During the spring semester, the study abroad office at my home university held a pre-departure orientation, where the highlight was meeting four other girls going to the University of Sussex. One of these girls, Emily, and I were in touch often and were talking about our travel aspirations. As it turns out, we shared a mutual priority of visiting Amsterdam. Without further ado, we booked a trip together and started getting excited. Soon after. Another girl from Arizona State, Jessica, asked to join us. I’m all for “the more, the merrier” policy, so with that, the three of us set off!
Friday, 25 September: We didn’t arrive at our hostel until early evening, so we didn’t do much for our first night aside from dining out and bar hopping around our hostel.
Saturday, 26 September: We had a really busy first day, starting off with a visit to Dam Square; the town square with shops and landmarks like the Royal Palace and National Monument. After that, we went on an hour-long canal tour. On our way to the other side of town, we walked through the floating Flower Market. We weren’t bothered to buy anything, but it’s a neat place nonetheless. Then, we visited the Van Gogh Museum before walking around a nearby park to end our day.
Sunday, 27 September: Although we weren’t bothered to wait in line on Saturday, we returned to the Anne Frank House Sunday morning, determined to get in this time. We waited in the queue for about an hour, but it was worth it, the history behind the home is really interesting. After that, we grabbed a bite to eat at a pancake, which was (what I think) the best meal we had. Emily and I shared two crepes; one sweet with Nutella, bananas and coconut and one savory with cheese, onions and mushrooms. They were both very good, but you can never go wrong with sweet. We then visited the Tulip Museum, which was probably the biggest surprise. I had no idea the flower had such a history. Lastly, we rented bikes for a few hours without any real direction and ended up in the Red Light District. It was pretty weird, I’m just glad I didn’t go at night.
The three of us are in consensus that it was a fun, but tiring trip. I had a great time with the two of them and can’t wait to travel with them again.
My next adventure: Milan, Italy!
Photo by Autumn Studio.