Ali Digs Amsterdam
Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 10 of 18 › view all entries
As soon as we got into town I could already tell that this place was going to be a fun adventure! From the train station we took a taxi to the hotel because we had no idea of where we were going. Page 2 of the itinerary did not print, all the street names were incredibly hard to pronounce and they all looked alike. Our taxi ride ended up being a little more expensive than what we had anticipated. We later found out that anyone can become a taxi driver; it’s just a matter of getting the right paperwork.
When we arrived at the hotel our room wasn’t ready so we decided to get a bite to eat. We went to a little pub located on the bank of the canal. We then walked down to the outdoor flower market. From the flower market we returned to the hotel to settle in and take a nap.
After our nap we headed back into the city center (8:00 PM) and the partying had already started. The clubs were opening for the evening and the restaurants were filled with all sorts of people. As we walked around we were deciding where to eat and we ended up on the patio of a sports bar and grill that overlooked a busy “street scene” square. Dad and I got the all-you-can-eat spare rib special. Christy and Sam got margarita pizza, again! You would be surprised to know that I ate almost everything on my plate (2 full racks) with a little help on the fries from Christy.
After dinner we decided to live on the edge and go to the red light district. WOW! That is the only word that can describe what we saw. For the “business owners” it seemed like a weird, maybe awful way to earn a living.
Another thing to remember about Amsterdam is that “pub” means a drinking establishment and “café” means a smoking establishment, and they weren’t smoking tobacco!
As we headed home from the Red Light District we stopped and had little dessert pastries. I speak for everyone when I say that they were delicious!
This morning (Friday June 18, 2009) we woke up at 7:15 AM and had breakfast at the hotel. We then walked down the street to the Anne Frank House (annex where Anne, her family and 4 others hid for 2 years during WWII).
We left the museum at around noon and went to a pancake house and had pancakes with different things in them. Pancakes are a specialty in the Netherlands. No wonder the Ragsdale’s had pancakes for breakfast every morning of last year’s vacation. My pancake had cheese and resembled a quesadilla, Dad had bacon, Christy had apple, and Sam had chocolate, of course!
One thing I have to mention here is the transportation in Amsterdam.
After a short nap back at the hotel, we headed to an open-air market to piece together a cheap dinner. We got some really yummy aged Gouda cheese (local specialty), a salami, olives, blueberries, tomatoes, bread, Dutch chocolate, and had a feast in our hotel room. I looked for clothes at the market but decided to wait because I didn’t want to make my bag any heavier.
After dinner Christy, Sam and I packed our bags while Dad went on a Heineken brewery tour. We had to be up at 5:00 AM to catch the morning train to Bacharach, Germany (our next stop).
Amsterdam will definitely be one of my favorites!