***Just warning you ahead of time… we went to the Sexmuseum in Amsterdam and yes, I am sharing everything from our trip, this included. Don’t click on this link if you don’t want to see a few penises and vaginas, often times very near to each other.***
Here’s us, pregnant with baggage and what we looked like everytime we traveled.
Our brief glimpse of Belgium
Our first day started out extremely early (I think we woke up at 5am) as we had to check out of our hotel in London, walk to the tube station, get to St. Pancras station to take the Eurostar to Brussels and then finally to our destination, Amsterdam! When we first exited the train station, it seemed extremely chaotic. Like, trams, people, bikes, cars, taxis, everywhere! All four of us were really intimidated by not knowing where to go, what kind of transportation to purchase, which tram to take (they all seemed to go to our hotel which was what was so confusing), and what to do once we were on the tram! I eventually found a tourist office, got in line, asked my questions, got my answers, bought my passes, and we headed for the tram. Once we were on, after maybe our 2nd trip we got the hang of it and everything was a-okay.
Our hotel, our room was the window on the right, on the 4th floor. Up 64 steps to the top I believe, no lift.
Me climbing the steps to the top and our views from our window.
After settling in, we set out and wandered around the town for a few hours with no real plans for the day other than a canal cruise later that night. We passed many canals and interesting gabled buildings with neatly decorated tiles across the front, flower and produce stands, and bike after bike after bike!
Our first meal in Amsterdam was pancakes! Something I had read about online for a while before embarking on our trip and they had my mouth watering as soon as I read about them, until I finally got to try them at Sarah’s Pancake House, a place that was recommended online:
A pannekoek is thinner and larger than a pancake, thicker and larger than a crêpe. Although the batter is strictly the same in both versions, pannekoeken can be salty or sweet depending on what comes over them. The most classic recipes are ham, cheese or both. We’ll also find cheese-pineapple, cheese-ginger, bacon-cheese and many more. On the sweet side, traditional pannekoeken are apple-sugar-cinnamon, raisins-sugar, powder sugar or sugar syrup and sugar. Here again, the recipes are endless. Although many regular restaurants serve Dutch pancakes, the ideal place to enjoy authentic pannekoeken is definitely the pannekoekenhuis (pancake house). There you will find a larger selection, sugar syrup and powder sugar on each table and the mouth-watering smell of freshly made pancakes in the air. Dutch people eat pannekoeken for lunch or dinner. But be aware, as the Dutch usually dine around 6pm, most of the pancake restaurants close no later than 8 or 9pm. It’s a common thing to eat one or two sweet pancakes for dinner. As pannekoeken tend to be served in large portions, you may want to order 1 for 2 people or 2 for 3. This way you’ll be guaranteed to have enough space for a sweet taste. Besides it’s more gezellig (cosy, friendly, hearty) as the Dutch love to call it. Depending on the restaurant and the pancake itself, the price of a pannekoek usually ranges from 5 to 10 €.
So, this place is their big fast food restaurant, but their sole item on the menu are french fries. And the traditional way to enjoy these french fries is in a paper cone slathered with mayonnaise. Gross. Dan tried it, I stuck with ketchup.
I took a picture of this miniature (on the left) for my mom who so loves miniatures, not sure it was quite the kind she likes. ;) And here’s me surrounding by old pornographic pictures.
How would you like this bird bath/fountain in your front yard?
And here’s me, Julie, and Dan trying out this penis bench that vibrated when you sat on it. Very interesting place to say the least! But hey— that’s Amsterdam!
And this? Yeah that pair of cheeks hanging there with the 2 eyes farts on you with real air as you walk by. Quite a surprise. Sound effects and all!
Okay, so moving on with this post to our final event of the night. We took an evening cruise of the canals in Amsterdam. It started at 10pm and it was still light outside! I couldn’t get over how late the sun set here and London.
The only shot we got of us sort of near the Red Light District. It’s illegal to take pictures there so we played it safe and took this last parting shot before we tucked our camera away while we walked past all the windows of ‘tutes trying to seduce you. Really a crazy place!
And finally we got home at about 2am to rest our weary eyes and rest up for our big day to Keukenhof Gardens!
(I can’t get over the fact that I just created a blog post that was NSFW… hehehe)