23 June 2009

...or did you get lost in Amsterdam?


So last we left we were heading to Amsterdam for my birthday. We were excited to see some windmills, the canals and some wooden shoes. And it was some place different that neither of us had been to. We hopped on our first night train and got to Amsterdam from Munich around 9 in the morning.

We got reservations for our next train and then stored our bags at the train station. The next stop was to find a map of the city so we could go exploring. First shock of how expensive things are up north...they wanted €2 for a city map! Are you kidding me?! So we took as many canal handouts we could that would give us a general map of the city and then set off.

We walked through somewhat of the outside skirts of the red light district, then went to the Anne Frank House. The museum they set up there was really moving and put a lot of it into perspective. They did an excellent job with it.

Then we grabbed lunch at a grocery store, as everything else was super expensive, and ate along one of the canals. We then started toward the Van Gogh Museum, making stops at the flower market and cheese shop for some samples. We walked through Museum Plein and then was in for another shock...the museum cost €15 per person! Um no thanks, we can look at Van Gogh posters at the stands outside.

We were kind of over Amsterdam at this point, it was pretty but still kind of dirty and some of the people were sketchy (what do you expect with legalized prostition and marijuana) so we hoped on a local train to Haarlem, a little town outside Amsterdam. We walked around there for awhile and then headed back to Amsterdam so we could grab dinner at the train station.

My birthday dinner was some meat and cheese pastries from one of the shops at the station, with some pigeons as our fellow birthday party guests. And just because you are not at home doesn't mean you can't have cake! Charlton was super sweet and snuck off and bought some appelkuchen (apple cake, but it was more like pie) It was perfect!

We then hoped on our next night train en route for Copenhagen!

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