{Travel} Weekend Getaway to Amsterdam #2016

The weekend getaway to Amsterdam is one that has been thought of for a few years now and at the end of February I managed to tick off Amsterdam from my travel bucketlist. I have always wanted to go to Amsterdam and not just via transit but actually get to see the city and explore it. Granted I didn’t know much about the city (and still don’t) but it’s a city I had wanted to visit and it was emphasized when I met someone who later became a good friend of mine. 

 I have already shared how I planned on traveling to Amsterdam, you can check out my post on Howto plan for a 10+ hour bus ride to Amsterdam. Yes you read correctly, 10+ hours, I chose to travel via bus for 2 reasons: Adventure and affordability. I know many people don’t like bus rides and for that long not many would even consider it but for me it’s truly an adventure and one I enjoyed. Affordability, you would think living so close to Amsterdam it would be cheap(er) but it is not. If you took the Eurostar to Brussels then train to Amsterdam that is already £100+ one way, a return would be over £200+ and since all my travel are budget travels so I have to be smart with my money.

Amsterdam

Now that is done with, here is how the weekend getaway to Amsterdam went. 

We left London around 21:30 and reached the ferry in Dover just before midnight. The bus was loaded onto P&O ferries and we had chance to sit on deck where we tried to snooze but it didn’t work, 70 minutes later we were off the ferry and in France. I can’t tell you what happened between France and entering Amsterdam as we fell asleep until the morning around 6am. We arrived at Sloterdijvk station just gone 8:30 where we used the toilets to freshen up (brush teeth and wash face) and get changed. We had arranged to meet my friend around 10:30 but since we had over an hour to burn we sat down in Starbucks for some hot chocolate. We had all packed plenty of snacks but I still wanted a cake from Starbucks. Afterwards we met up with my friend who took us to a lovely pancake place somewhere near her work place. Since we were starved we wanted omelets than pancakes but my friend had some delicious pancakes.  

    
   
Left to our own devices because my friend had to go to work we went about exploring Amsterdam. My girls insisted we visit Red City and I will say this once NEVER AGAIN. Red is for danger I should have remembered that as red city is dangerous and not the violence type it’s the sex district. Naked women displaying themselves in glass windows was honestly not the sight I was looking for, they had sex cinemas (yes exactly that). It was not my taste to say the least and it’s a part of Amsterdam I would be happy not to see again.

Amsterdam

 

Amsterdam

After my girls curiosity was over and done with we headed to another side of the city to see the Anne Frank museum where we stumbled upon a souvenir store which like most stores there only saw cannabis flavored EVERYTHING. It was off putting but interesting too. We managed to find the Anne Frank museum but it had the longest queue ever so we decided to walk around the town instead do our own exploration until it was time to head back to Sloterdijvk Station for our bus to Brussels, Belgium. I will be sharing my weekend getaway to Brussels shortly on the blog. 

    
 

Travel tips: Navigating Amsterdam is pretty easy, just figure out where you want to go and then use the trams which are efficient and on time. The cost as little as 1.20 euros to travel on them for an hour but you have an offer to choose a 24hr travel pass or even longer.

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  1. RaNesha W
    March 8, 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Sounds like an amazing trip. I have always wanted to visit New Amsterdam, but 16 hours on a flight scars me.

    • March 8, 2016 / 5:27 pm

      Awww bless, it is a long time to be honest but I love it anyway

  2. Fi Ni Neachtain
    March 8, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    Amsterdam is my favourite city, I love it there so much. We always have to fly there, living in Ireland but you certainly had an adventure getting there! 🙂

    • March 8, 2016 / 2:50 pm

      It’s a beautiful city and yes I am fortunate to live on the mainland and able to get there by bus

  3. March 8, 2016 / 2:51 am

    I would love to visit Amsterdam some day! Well, all of Europe, actually! The longest bus ride I have ever taken was 26 hours!

    • March 8, 2016 / 6:06 am

      Wow 26hrs that’s awesome and you should visit Europe is an amazing continent

  4. March 8, 2016 / 2:02 am

    I have never been to Amsterdam! I love Europe and just visited Spain last 2 weeks ago

    • March 8, 2016 / 6:02 am

      How awesome, I need to visit Spain again

  5. March 8, 2016 / 12:22 am

    I love Amsterdam I have been a couple times. There is so much to see and do there, looks like you had an amazing getaway there.

    • March 8, 2016 / 12:30 am

      Yes it was an amazing adventure, it is a beautiful city

  6. Kathy
    March 7, 2016 / 7:28 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I have always wanted to go to Amsterdam. I think it would be a great place to visit. That food looks amazing too!

    • March 7, 2016 / 9:01 pm

      It’s an amazing place to visit definitely should check it out

  7. March 7, 2016 / 1:49 pm

    I don’t envy a 10 hour bus journey and would avoid red city like the plague. I would like to visit Amsterdam though

    • March 7, 2016 / 1:57 pm

      Hahaha it is not for the faint hearted lol

  8. March 7, 2016 / 12:46 pm

    Looks like you girls had a great time, minus the red district, I did’t know that existed! It always feels great to check one off the bucket list!

