Last month, if you follow me on Instagram then you will have seen that my boyfriend and I took a weekend break to Amsterdam. I have to say, Amsterdam is one of my favourite cities to visit (previous post here), so I was so happy to finally share it with Alex. The idea around this post is going to be a little bit different than my normal. I’m not going to go into great detail about our trip, as it wasn’t much different to my first trip to Amsterdam – there was a lot of eating, drinking beer and walking.
I wanted this post to be more visual, rather than text, as it can get a little boring for me to write and I normally forget a lot of things, and therefore it will probably be boring for you to read too. But I will give a little context to the post and tell you a little about the weekend. We booked it very last minute – I had actually booked Alex and myself off work so that we could go home for my Sister and my Mum’s birthdays. However, we really needed a holiday, and after asking them they told us it was ok to go (we were so stressed out). So I booked it the week before, and I wasn’t actually too fussy where we went, but it turned out Amsterdam worked out the cheapest, and Alex has never been! We didn’t have a lot in mind of what we wanted to do there, just eat a lot of food and drink a lot of beer and pray for sun – all our wishes came true!
We actually didn’t realise that it was Pride in Amsterdam when we booked, and it meant that the streets were packed and full of drunk (and high) people. It was actually truly amazing to see, however the crowds of people you had to squeeze through to get anywhere did begin to affect my anxiety, so much so that I ended up having a panic attack after getting a cup of warm water (I thought it was pee, or worse, sick) thrown down my leg whilst in the Red Light District.
In terms of sightseeing, we didn’t actually do a lot. We walked down the Amstel everyday out of necessity, Rembrantplein had a huge stage plonked in the middle, Alex hates museums so we only walked past on our way to bars and restaurants. However, this was meant to be a relaxing holiday, and the heat made us not want to be inside all day, so on one of our many walks, we decided to head towards the Heineken Experience, as is was rather close to our hotel (House of Freddy if anyone wants to know). I am so glad we did this as the rooftop bar is so amazing – it has live music and the best barbecued burgers I have EVER eaten! Not only that but the museum was actually quite fun and educational – and who am I kidding? I just love beer!