Amsterdam Day 1: They make me ride on a boat

It is still so surreal to me that I got to spend a couple days in Amsterdam! How crazy is that?!?

So, I’ve been home a few weeks now, so bare with me as I try to cover a lot of time in a few short posts.

So, we left on a Wednesday for Amsterdam. After getting on the wrong bus, and almost missing our flight, we landed safety in Amsterdam once it was already dark. After a short train ride we were in the actual city. Then, it was up to me to successfully navigate us to our hostel. Luckily, I found it!

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We went to bed, (after I exploded lemonade all over the room! Just a heads up, they carbonate their lemonade in Amsterdam! It doesn’t work well in a contained bottle that got slightly shaken in your backpack!) only to find out at about 2 am, that our two other roommates were guys (very cute guys, I might add!).

So, we woke the next morning and had a delicious breakfast and headed off to take a canal tour!

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Proof I was on the boat!

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After our canal tour (yes, I survived!), we decided to go and see the Royal Palace. So, we hiked over to where we thought it was and couldn’t find it anywhere. One of us must have said something because a very nice Dutch woman told us it was the building we were standing next too (go figure!).

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Not this building. This is the mall!

Then, she told us we were in luck because the Royal Family just got back. We were like there’s a royal family? We figured she was messing with the dumb Americans, but it turns out there really is a royal family, and we saw their cars leaving the palace!

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This one is the palace!

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That white pillar is the Amsterdam Monument!

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I kept trying to hold one of the pigeons and Naomi kept stopping me!

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So, we finally make it inside and it is giant and gorgeous and probably my future home!

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This main room is where people would originally come to petition the king, but later became the setting for royal balls!

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In case you needed further proof that I’m a princess, I’m practicing my princess wave!

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After the main room, it lead you around in a circle around this main floor of the castle! I can’t remember what each room’s function is (but they’re pretty so does their function really matter?!?), but if I do remember I will be sure to share what I remember.

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Any time I see a picture with three girls in it, I always snap a pic because it reminds me of myself and my two sisters! This one is actually pretty accurate, with my older sister being the brunette one, me in the center, and my younger sister in the red dress. It works!

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This is the Blue Bedroom.

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I loved the ceiling in this room!

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That guy is totally judging me!!!

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Down below is where they would carry out executions. 

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This was the Queen’s Sitting Room.

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And that’s the Queen!

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This was the King’s Office.

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The Family Tree.

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The King’s desk.

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The Red Bedroom (I picked this one out for myself).

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The Red Bedroom’s Sitting Room.

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The Yellow Bedroom.

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The Dining Room.

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This is the sculpture that’s on the wall of the room where they carried out the executions. 

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Like, seriously, most glamorous execution room ever! I’d be happy to die in there!

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After we were done at the Palace, we tracked down a place for food…

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and I got Carbonara! My favorite Italian dish!

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And then I got a Nutella macaroon that was delicious! 

After we got food, we headed off looking for the Anne Frank House.

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(Yes, that is my finger in front of the lense. Oops!)

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A really gorgeous church that we heard about (and saw from the water) on our canal tour. 

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So, we finally find the house, and I thought this sign was hilarious! It was a 30 minute wait from this point, so they gave us free WiFi!

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You obviously aren’t allowed to take pictures in the House itself. It was one of the most incredible things I’ve done on this trip. You get a little history before you enter the actual house. Then it takes you through all the rooms, leading up to the top floors where they used to live. As you travel through the rooms, they had artifacts from the families and videos playing from Otto Frank and other people who knew the family. Then, you get to climb through the doorway hidden by the bookshelf and go into the rooms they actually lived in for years. And they’re tiny! I can’t imagine living for years in there. And, for the record, it looks nothing like the house they show in “The Fault in Our Stars.” In one room, they had the wallpaper covered behind glass because it still had the pencil markings measuring how tall Margot and Anne were. I got really teary-eyed there. In the next room, the pictures Anne pasted onto the walls to make it more homey, are still there protected under glass. After you finish the tour, you go into another room where a film plays where people talk about the impact Anne, and all the Franks, had on the world. If you hadn’t cried before, that video got you for sure. We went through the gift shop, and I bought myself a copy of her diary because I didn’t have a copy of it and it is a souvenir that I will cherish forever.

Now, on a happier note, we made it back to the hostel, after getting some dinner, and got all dolled up to go out.

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This was the street across from our hostel and I loved the crooked buildings. it reminded me of Diagon Alley from Harry Potter!

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This is my 80’s movie star photo!

So, we decided we were going to go out and go to a jazz bar that was close to the hostel. we wandered around for a while looking for it, and eventually we wandered down a street that I thought was the right one. Up ahead we saw a building that was covered in red lights, and I’m like that’s the right building! And then a basically naked lady steps into the window, and we were like, nope, not the right place, so we turned around and went to an English Bar, called The London Bridge, we had passed earlier.

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and I tried my first Heineken. They actually aren’t bad for a beer.

After our few drinks, we headed back to the hostel to get a good night’s sleep since we had an even busier day waiting for us in the morning!

So, that was Day One in Amsterdam! Stay tuned for Day Two!

 

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