After spending a few days in both Paris and Brussels, we took a spontaneous trip to Amsterdam. You all really don’t understand how much of a lifesaver Flixbus is!!! Regardless of how far or how little in advance you decide to purchase your bus ticket, the price will always be around $30. After a two-hour, scenic ride, we had finally arrived. Now what? My homegirl and I take pride in the fact that we always master the public transit systems everywhere we go. However, I must admit, Amsterdam’s public transportation map is not as easily decoded and was probably the most difficult we’ve encountered. Nonetheless, we figured it out and were on our way.
As soon as we stepped foot in the city, I was amazed by the number of cyclists on the streets. EVERYONE was riding a bicycle. Some cyclists had shopping bags, others had grocery bags. Bikes were everywhere!! After conducting research, I found that there are almost 900,000 bikes in Amsterdam! I now see why Amsterdam was crowned the Bike Capital of the World.
- First stop, coffee shops!!! If you’re into 420 activities, search for coffee shops that have a green and white sticker in the window. The sticker is about 5″ x 8″ and reads “COFFEE SHOP” in a bold, black font. When we entered, we were handed menus by the bartender. The menu included an assortment of pre-rolled joints and edibles. For non-smokers, I encourage you to only eat half of the brownie. I made the mistake of eating the entire brownie and the rest was history. It definitely took about an hour for me to start feeling the side effects, but when I did…boy, oh boy.
- We wanted to visit the Anne Frank Museum, but we did not have time. The line was wrapped around the building. It seems that purchasing your tickets in advance and visiting during non-peak hours will reduce the wait time.
- I’m sure just about everyone is familiar with the famous Red Light District, but for those of you that aren’t, it’s an area in Amsterdam that boasts of everything sex. As expected, this area comes alive at night. What most people don’t know is that there are actually three (3) Red Light Districts in Amsterdam – De Wallen, Singelgebied, and Ruysdealkade. De Wallen is the largest area.
- To preserve time, we purchased a bike tour that chauffeured us to Dam Square. The Royal Palace and the National Monument were two of many monuments located in this area. As a result of the edibles, I vaguely remember anything else that occurred after this. I definitely need a do-over of Amsterdam.
What would you recommend to someone visiting Amsterdam?