For the first part of my Holland trip series, I’m going to share with you my experience in Amsterdam, one of the craziest cities i’ve been too in Europe!
Amsterdam is an exciting and thrilling city, filled with so many different things to do for both locals and tourists. Even though most of the people in the centre are tourists, everyone is still very friendly and kind. I was really amazed by the freedom people can have in Amsterdam where, to a certain extent, they can do anything they desire. This is shown especially in the red light district with the many sex shops, windows with girls inside, and coffeeshops all around where people can legally smoke marijuana. It was quite shocking at first with how many shops were open where people can just casually buy weed or even cannabis ice-cream. Becareful not to go around those area’s of Amsterdam alone and always be in minimum two people because sometimes it can get dangerous.
What surprised me the most was how many people ride bikes and how many bikes there are EVERYWHERE. There’s even specific parking places just for bikes, where you can find hundreds of them stacked over each other. With that, be careful when you’re walking in the city. Try not to walk on the bike lane because sometimes the bikers can be very fast and not see you, resulting in maybe hitting and hurting you.
Apart from the extravagant red light district which many tourists visit, there are plenty of beautiful things to see in Amsterdam. This includes it’s cute houses and their structures, and of course taking a ride through the canals (typical touristy but it’s amazing!) Viewing the city from a small boat was such a lovely experience and I highly recommend it for those who plan to visit Amsterdam!
There are many different shops, including my favorite vintage shops and organic food stores. There are markets too, usually on the weekend, where various second hand things are sold (I got some old paintings of Holland which i’ll add to my art collection at home!) Museums are also found all around Amsterdam including the famous Van Gogh museum, but I highly advise you to buy tickets online if they are available or come early to buy them at the cashier because the lines of people get pretty long… like 200 meters long in total!
Since the weather was very hot and humid, I took advantage of being able to wear short clothes, since in the UAE it’s not very polite and encouraged by the locals. For the first day, I wore simple Bershka shorts with a Topshop shirt and Gucci bag. On the second day, I decided to wear one of my favourite dresses by Alexander Wang with matching platform shoes.
It was one crazy trip where I saw things i’ve never seen before but all in all, it’s a city everyone must visit in their life. If Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters in The Fault in our Stars visited Amsterdam and found love, you can too!
Make sure to keep checking Niedsano.com for the rest of my Holland series posts!