Amsterdam Day 1|Don’t trust Em to give directions (I got us lost oops)

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Hello! Or should I say hallo as I’m writing about my trip to Amsterdam last week. πŸ™‚

A couple of months ago, two of my friends and I spontaneously decided to book a holiday in Amsterdam. Well, it wasn’t quite like that – we didn’t just rock up at the travel agency and book a holiday on a whim. In fact, we almost didn’t make it to our appointment at the agency as we got the times muddled up and got carried away eating pizza (and our parents still trusted us to go abroad by ourselves?!?). We were hoping to go on holiday in the UK and stay in a caravan or something, but we actually discovered that it would be cheaper to go on a European city break than holiday here, especially as not many places in the UK will allow groups of teenagers to stay, so going abroad was sort of a last minute decision. As one of my friends went to a Scout and Guide jamboree in the Netherlands last year, we thought Amsterdam would be a good option as at least one of us was (kind of) familiar with the city already.

I’ve wanted to go to Amsterdam for a while now – not only because I’d have a greater chance of bumping into my bae Douwe Bob πŸ˜‰ – but also to explore Dutch culture too. I didn’t expect to have the opportunity to go so soon though!! To be honest, it still hasn’t sunk in that I’ve actually been, haha, but I’m looking forward to documenting the trip here to look back on in the future.

Anyway, we left the UK last Monday to head off on our adventure. I was actually quite stressed beforehand as airport security really stresses me out and I was worried I’d packed something that I wasn’t allowed to take (like my Harry Potter pin badges on my denim jacket – I would have been so sad if they had confiscated them, but luckily they didn’t). Funnily enough, I actually had to be patted down both times we went through security as I apparently had something metal on me which set of the scanners?? But it wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it would be and we were soon through security and waiting for our gate to open, so it worked out okay in the end.

The actual flight only took 55 minutes from Bristol to Amsterdam, which is mad because that’s shorter than the amount of time it used to take me to get to college everyday on the bus!!? I clearly should have just gone to college in the Netherlands instead πŸ˜‚ As we were flying with KLM, we did get free sandwiches and drinks which was cool as I’ve only ever flown with EasyJet before where you don’t get any refreshments, also the packaging was really cute!

Clouds outside airplane window

We’d tried to organise the holiday as much as possible beforehand, so we’d already bought our tickets for the bus that would take us from Schipol to the city centre. However, it took us a good 30 mins to actually find the stand that the bus was leaving from because the departure board kept sending us to different bus stands – one of which didn’t exist??? We had to get on at stand B17 but we couldn’t find any bus stops past B14 which resulted in us running around like headless chickens along with two other travellers, who were also looking for the same bus, until the bus we needed happened to pull up next to us, so I guess we’d found the invisible B17 stand without realising? It was confusing.

The chaos continued when we got off outside the Rijksmuseum 40 minutes later. I’d printed out a map and attempted to lead my friends to our hostel but everything looked different in real life and we ended up walking around in circles before we actually found the street we were staying on. I think we must of arrived in rush hour or something as well because the roads were so busy with cars, trams and bikes so it was a nightmare trying to walk through the city with all our luggage. So what should have been a 10 minute walk ended up taking over 30 mins due to my bad map reading. Oops. We landed in Amsterdam at about 4pm I think but it was past 6pm by the time we arrived at the hostel.

Looking down a street
Our hostel on Kerkstraat

We were lucky enough to be staying within the canal belt near to Museumplein and although our hostel branded itself “the worst hostel in the world”, it actually turned out to be rather good compared to other hostels I’ve stayed in! We were on the 4th floor so the view we had from the window was amazing. I spent so much time with my head stuck out the window looking at all the different buildings whenever we came back to the hostel. It really was a great view though.

Dutch houses
View from the window

After unpacking and having a rest, we headed out for dinner. Unsurprisingly, we again ended up walking around in circles trying to get to the Leidseplein area to find somewhere to eat, but we managed to find a shortcut on the way back which we remembered for the following days. We strolled along the canals after dinner and it was beautiful – I really wish I hadn’t left my camera in the hostel but I did manage to get a few (bad quality) photos on my phone!

Canals with flowers in foreground

Yellow car beside canal

Fountain

Multi-coloured Dutch houses

Canals with street lamp in foreground

Hard Rock CafΓ© sign

I think we ended the day by playing UNO and Irish Snap in the hostel, and of course I kept looking out of the window trying to get photos of the street at nighttime (I was obsessed with this window ahh I miss the view!).

Most of day 1 was spent travelling to Amsterdam, as you can tell, as we had an afternoon flight. However it was really relaxing to have the evening to settle in before our busy second day of the trip!

Hope you enjoyed reading about our first day in the city, stay tuned if you want to see what else we got up to. πŸ™‚

(p.s. I drew all the featured images for this mini-series myself so apologies if the drawings aren’t great haha)

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14 thoughts on “Amsterdam Day 1|Don’t trust Em to give directions (I got us lost oops)

  1. Oh I love Amsterdam so much and this post just made me want to hop on a plane right away to go back! It’s definitely one of my favourite places that I have ever been and all your photos are so lovely. I am so so excited to read the rest of your Amsterdam adventures. Also its so cute that you drew your own header, it’s really good πŸ˜€ x

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    1. Ahh it makes me want to go back too, even though I was only there last week! I think it’s going to become one of my favourite places too πŸ™‚ ahh I’m glad you like the header and I hope you enjoy the rest of the series πŸ™‚

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  2. I was in Amsterdam about four years ago and it was so much fun! I’m pretty sure we went to the same Hard Rock cafe that you’ve got pictured haha

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  3. Honestly, the getting lost is SO RELATABLE!! Also the organisation. When we went to Vienna, we were organised at first but then it devolved into spontaneous trips and shouting. That first day sounds relaxing but I think you guys needed it! I can’t wait to read the rest of it!

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  4. Maybe B17 is our version of Platform 9 and 3/4 πŸ˜› I almost never take the bus at Schiphol so I had no idea it existed haha

    Oh no Em it’s pretty much always like that (except in the early morning) πŸ˜‚ The center is very busy and chaotic

    You were so lucky with your hostel’s location! It’s perfect and that view! Can’t wait to read your other posts πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha maybe!!! 😜 We thought it might be easier than taking a train but turns out it wasn’t haha, but we got there in the end! πŸ˜‚ Yeah, I think I got used to the busyness in the end when we finally worked out how to cross the roads without running in fear πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Ahhh I still miss the view πŸ˜₯ an excuse to go back though!

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