amsterdam, netherlands

Fun fact: Did you know that Amsterdam is a city in the region of Holland in the country of the Netherlands whose people are Dutch?

We didn’t! Anyways, after the windmill town we headed to Amsterdam. This is the station – a famous building in itself.

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We had no concrete plans so we just wandered around the city.

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zaanse schans, netherlands

On the second day, we went to de Zaanse Schans – a historic windmill town near where we were staying.

This was one of the highlights for me on the trip. The small town preserved the old style of houses and the windmills are in actual working order. We learned about how to make clogs, cheese, and peanut oil. We went up one of the windmills and found out after leaving you are supposed to pay 2 eus for entrance. The person collecting wasn’t there. Oops! 🙂

Everything was super cute and there were quite a few artists there painting the scenery. I’m glad our ABnB host suggested we get there in the morning since the tourist rush came just as we were leaving.

keukenhof, lisse, netherlands

Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower gardens – focusing on tulips. It’s located in Lisse, Netherlands and is only open a few months of the year. My family highly recommended that I visit and I was not disappointed.

Ditta and I hopped on a bus to Lisse straight from the airport. We noticed the sun was out when we landed and that the weather forecasted rain the next couple days so we  impromptu rejiggered our plans and headed south. Good thing we did too! Round trip transportation was €24 versus €55 in listings in town.

It was beautiful. We were dead tired from our early morning flight, but still enjoyed it immensely. The colors were so vibrant! I’m not quite pro enough to edit any of my pictures when I post it on this blog so believe me when I say that it was prettier in person.

wormerveer, netherlands

Ditta and I decided to take a mini-trip to another country while she was here. We chose Amsterdam since it was the cheapest in such sort notice. I had also wanted to see the Tulip festival.

Since it was last minute plus the Easter holiday, accommodations were pretty pricey so we ended up in a spare room Airbnb in Wormerveer (about 20 mins from Amsterdam). Our hosts were a well traveled young married couple who rented out their room to meet new people. Marcel, the husband, picked us up from the train station, gave us tips to save money on transportation, and even cooked us breakfast one of the days. As nice as they were, I think I’ll stick to whole apartment Airbnb’s going forward. My days of couchsurfing seem to be behind me.

Unfortunately, I ‘m still not quite used to taking pictures of things so didn’t take a lot here. It was a cute little town with a main canal running through it, but reinforced that I need to live in a city. We tried to find water and dinner the first night and everything was closed by 9. We ended up eating at a Dominoes for the first dinner.

The second night we ate at Patmos, a ‘grieks’ restaurant Marcel suggested. We sat down and picked up the menu and realized that it was all in Dutch! Pretty much pointed to a random line and got lucky. It was good, but the portions were way too big for either of us to finish.

All in all, it was good to see a different side of Holland by staying here, but a bit too quiet.