Three Days in Amsterdam

So I actually got back from Amsterdam almost a month ago buuuuut I’ve been a busy bee and the photos aren’t going to go out of of date, so HERE THEY ARE.

After a nice early morning (neither me or Kayla are good at functioning at 3am), we got to sunny gatwick, just in time for Kayla to get visa checked. What a great start! We head for breakfast and a drink and before we know it, we’re off the shortest plane ride ever and out into the BLISTERING heat of Dam.

Seriously, it was nice that it was nice and sunny, but CHRIST that was something else. Lugging a suitcase around in 30 degree heat was definitely an experience, but then again, the whole weekend was.

The Hotel

Since we booked this trip two weeks before we flew, so when it came to hotels there were pretty slim pickings, so in a bit of an emergency, the Old Quarter Hotel was the best we could find, and honestly, while it may not have been the most aesthetically pleasing hotel, it was clean, in a fab location (slap bang in the red light district) AND had a cat in the bar downstairs. What could be better?

Our room is in a separate annexe, the only room with a private bathroom. And that was definitely necessary. There’s already four of us using this one bathroom, we don’t need to add any strangers to that equation too. Our room had windows facing a side alley, which as odd as it sounds was actually quite pretty anyway, great for a window selfie. The only issue of said windows were that they meant we could hear EVERYTHING going on outside, including the 6am bin men picking up the recycling, which means there was a lot of bottle smashing going on. Cue flashbacks to working at Wetherspoons. Other benefits include a wet room that means when you drop your shower jelly it slides across the entire room and stairs so savage that one flight is equivalent to six days cardio.

The Food

Okay so here’s a list of all the highly cultural food we consumed:

  • McDonalds
  • Wagamamas
  • KFC
  • Dunkin’ Donuts
  • A burger at the Amsterdam Tower
  • Dinner in a local Italian
  • Dunkin’ Donuts (again)
  • Burger King

Absolute tourists. We were literally the least cultural people out there. Actually I tell a lie, we tried a taster of a stroopwafel in the airport. On the way back. We’re the worst. In our defence, I’ve never seen so many fast food restaurants in such a close proximity to each other. A McDonalds on EVERY corner. But that’s what the munchies demand. If we had more time there we’d probably have eaten some less basic stuff, but here we are – basic people.

The Things to Do

Okay so as it turns out, two days in Amsterdam is definitely not enough. We could have done with another day or two at least. There’s a lot to do and a lot to explore and it turns out, loads of things to see and do are really CHEAP.

Day One

After our Wagamamas, which was naturally the first thing we did after checking into our hotel, we decided to have a wander around the nearby markets on the canal. They sell ALL kinds of stuff. Naturally, I have to try on five different pairs of sunglasses, because I have a problem (I’ve currently got 17 pairs in my collection), while the boys look at some very hippie clothes and a few wooden penis carvings. Rock and roll.

Next is just pure exploration. We get an uber back to our hotel and go for a wander around our area, just to get a feel for it. Turns out it can get HOT to walk around Amsterdam for hours. At this point I’m seriously regretting the full black jumpsuit because I am boiling in my own blood. What a charming analogy. We walk around for a couple of hours while I snap away before heading back to the hotel for a while to put ourselves back together and shower off this sweaty day. Kayla decides to strip the colour out of her hair while I nap which really threw me off when I woke up, I went to sleep and she had pink hair, I woke up and she was blonde. That’s confusing. Luckily I wake up to Jamie bringing us our cultural  KFC. It’s a good day.

As it gets dark we head back out to see what the red light district really has to offer, other than some very friendly ladies. We do some laps around the canals (okay, we do some laps around ALL THE WINDOWS, thanks lads) and take advantage of all the exercise we seem to be getting. Living in a country as conserved as England, it’s very bizarre to see everything that’s going on over here, and so brazenly.

Not ones to miss out on the experiences, we made the decision to go to a peep show. That was interesting. Me and Kayla go into a booth together, ready to comfort each other about whatever it was we were about to see. We expected to just see a nice lady having a bit of a dance in her underwear but we were VERY wrong. As it turns out we got to see two whole minutes of a lady and gentleman having full ~relations~ on a spinning bed. And all for two euros.

Day Two

Fully rested despite the bottle bins being emptied outside, day two was the day for being PROPER TOURISTS.

After a quick look around the shops with Kayla, we grab a quick Dunkin’ Donuts breakfast before we collect the boys and head off to our first tourist destination, the Heineken Experience. And that it was, I thought it’d just be wandering around a brewery for a few hours, but there were light shows, photo booths, a really jazzy basement bar and a horse. It was great fun. Straight after that we headed to the Amsterdam Tower to freak my parents out with photos of us on the A’DAM Lookout. On such a nice day, it was really nice to sit and drink wine (I was bored of Heineken by that point) on a roof with loud music and beanbags. And then swing out over the edge at 100m up. As you do.

We headed down to the restaurant after that and grabbed a bite to eat and a quick photoshoot opportunity (that building was serious Instagram goals) before heading back to the hotel for a quick nap. Later that evening, Kayla and I went and sat out by the canal while the boys were taking forever. Seriously, we’re in Amsterdam, let’s go and SEE STUFF. Once we finally got the boys out the door, we headed out with one goal in mind. Get a photo with a penis statue. So back to the main red light canal we go. Sex museums can be odd. That’s all I have to say about it, but I’ll leave you with this:

Two whirlwind days in Amsterdam later and I’m asleep on the plane home, and in the car home, and then in my bed. God it’s a tiring place, but tbh I can’t wait to go back.

