Amsterdam – Late Birthday Getaway

Amsterdam first timer

It was my first time in Amsterdam! Thomas bought flight tickets for a long weekend as birthday gift for me. So I was so excited because I have a new country to add in my map (and new magnets!). We have been collecting magnets from new countries we visit together.

I really didn’t know what to expect from Netherlands. I just know they are famous for their colorful tulips — and of course, Amsterdam is popular for the bicycles and weed. LOL. I hate to burst your bubble but, I did not smoke pot at all when we were there. Although, I think we already got high for just being around a lot of people smoking pot. LOL.

We did a lot of touristy things during our trip:

  1. We went to Van Gogh Museum – one of the most interesting museums for me since I’m not really a big museum fan. I think it’s also because of the complicated life of Van Gogh and his work of art. Beautiful sunflowers!
  2. Rijksmuseum – This museum also reminded me of Musee D’Orsay in Paris — the layout looked somehow the same. They house a lot of the Dutch art and history.
  3. We also took a canal cruise by blue boat – on this tour I finally found out why the houses here are crooked. Hehe. The wooden poles used to build the houses has moved overtime and got bent.
  4. Muiderslot Castle – This is truly one of the most picturesque castles in Holland. I’m glad we went here. It’s just an hour away from Amsterdam and you will be taken into this cute little town of Muiden.

All I can say is that this city is sooo busy, crazy, and fun all at the same time. I really enjoyed my weekend here! I will be writing about the foodie finds we got on a separate entry so watch out for that.

Traveller Tip

We bought a 48hour IAmsterdam City Card and we felt it was well worth our money. All the entrance fees were covered in the places we went to. We moved around the city using GVB lines which includes: bus, tram, and metro. We literally hopped on and off from one tram to bus to metro using this card — so many times.

Using the card

The city card can be bought at Iamsterdam centers. Just tap the card on the machine for metros, trams or buses. You can just present your city card to the museums except for the Van Gogh musuem where you need to book a slot using your card.



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  1. August 24, 2019 / 15:21

    I went to Amsterdam several years ago and didn’t spend enough time there. I really do need to go back and check a lot of these museums off my list. And you are right about it being quite a busy city.

  2. August 25, 2019 / 09:27

    I had visited Amsterdam more than a decade ago, the highight was a few fascinating hours I spent at the Van Gogh Museum. Thanks for bringing back those amazing memories.

  3. August 25, 2019 / 19:33

    Amsterdam has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The canals would be just stunning in person, I’m sure. Loved your photos!

  4. Pauline
    September 10, 2019 / 11:20

    Love all the colors! 🙂

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