Amsterdam, the home of coffee shops & more
I swear you probably have heard this sentence before:
Oh, you’re going to Amsterdam to get high?
And my answer is, no.
I went to Amsterdam, because I met FREAKISHLY AMAZING people in Berlin.
But let’s rewind a bit.
WHAT WENT DOWN IN JUNE & JULY
Since coming back from Australia, I was battling with my health again. But not my stomach issues, no.
I had to take numerous rounds of antibiotics, but as you know, antibiotics are actually killing your microbiome (80 % of your immune system).
You know I had the best time in Oz, but my body didn’t thank me very much for going out drinking and staying up all night. So I had to give myself the time to get back the foundation of my personal dream life. My health.
I not only went through different supplements or alternative healing methods, I also did my time to go to the root of the creation of my current reality. my mindset.
Health problems have 3 possible causes:
Physical, psychological and spiritual. Only 20% are physical, so this means something like breaking your leg, 30% are psychological, so getting an upset stomach, because of a presentation the next day and a whopping 50% are spiritual.
I’m gonna drop a bomb now:
Out of these 100% at least 80% have a spiritual influence.
A lot of people don’t actually know what a spiritual distress really is, that’s why I’m going to write a separate blog post on this topic.
But all you need to know is, I found ways to heal on all bases and getting closer to 100% health 🙂
Back to the point, as I enrolled in 2 coaching programs, one group coaching and one personal coach, I was put into a state of rapid growth.
My wishes manifested one after another. I feel like I’m opening up sides from myself I never did before. And I’m so happy and proud.
One of those wishes is to build a community of like-minded people, so I went to an event, Glitter&Goals in Berlin, which my lovely now-friend Yasmin organized,
In Berlin, I stayed with some friends, in a hostel and also with Couchsurfing Hosts.
Using CS Hangouts, I met Dave and Conniff and we immediately hit it off.
They are still doing a Europe trip to see if they’d like to move somewhere here (WHY???? Let’s just switch places- they live in Sydney aka. my dream place to call my home 😀 )
Well, anyways, they came to see me in Duesseldorf soon after and invited me to get to know their friends and accompany them throughout their travels anytime I’d like to join in.
Said and done.
4 days later we met in Maastricht as, shame on me, I never properly explored the Netherlands even though it’s so close to me.
Maastricht was only one day, beautiful city btw! So, I can’t really write a proper post about Maastricht, but about Amsterdam.
And that’s how I got to Amsterdam. Through manifesting the right people and opportunities (a lot of photography has been happening yo guys!!)
So, without further ado, because you know, I can talk like crazy, here we go with things to do in Amsterdam besides getting high 😀
DAY 1 AMSTERDAM: EXPLORING TOURISTY SPOTS
On the evening before arriving in Amsterdam I booked my beloved flixbus and a place in the same hostel as my friends and was so lucky (20 € for the night, right in the city centre).
Anyways, we stayed in the red light district, close to the central station, in a very busy street (I mean lots of tourist, bars, hostels etc.). The name of the hostel is Easy Stay Amsterdam if anyone wants to book it 🙂
We arrived in the afternoon/evening and firstly got something to eat at Caffé Italia 93 (there is another one on the same street, confusing – but explains why the Couchsurfer we met up with didn’t find us at first 😀 ).
After we strolled through the busiest street, yes, the red light district.
It was already funny how there are more sex shops in a street than any other store, but besides that I was just waiting to get to know Amsterdam’s vibe being there for a few days.
And I didn’t really know what to expect, but I was kinda surprised how things went down there.
First of all, I don’t have anything against people working in that kind of profession or getting these services, I’m very tolerant and open-minded.
What I found interesting is the red neon lights bursting out of every place, like a huge open show room and in each very big window at least one woman presenting herself.
I just went past and was thinking: Oh, these panties are cute. Where did she get those from?
Other than that, it’s nothing I would do every night , walking around there, as I don’t get anything from it.
We walked further, along some canals and, of course, there they are, all the coffee shops, people rolling joints, everywhere this slight or intense smell of weed and promptly we landed in a coffee shop ourselves.
Before coming there, I already said I wanted to try edibles whilst being there, but I’m also kind of a chicken, because of some past experiences that kinda went a bit sideways.
Still, we didn’t get anything that night as it was already in the middle of the night and we really wanted to get some snooze in.
DAY 2: SPACE CAKE, SEX MUSEUM & MORE
So, fast forward to the next morning.
