For years I thought that if I were to live in another city besides New York, it would have to be either London or Paris – maybe even Berlin. But having visited Amsterdam, I can safely say I would consider moving to The Netherlands following my college graduation. The city is majestic, surrounded by water and happy-go-lucky people. Not to mention, most inhabitants opt for bicycles as their primary mode of transportation, which happens to be emblematic of the easy going lifestyle many Dutch people are known for. And although for most, if not all of my trip, my friends and I were in very tourist areas of the city, I couldn’t help but feel happy and at peace throughout the entire weekend while I was there. It was if happiness briefly permeated the city air, and I happened to inhale a breath or two of it.
Since we arrived relatively early on Friday, we spent the afternoon exploring the city center, and enjoying some good ol’ Italian food. Afterwards, we made our way to the House of Bols, where we toured the space, while simultaneously learning about the history of the Lucas Bol company, which is known for its alcoholic beverages, especially the Dutch drink called genever. While we had planned on visiting the Van Gogh museum right after the House of Bols, we decided to explore the city a little more, and can I just say, Amsterdam is the land of photo opportunities. We ended the night with some well-need waffles topped with ice-cream, chocolate chunks, sugar, and whip cream.
Which takes me into our fun-filled saturday. Since we had the entire day to our liking, my friends and I were able to make the most of our day. The pancake bakery in Amsterdam was an absolute pleasure, albeit the pancakes weren’t your typical New York City, diner pancakes. Following the pancake bakery, we did the ultimate tourist thing to do: a boat tour of the city. While I can feel your piercing eyes, to my defense, it was the most feasible way to see most of the city in the time frame of an hour. So, there, I had to be your conventional tourist for the day. It is was amazing to see how well-kept the city’s canals were, as most were built from the 17th century onwards. As we collectively stared right outside our boat windows in awe at how scenic Amsterdam was, I immediately was brought back into reality when the boat captain announced that there was a museum in the city center filled with an archival collection of bags and purses. So immediately after the boat tour, I made sure to make my way to the Tassen Museum Hendrikje; and to my luck, the collection in the museum was absolutely delightful.
But before I ended up at the Tassen Museum Hendrikje, I stumbled upon the cutest stationery shop that drew me in by the shop window alone. While I told myself I would not be spending money on anything but food, I couldn’t resist purchasing a few items in the Like Stationery store. Plus, if you’re anything like me, you must know how handy and useful cute stationery like notebooks and pens, can be. I kid you not, I am far more motivated to blog or do school work when I have a whimsical notebook and playful pen in hand.
All in all, if offered the opportunity to visit Amsterdam again, I would go in a heartbeat. From the scenery, to the food, and the people, Amsterdam will surely be missed. But until we meet again, you will forever be in my heart, Amsterdam.