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Calli and I woke up really early to drive to Amsterdam on Saturday. We decided to just make a day trip out of it instead of staying overnight. I’d never been to Amsterdam before and neither had he so it was fun to go to a new place together!
The drive to Amsterdam from Münster was super easy. It took less than 2 hours and we parked in a “Park and Go” parking lot, which meant we could park for free the entire day. The parking lot was conveniently located right at a tram stop that took us straight into Amsterdam’s Central Station. I would highly recommend parking outside the city and taking the train in, if possible.
After wandering around the city a few hours and grabbing lunch, we decided to rent bikes! We found an awesome bike company that rented out bikes for 4 hours and it only cost 8 Euros! After riding a bike in Amsterdam, I will NEVER complain about the bikes in Heidelberg. Actually, I think biking in Amsterdam was quite a confidence booster! First off, I decided to wear a skirt (didn’t ever think we would be renting bikes) and then proceeded to flash pretty much all of Amsterdam…opps!!! I guess they are pretty liberal in Amsterdam, though? Secondly, with all the canals and cobblestone streets, the roads are super, super narrow. Thankfully, on the main streets, they have bikes lanes (actually, most of the streets have bike lanes). However, the back roads/old roads do not have bike lanes! Lastly, everyone hates everyone and there is constantly a power struggle between the bikers, pedestrians, cars, and trams/buses. They all hate each other and don’t want to abide by the rules (which ends up with everyone making up their own rules). I was constantly weaving in-and-out of crowds, buses, etc. Actually, when we initially rented the bikes, I almost hit a tram…opps!!! Biking Amsterdam was gorgeous and allowed us to see a LOT of the city…and it was quite an adrenaline experience!
After returning the bikes, we walked around a bike and had linner (lunch/dinner) at an adorable cafe. I had the most delicious pancakes/crepes with mouth-watering milk chocolate and strawberries. Yummy! We ended up walking around a bit afterwards and tried to go to the Anne Frank House…the line was wayyyyy too long! We tried going earlier in the day as well and the line was also super long. Unfortunately, it was a Saturday and a holiday weekend in most of Europe. If/When I go again, I’m going to book tickets for the Anne Frank House in advance.