    • March 7, 2016 / 1:48 pm

      We did thanks and yes it’s always awesome when you tick something off the bucketlist

  9. March 7, 2016 / 2:17 am

    Looks like a good time. Amsterdam is on my travel bucket list. It must be so nice being able to jump on a short flight to get there. I don’t have the luxury here in the states. )o: All European destinations are so far.

    • March 7, 2016 / 7:09 am

      Awww bless but do you know what you have! Plenty of states, Canada and South America which I am jealous of lol

  10. March 7, 2016 / 2:09 am

    Amsterdam is on my travel bucket-list as well! What a great post; I can’t wait to see Amsterdam some day myself!

    • March 7, 2016 / 7:08 am

      Thanks Ashley I hope you get to see it soon, it’s beautiful

  11. March 7, 2016 / 2:01 am

    How fun!! When I go to Europe (Paris + London) in April I have a half day little layover in Amsterdam! There seems like so many fun things to do there <3

    • March 7, 2016 / 7:07 am

      You should definitely go visit the Anne Frank museum since you love Museums

  12. March 7, 2016 / 12:13 am

    Amsterdam sounds so fun! I love that you decided to take the bus to make the trip more affordable, and you are completely right about how it makes it more of an adventure. Btw, Those pancakes looked AMAZING!

    • March 7, 2016 / 7:07 am

      Hahaha thanks, it was an adventure of a life time and one I am happy to do again

  13. Elizabeth O
    March 6, 2016 / 11:15 pm

    Sounds like you had a pretty decent time of it in Amsterdam. Reading your post brought back good and not so pleasant memories of my trips there… It is a city with a lot of beauty, history and it’s own shade of ugly. 🙂

    • March 7, 2016 / 7:05 am

      Thanks and sorry about the unpleasant memories. Yes Amsterdam is as you said beautiful full of history but also a shade of ugly

  14. March 6, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    THat is one place that I want to visit ONCE. I think, like you, I may be horrified! What a great experience though!

    • March 6, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Apart form Red city district the rest of Amsterdam is spectacular

  15. March 6, 2016 / 10:55 pm

    I’ve never been to Amsterdam, but it sure looks cool. The food looks great! Love the pics

    • March 6, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      Thanks so much

    • March 6, 2016 / 10:43 pm

      It’s a beautiful place isn’t it

  16. March 6, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    OMG that sounds awesome! I know the red light district is not a place for kids, but it is so famous. At least you can say you saw it. And now you never have to do it again. It’s kind ofnthe same way I feel about mardis gras in New Orleans. Never again!

    • March 6, 2016 / 8:22 pm

      Hahaha definitely not for kids and yes once is enough

  17. March 6, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    I would love to visit Amsterdam now that I know there is so much more to it than the Red Light District. I have never been on a long bus trip, but I do like to save money too!

    • March 6, 2016 / 7:21 pm

      It’s a beautiful city and no it’s not all red light district

  18. March 6, 2016 / 7:12 pm

    Amsterdam is one of my absolute favourite places to visit, there is just so much to see and do x

    • March 6, 2016 / 7:18 pm

      That there is and I can’t wait to head back and see more

  19. March 6, 2016 / 6:17 pm

    I loved Amsterdam and we went on a river cruise with pancakes etc. Went to see the red light district too and yes once is enough!!

    • March 6, 2016 / 6:31 pm

      Hahaha yep once is enough, I want to go on a cruise next time I am there

  20. March 6, 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Amsterdam is somewhere I would love to visit (not the red part though…). Those pancakes look crazy delicious too!

    • March 6, 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Hahaha the red part is a no no for me in the future too

  21. March 6, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    My sister went o her honey moon. I have always wanted to go it looks like so much fun.

    • March 6, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      Awww how cute, it’s a beautiful city all in all

  22. Pam
    March 6, 2016 / 5:38 pm

    Amsterdam has always been somewhere I want to visit. Those pancakes look really fluffy and delicious! I don’t think I would visit the Red District though.

    • March 6, 2016 / 5:50 pm

      I won’t dare go back to the red city will go back to see other places in Amsterdam for sure

  23. March 6, 2016 / 5:36 pm

    Oh I love Amsterdam! The Anne Frank museum and the van Gough museum where highlights for me and the pancake houses are awesome! I travelled on the overnight P&O ferry where you sleep and eat on the shop, if you’re in low season it’s a really affordable way to do it xx

    • March 6, 2016 / 5:49 pm

      I really want to travel on a ferry not just crossing the English Channel but cruising

  24. March 6, 2016 / 4:04 pm

    I loved visiting Amsterdam. The Anne Frank House, the museums, the canal ride around the city. The whole city buzzes with excitement!

    • March 6, 2016 / 5:48 pm

      It does doesn’t it? I can’t wait to go back and do the canal ride

  25. March 6, 2016 / 3:02 pm

    It looks like you all had a fun and amazing time. I’ve never been to Europe, the farthest I’ve gone form Canadian Soil has been to the states which was a four hour drive (before the kids came along). There were for us – 2 couples and we had a lot of fun. My only wish is that I would’ve done it more.

    • March 6, 2016 / 3:37 pm

      It was fun and I hope you get to travel more in the future

  26. March 6, 2016 / 2:49 pm

    I would love to get to Europe sometime. I have heard great things about Amsterdam!

    • March 6, 2016 / 2:56 pm

      It’s definitely an interesting place to visit

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