Third time’s the charm?
In the case of Amsterdam, this saying may fit perfectly. Not to say that my other two visits were wonderful, but both of those were jam-packed with all the tourist must-sees the city has to offer. The first time they were exciting because I was 18 and in Europe with no adults. The second time they were exciting because Joey and Matt hadn’t been before and I was a bit more interested in the sites than I was the first time. But this third time, I made sure to spend a little extra time exploring the canals and wandering the streets. I tried to find new shops and new places to enjoy an afternoon drink. It was also a wonderful break from the freezing temps in Salzburg. I never thought I’d think 40 degrees Fahrenheit would be warm, but after a few weeks of the temps in Salzburg staying way below 32, it was very nice to not be freezing cold walking around. I did hit up a few of the tourist sites I hadn’t had time for on past trips– The Van Gough Museum, the Optical Illusion Museum, and the House of Bols all of which I highly recommend. The Optical Illusion Museum was quite a surprise, its on the top floor of a popular bookstore, but it was one of the best museums I’ve been to in a long time. It just had a ton of posters of optical illusions which I think are really fun to look at. The House of Bols was also a pleasant surprise, but that may be the cocktail and 2 shots that are included in the price of admission.Wandering the streets and shopping filled the remainder of my days. It was nice to have time to just wander the streets and see parts of the non-touristy side of the city.
This trip to Amsterdam was quite a bit more relaxed than my other trips, but we were also there 2 days longer than last time and I was exploring alone since Joey was there for work. We did still get to enjoy a few Heineken’s and some walks through Dam Square. I’m not sure Amsterdam is on my list of cities to return back to ASAP, but its a wonderful city that always shows me a fun time.
One picture from the trip I took on my small camera.