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36 Comments

  1. June 14, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    Sounds like you had an interesting few days away! With only booking the trip 2 weeks before, you did pretty well. One of my friends has been to Amsterdam and did a few of the tourist things, she said it was an interesting place haha. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Amy,
    https://creativenails.uk

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 8:34 pm

      It was a very interesting place!

  2. June 14, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    Great photos! I’d love to go back to Amsterdam, I have only ever been in winter!

    abbiejadewanders.co.uk

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 14, 2018 / 8:39 pm

      I’d love to go in winter and see everything all christmassy! (unless it’s raining, that wouldn’t be fun)

  3. June 14, 2018 / 9:40 pm

    Sounds like an awesome trip, I’m dying to go to Amsterdam! Also, I used to work in Wetherspoons too! And the sound of smashing bottles takes me screaming back to the days of emptying bins!!

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 8:18 pm

      It was so much fun! I’m pretty sure that sound is gonna haunt me forever…

  4. June 15, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    Amsterdam is at the top of my places to go list, hopefully for more than 48 hours! Great post and I love the style of your photos! <3

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you so much Jenny! x

  5. June 15, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I visited Amsterdam for the first time this year and loved it!! Your photos are stunning and have really made me want to go back

    Becca // http://becc4.co.uk

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 8:26 pm

      Thank you so much lovely!

  6. June 15, 2018 / 7:50 pm

    I’ve always said I want to go to Amsterdam but this post has made me determined to go now! 🙊 I’d make sure to book at least 3 or 4 days after what you said though, I love exploring and wouldn’t want to leave feeling disappointed and like I’d missed out on things lol as for the food, I’m glad to know there are lots of places I can eat! I have IBS and one of the main anxieties for me with travelling is if there’ll be places that do food I can eat without having a flair up!xx

    Jade | jademarie.co.uk

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you lovely! Yes, I’d definitely say go for longer, I had no idea there was quite SO much to do!

  7. June 15, 2018 / 8:05 pm

    Amsterdam has been at the top of my travelling bucket list for so long and this post confirmed just how bad I want to go! I just have to say your photos are incredible, your so good at photography!

    Robyn
    http://www.midnightandlace.co.uk/

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you so much beaut!! x

  8. June 15, 2018 / 9:16 pm

    I would be the same way! I always go for familiar food instead of trying new things, but I’m trying to change that. It looks like a great trip 🙂

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 9:18 pm

      I try to be adventurous, this time it just didn’t work out that way haha!

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 15, 2018 / 9:19 pm

      I usually try to be adventurous, it just didn’t work out that way this time haha!

  9. June 16, 2018 / 5:28 pm

    Wow 3 am! I cannot blame you that you were not ready to face the day! Perks of early flight include cheaper price but gosh! I need coffee asap! Iga http://www.igaberry.com

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      June 17, 2018 / 8:55 pm

      Coffee was a must on that morning haha!

  10. July 5, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    I absolutely adore your photos! Sounds like you had a great time 🙂

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 8:41 pm

      Thank you lovely! x

  11. July 5, 2018 / 7:18 pm

    Sounds like an awesome trip! I’ve always wanted to go to Amsterdam! It’s definitely on my travel bucket list. Beautiful photos!

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 8:51 pm

      Thank you so much! I’d 100% recommend it! x

  12. July 5, 2018 / 7:23 pm

    I’m dying to go to Amsterdam! It looks like you had a fun trip, even if the peep show wasn’t what you were expecting!

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 8:54 pm

      It’s so lovely, I’d definitely recommend it, maybe not a peep show though haha! x

  13. July 5, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Sounds like a good trip in Amsterdam and great pics! 💕

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 8:57 pm

      Thank you so much! x

  14. Rhiannah
    July 5, 2018 / 8:50 pm

    I love your photography style; it’s so aesthetically pleasing! I’ve only spent a few hours in Amsterdam and this post makes me want to visit the city again, it’s so pretty!

    Rhiannah
    http://www.riristravels.wordpress.com

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      July 5, 2018 / 9:03 pm

      Thank you so much sweet! More than a few hours is definitely needed haha! x

  15. July 5, 2018 / 11:52 pm

    Sorry, I saw the penis statue and nothing else matters….haha. but seriously, thanks for sharing. My company has a few clients from Amsterdam and they are always encouraging me to visit. maybe I’ll do a girl’s trip?

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      July 16, 2018 / 8:35 pm

      Hahaha thank you!! I think it’d be perfect for a girl’s trip! x

  16. Lupe
    July 18, 2018 / 7:15 pm

    This makes me want to go to Amsterdam someday! The photography is amazing, glad you found some fun stuff to do

  17. Charlene McElhinney
    August 2, 2018 / 7:19 pm

    It looks like you had so much fun, everyone that visits here always seem to have an excellent time! I feel like I’m missing out on something, especially after seeing the last photo (lol), I need to visit Amsterdam some day! I wonder if I can convince my boyfriend to join me!

    Charlene McElhinney
    http://www.charlenemcelhinney.co.uk

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      August 2, 2018 / 9:27 pm

      It’s honestly SUCH a fun city, I’d definitely recommend it! You should, use your feminine charms of persuasion haha! x

  18. August 3, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    I love all of these photos, so many gorgeous ones! Sounds like you had a good time and although you didn’t get cultural food it still sounds good haha!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    • Jodiedcmitchell
      Author
      August 6, 2018 / 8:43 pm

      Thank you Sophie! x

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