Thursday, December 16, 2010

Throwback Thursday: Vivia Las Amsterdam

I am very excited because tomorrow will be my last day of work in 2010! I have been living abroad now for over 4 months, and time is flying by. I am getting ready to head out on another trip and will be travelling for around 2 weeks. Fingers crossed the snow holds off so I make my flight. My first stop is Amsterdam, and then shortly to follow will be London. I first visited Amsterdam back in the summer of 2006 when I was travelling abroad as a graduate student. I thought it would be a great Throwback Thursday blog post, so here goes....

I was backpacking my way through Italy when I met a Brazilian guy at my hostel in Rome. Enter Luis. Luis lived in Paris and the two of us hit it off right away, and after a fun filled weekend in Italy he invited me to travel to Amsterdam with two of his friend the following weekend.  So, I boarded a 14 hour night train and made my way to the Netherlands.

The city has something for everyone, and I have to say I really enjoyed myself that weekend. Remembering back to that trip, we had beautiful weather and the city was booming with tourism. I was very nervous staying at the hostel in Amsterdam, which was called the Flying Pig, and the room I was in had 8 bunk beds- all boys and me. Once I arrived and checked in I knew it was going to be a fun weekend the fear at staying at the flying pig flew right out the window! This is by far the one of the best hostel's I have stayed at in my travels!

Amsterdam was a lot cleaner than I envisioned it to be, and I really loved all of the canals that ran throughout the city.  Locals ride bikes or use public transport, so if you visit you have to keep a look out for bikes flying at you from all directions.

While in Amsterdam I visited the Anne Frank house. I remember reading her book in the 8th grade, and actually getting to see where she was hiding for all of those years was a very humbling experience. I also went to the Van Gogh museum which I would recommend to any art lovers. I don't really know too much about art, but I like to try and be somewhat cultural on my travels. This was an art museum worth the cost of admission.

In my opinion, Amsterdam is like the Las Vegas of Europe. It is a circus, and as mentioned before has something for everyone. Here are just a few shots from the street my hostel was on.

Coffee Shops and Red Lights

window shopping in the red light....

I also made it a priority to see a windmill while in Holland. I actually had to take a tram outside of the city to get to this one. I would like to revisit the country during the tulip festival and try to find more windmills. 

Overall the weekend was one of the best I had while backpacking that summer. I am really looking forward to my trip tomorrow and plan on visiting the Heineken factory and enjoy time relaxing. Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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