I made it to Amsterdam!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately (this apology is becoming a habit I fear…)
BUT! I’m writing this from Schipol Airport in Amsterdam – true dedication in my opinion! I’m glad I’ve made it this far.

I flew out of London Heathrow this morning, and my flight made it into Schipol at midday (half and hour early – yey!), which meant I had plenty of time to explore Amsterdam itself before coming back to the airport for my night flight to Shanghai. This was a really great way to break up the journey – I’ve never been to Holland before, so I was glad of the chance to visit.

Double decker train in Schipol Station

Double decker train in Schipol Station

Schipol airport has it’s own train station, so after getting off my flight, I left my baggage in a locker and went down to the platform. They have DOUBLE DECKER TRAINS HERE – but disappointingly the one I got was a boring old single decker one. The trains are really frequent (seven an hour, I think?) so I didn’t have to wait too long for it, and by 1pm I was in the center of Amsterdam. I think I’ve been lucky with the weather today, it’s well over twenty degrees; luckily, I thought to apply suncream this morning, or I would have some impressive sunburn to sport on my next flight.

Amsterdam from the canals

Amsterdam from the canals

Despite it being a pretty touristy thing to do, I’d had numerous recommendations for the canal tours that run from outside Amsterdam Centraal Station, so I went for it. It was great fun! People are right when they say that Amsterdam, like Venice, is best seen by boat. The tour took an hour, during which we got to see plenty of the city’s distinctive architecture. Before the tour, I never even knew what a gable was – I definitely do now! The tour guide managed to be super sassy in three different languages: as we were going through the rainbow district, he announced in Dutch, English and German that “This happens to be where the gay people like to go out. The locals tell me that even the houses aren’t straight round here.”

After the boat tour I still had a few hours to wander round Amsterdam. I grabbed a cone of “frites and fritesausse” – when I have a better internet connection I’ll upload photos of some of the joys I came across!

The narrowest house in Amsterdam - it's five or six stories high, but less than 2 metres wide

The narrowest house in Amsterdam – it’s five or six stories high, but less than 2 metres wide

Hard to see here, but this is a huge bike park

Hard to see here, but this is a huge bike park

Brilliantly arbitrary marketing

Brilliantly arbitrary marketing

A giant (about 2m tall?) six pack of Heineken that I came across on the terrace of Schipol Airport.

A giant (about 2m tall?) six pack of Heineken that I came across on the terrace of Schipol Airport.

Blue waffle?

Blue waffle?

Just what I needed before my next flight!

Just what I needed before my next flight!

I saw a few of these - it's like a vending machine for burgers.

I saw a few of these – it’s like a vending machine for burgers.

Of COURSE Amsterdam has an Irish bar

Of COURSE Amsterdam has an Irish bar

Charming I'm sure

Charming I’m sure

So, after a super fun afternoon, I’m hanging round in Schipol Airport (which is the coolest airport ever, by the way) until my eleven hour flight to Shanghai at 9:30pm. I’ve made it this far – next time you hear from me, I should be at my hotel!

Did I miss out on anything exciting in my afternoon in Holland? Let me know in the comments!

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2 comments

  1. Sarah

    Hey lovely, seriously impressed that you went exploring Amsterdam! Have a fanastic time in shanghai. Thought I should mention a scam that’s reported in China – if you’re approached and invited to a tea ceremony best to avoid it. Nothing too sinister but they charge huge amounts before they let you leave. Hope you get lots of photos! S xx

    • chemily

      Hi Sarah! Thanks for the heads up – I’ve heard of a few scams like this so I’ll make sure I’m on the look out! I should be meeting up with someone else from the university this afternoon (at the moment I’m on my own in China, which is a bit mad!)

      Great to hear from you – I’m hoping to come up and visit Swindon soon, so hopefully I can come by and have a nose at your new house! xx

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