SO MANY cows and sheep in rural Holland.
Arrived in Amsterdam at around 5:30pm and checked into our hotel. Up until right before we left, we were supposed to be staying in The Winston, which is apparently a really cool hostel right in the center of the city. However, due to some rodent problems we were moved to the Casa400 which was the upgrade for the trip (you pay £10 extra a person to stay here but we got it for free). Honestly, I wish it hadn't happened and I would never have paid the upgrade; the Casa400 is a 15 min bus ride outside the city and not convenient in the least. It was an alright hotel, don't get me wrong, and David and I were fortunate enough not to have to share a room with anyone, but it was just a hassle.
After check in we were shuttled off to an evening river cruise. Amsterdam is BEAUTIFUL! There is so much more to it than drugs and hookers, I swear! :D Lots of lovely houses and a really wonderful canal system. Plus, people ride their bikes everywhere! Its so great to just walk around and be outside with all the vibrant, happy people and amazing scenery.
But of course, no trip to Amsterdam would be complete without a stroll through the Red Light District. David and I got lost from the tour group almost immediately, and I became very pissed off, but we found them about 10 furious minutes later.
That evening, David and I spent some time walking around, enjoyed a coffee (not code word for anything, lol), and had some deliciously cheap chinese food before heading back to the hotel. It was a nice first day and I slept AMAZINGLY.
Continued tomorrow ------>