Last weekend 10 of us went to Amsterdam for a friends birthday! It was so fun! We fitted in culture, mooching, food, partying, smoking and whatever else the 10 individuals wanted to do! Oh and we saw the ladies of the night in their windows too! €50 a shag apparently – that’s pretty cheap right? Anyway let’s break the weekend down:
Day 1 – mooching, good food and culture
We got up at the crack of dawn to get our flight. We were waiting around for ages for one person, so that was annoying but the 45 min flight was pretty cool! 45 mins – you can’t even get to work in that sometimes!!! Anyway we dropped our bags at the hotel and went for a walk in vodelpark! It’s this big park like Hyde park in London or Central Park in New York! It looked so pretty in Autumn! We went to one of the resturants in the park to refuel and have a beverage to say cheers to the break and Za’s birthday! As you might know I’m gluten free so going anywhere is always a little more restricted, however Amsterdam is hands down one of the best cities for having gluten free options on their menus, for their waiting staff being clued up on what it is and the different levels you can be and just for being so helpful with what they offer and what the chef can do! I had a gluten free open sandwich! They had gf bread – it was good too!
Afterwards we mooched to Anne Frank’s house, took a lot of selfies with bikes and canals and the girls had Dutch apple pie! It looked bloody good!
We then queued for 2 hours in the cold to get into Anne Frank’s House! After 3pm you can queue for a min of 1.5 hours to get in before this is pre booking and we didn’t pre book! We played games of top 3 movies and top songs to get us through! We all shared stories of how we all knew the birthday girl – so it wasn’t too bad – cold but ok! Anne Frank’s as you can imagine was so insightful and interesting but clearly very sad!
Afterwards we needed to get warm and eat and drink more! We decided to mooch to the palace, red light district and find somewhere to eat! We found a lush place by the palace square and had amazing food again! Literally the waiter was so good in advising gluten free food and even made a special sauce for me!
We then looked at the girls in the red light district and looked around for what bars were around and coffee shops! As we had been up since 4am and it was now 11pm we opted to go back to the hotel for drinks and see if some of our friends who couldn’t get the day off had arrived! They had, so we had some drinks, they went off to explore and we listened to stories from one of the group and chilled!
Day 2 -food, bikes and partying
So a few of us got up and found brekkie in this fabulous place called Eds – again gluten free options, really accommodating and lush! The group then splits and a few of us go to hire bikes and do the Amsterdam thing! OMG I haven’t been on a bike for donkeys years & yes I fell off into some roadworks! The other girls were great – we went to vondlepark again and rode around it, taking selfies, doing videos and looking like pros until we got a bit lost! Anyway afterwards the last guest arrived and we weren’t to the I Amsterdam sign! Packed full of people we got all the photos we needed and then we headed to the floating flower market! Well it wasn’t floating and it wasn’t that great so we went for food and drinks again! Then it was time to go home and put the glad rags on for the birthday dinner and drinks!
All assembled we had some drinks then headed to the best steak place ever and then found this cool bar/club called Smokey! Cool vibes, all ages, great new and old hip hop RNB tunes – everyone loved it! We stayed till 5! Well me and a couple of others did! We got to bed at 6.30! Ouch! Who says the oldest at 36 can’t stay out late!
Day 3 – Thank goodness day 3 was just brekkie and airport! All 10 were quiet on the flight home! Moral of the post if you haven’t been to Dam – go! Everyone loved it’s, couples, singles, boys and girls! My friend had a fab birthday and tried everything she wanted to in Dam!