Amsterdam Travel Blog› entry 2 of 6 › view all entries
I started the day, with touring the City, following along the guidebook. It began at Central Station, and I headed there. Along the way, I heard knocking on windows, which were prostitutes trying to get my attention. Yes, even in the morning daylight.
Once at Central Station, I walked down Damrak, passing by the Sex Museum (which I did not go to), and stopping by a place to try French fries with mayonnaise, which is a Flemish thing. It was good, but I did not like the paper cone. I continued on, til I reached Dam Square. There was the Royal Palace, which was going through renovations, so with the scaffolding, I did not get a good view of the building. I went inside the New Church, which was a museum that I had to pay for. I just wanted to look at the church interior, but could barely get a peek.
I went down the pedestrian street, Kalverstraat, which had shops and fast-food chains. I stopped by the hidden Catholic Church, which was that way, back when Catholicism was illegal in the late 1500's. It was not open, so I moved on, to the Amsterdam History Museum. I just went around the courtyard, planning to see the museum later.
I continued on to the Begijnhof, which was a place where the women lived, the ones who dedicated their lives to God, but not exactly nuns, going back to the 14th century. Hard for me to explain. Photos were not allowed of the homes and its residents, but I did take pictures of the 2 churches that I visited. One of them was a Catholic church, while the other an English church, and I could see the difference between the 2.
I went back to the hostel, and on the way, is when I noticed the canals, which are throughout the city.
Afterwards, I am back out, and to the Amsterdam History Museum. I bought a museum pass called the Museumkaart, costing about 40 euros. It included most of the ones that I planned to visit, saving money in the long run. I toured this museum, focusing on some parts, and skimmed through others, as it is very extensive. The fun part was playing with the bells. More about it in the review here.
After the museum, I continued to tour the city, passing by the Mint Tower, and the Flower Market, as the Netherlands is known for its tulips.
I walked back to the hostel, and met a few people who were in the same room as me. There was one guy from Spain, who just moved to Amsterdam. And 2 guys from Finland, visiting a friend in the Netherlands. We all decided to grab dinner and find a bar to hang out at. We walked around the Red Light District, until we came across an Asian restaurant called Wok. We chose the components and they cook them together. I got rice, chicken, and pepper Beijing sauce. I ate and was very satisfied, as this actually filled me up.
We walked around, until we went to a bar to hang out. In this bar, there was a black cat who lives there, and jumped on the bar table. Too bad that I did not bring a camera with me. After that, I went back to the hostel, and took care of some things, before going to bed.