This past weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to visit the Netherlands. Amsterdam, specifically. My family was going on a cruise out of Amsterdam during the time I was in London and I had the chance to meet them there! I was so thankful my dad flew me out to spend some time with them, although I was missing out on multiple family vacations this year (not like I have much to complain about). It was a short 2 day visit, but I had such a great time. Plus, seeing my family made it that much better. So, here it goes.
I will say that my first couple steps in Netherlands territory wasn’t exactly a “good” experience. In most European countries, the citizens are very nice as long as you respect them and their culture. In Amsterdam, it was the opposite. Almost everyone was rude, inconsiderate, and just did not care. That in itself was extremely disappointing. I kept an open mind and took advantage of this time with my family. We drove straight from the airport to our home in central Amsterdam. We were right on the canal just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the nearest train. Our first night there, we decided to explore the night life a little. In my opinion, we might have jumped in a little too quickly. But, it was absolutely amazing.
There were literally people everywhere. You could not take 2 steps without getting hit by a person on a bike, someone walking into you, having to move out of the way of a car, or being cut off by a train. People here were all over the place. It was chaos! When in Rome…right?
The next morning, we woke up bright and early to go to the Anne Frank museum. Our renter told us to get there an hour before the museum opened. We figured, it couldn’t be too busy. How bad could it possibly be?
It was wrapped around 2 blocks. So we waited, and waited, and waited……We did find a memorial statue of Anne Frank on the way there, which was so sad. To this day, people still bring her bouquets of flowers in her honor. There are some really incredible people in this world.
This place had me speechless. You see where Anne Frank and the entire Frank family stayed during WWII, and all of the rooms they lived in. We saw pictures, videos, and interviews from people who knew them. I would recommend this place to anyone. I will never forget it. Unfortunately, they did not let us take any pictures, but I am sure you can google a few. 🙂
We enjoyed the rest of our day out. Here is Amsterdam, friends!
We also made our way to enjoy the Van Gogh Museum. Once again, no pictures were permitted.
I can say that it was so overwhelming to see his artwork. In addition, we found the Red Light District. I do not think pictures of that would be socially appropriate. You can only imagine the things I witnessed there.
More to come! Talk soon.
Cheer, Cheer, Cheer-io!