We just got some breakfast at Spar, because somewhere you gotta save money to not get broke, right? 😀
Also we needed a good base, because the idea was to eat a space cake and afterwards go to the Sex Museum (maybe it’s funnier this way 😀 – that was our thought process).
But after over an hour, still nothing, well. Maybe our tolerance was higher, because we shared a portion as we were told it was supposed to be a very potent cake 😀
Never mind, we went to the Sex Museum afterwards which is a collection of a lot of photo material, costumes, comics, magazines etc. about the history of sex. And the differences throughout the centuries as well as countries.
It was 5€ entry and I probably wouldn’t recommend going there as it’s a very small museum and honestly, you could just watch the images on the web 😀
Afterward, we decided to go to the NDSM area as per recommendation by local Couchsurfer there.
Little did we know, actually, you should only go there when events are going down.
Because when we arrived we could only see a bit of the street art.
The galleries and workshops were all closed.
What is beautiful though is the approx. 15 minute free ferry ride from/to NDSM, departing/arriving at the central station`s harbour.
So look beforehand if there are events. Also, you should rather go there in the evening 🙂
As a little afternoon snack we got a proper Dutch waffle at Sweetella which was delicious and the cheaper option out of the supposedly best waffle places there.
In the evening we met up with people to go to a coffee shop, because well, you gotta really have the experience, don’t you? 😀
We ended up going back to the hostel at 1-2 am-ish, because we were planning a few things for our next, and my last, day.
Just fyi, we had to switch hostels and I didn’t particularly like the new one, because the showers didn’t have vents and it smelled weird there.
I’m not a snob, but hygiene is still important to most people, so keep that in mind.
It was the White Tulip Hostel a few metres next to our old hostel.
The service and check-in was splendid though!
DAY 3: FOOD MARKET & BOAT TOUR
There’s a market open everyday from 10am – 5pm called the Albert Cuyp Market. But we had to finish our travels with something big and unique…
We slept in a bit, checked in our luggage again.
Oh wait, forgot to tell you.
If you have to switch hostels and are looking for a cheap option to store your luggage, we can recommend Lock Luggage Storage, just about a 7 minute walk from the hostels mentioned above. And also the same distance towards central station.
Prices start at 5€ for a small bag. A medium bag (most of yours will fit that category) is 8€ for the whole day – well until 10pm, that’s when the store closes.
But the guy was very nice and gave us some tips, for example to check out an area called Rembrandtplein which we also did on the way to the Albert Cuyp Market.
So, what is so special about this market?
Well, I can tell you. They make fresh stroop waffles.
But don’t make the same mistake as I did.
There are 2 major stands with fresh stroop waffles.
Mine was definitely delicious (at the entrance of the market), but if I would have gone a bit further in the middle, there would have been the original food stand offering those fresh stroop waffles fo even 50ct cheaper, so 1,50€ instead of 2€.
Nevertheless, I wasn’t disappointed.
But what I was disappointed with were the Poffertjes. They were super doughy and it tasted like they were still raw…
We met up with another Couchsurfer, Connor, and went back to chill in the city again.
Our plan was to book a boat ride on the smoke boat for, I think, 16€.
But when we went to the dock, we didn’t quite like the boat structure. It was a closed boat and full for that time slot anyways.
While waiting for the next one, a local sat next to us on the bench and we started to get into the idea of renting a boat and driving the canals ourselves.
Said and done again.
I managed to find another person, the Couchsurfer, Nabil, from the day before. 6 people would have been perfect as a 2-hour boat ride is 95€, so it would have been a bit cheaper and more private than the smoke boat.
That would have worked out if the guy that originated the idea in the first place wouldn’t just have ditched us 😀
Doesn’t matter, we 5 together still made it happen.
And this honestly was the highlight of our trip.
We rented the boat from Mokumboot.
Thank me later!
Driving through all the different canals of Amsterdam puts the city into a totally different perspective and obviously is a great picture canvas for any king of photography.
So this means = Nirina in heaven.
And that was it. After that I had to leave to go back to Duesseldorf.
I’m very fond of every person involved in this travel experience.
And all I want to give you as an advice is:
USE COUCHSURFING TO MEET AWESOME NEW FRIENDS!!!
Did you like my Amsterdam post?
Ever did a boat ride before? What did you like best in Amsterdam? Or so you still need to go and explore it?
Comment below! Maybe you have suggestions for some awesome travel destinations 🙂
Love you guys,