The First Morning
Our first stop on our Interrail journey was Amsterdam. I had been to Amsterdam before where as Erin hadn’t so I had some knowledge of Amsterdam. We had an early start at 3.30am and our flight was at 7 am. We got to Manchester Airport (MAN), we were about to go through security and realised we hadn’t checked in our bags! So we queued up to check in our bags and I can honestly say, it was the most unorganised queue I had ever been in. There was one line for about 5 check-in desks and they were not location specific. People were being dragged to the front because they were late for their flight. In my opinion, if you arrive at the airport 40 minutes before your flight leaves, you should have to stay in the queue. Not anyone else’s fault you’re late! ALWAYS make sure you leave with plenty of time. Luckily we did that because I left something at home! Whoops… We sat down in the café area in Terminal 3, saw one of our old teachers and ate an egg butty. We then got on the flight and the flight only lasted about 45 minutes which is a shame because I LOVE flying.
When we arrived we headed straight to the iAmsterdam shop in which we bought a 3 day travel card for 26€ and that allowed us to travel to the city centre on the train and then on any buses and trams within Amsterdam. You can also buy a travel card which allows you to go outside of Amsterdam centre to visit things like the windmills however as we were only there for one full day we decided just to buy the travel card within Amsterdam. We got the train from the airport to Amsterdam Centraal station where we walked about 15 minutes to find somewhere where we could leave our bags. We found a bike rental shop who offered luggage storage and they were called Discount Bike Rental and we paid around 10€ to keep our bags there for as long as we needed. We walked around for a bit to get our bearings and then found a coffee-shop. We bought 2 joints and then walked around to find a less touristy one. We found a really nice coffee shop where you can’t buy weed but you can consume in inside. It was called La Grotte and it served food and drinks and had a lot of locals there so we thought we would give it a go. As they don’t sell it they have to make money some way so every person in there has to buy a drink which isn’t too bad. We stayed in there for a bit and then headed back to the hostel where we chilled for a few hours, got to know the people in our dorm and then headed off into town. We then went on a canal cruise and it was INCREDIBLE! The staff were so lovely we got our tickets through Lindbergh Tours and Tickets. The canal cruise lasted an hour and was so informative we saw so many things that we wouldn’t have seen without the canal cruise! (check out our Instagram for a time-lapse of part of the tour) No matter what language you speak you can still go on the tour as you are given a pair of earphones when you board the boat and you plug them into the wall and choose your language. So you get a full guided tour in your language! I would definitely recommend Linbergh Tours and Tickets! After this tour, we headed back to the hostel and slept as we were exhausted.
Unfortunately, on the 2nd day, Erin wasn’t feeling too well so she stayed at the hostel to recover and I headed out with Eleni and Jorgi, two girls that were staying in our dorm. We rented some bikes and headed down to town where we went to the Van Gogh museum. TICKETS WERE SOLD OUT! We were so upset as we really wanted to see it but we thought oh well, there is plenty of time for us to come back and see it again. So I bought a poncho as it was really raining now and we went to the iAmsterdam sign. We then headed to Vondelpark and ate in this restaurant which is basically just there to rip you off. Eleni and Jorgi paid 16€ for a Ceasar Salad… which came in a plastic bowl! I had Carpaccio on toast which was only 9€ and really nice, but again, it came on a paper plate! We then headed back to La Grotte and we went to Dampkring and bought some “special Muffins” I shared one with one of the girls. We then headed back to the hostel the cake hadn’t taken effect yet. So we got back to the Hostel and I sat on my bed. And I kid you not. I stared at the floor for HALF AN HOUR. I then went into the deepest sleep I have ever had! (This was at 20:15) I didn’t wake up until about 10 am the next day and I was still fully clothed!
Today was the day that we would leave the beautiful city of Amsterdam. We got the bus to Centraal Station where we made our way to the 1st Class Lounge as this was included in our Interrail pass. Our train was at 1 o’clock so we had some drinks in the ounge and made our way to the Thalys train… It was amazing! Paris here we come!