Alright! So, after turning my world upside down and quitting my job, I thought… welp, better pull a Julie and leave the country. Perfectly logical decision. It turned out to be GREAT timing as well, because I had some friends planning a Euro trip. I had never been to Europe, so thought this was as good a time as any! Not to mention, I was feeling very self conscious about the fact that I didn’t have many close relationships with people around me after my romantic relationship had ended. Let the universe provide, and provide it will.
So, first stop of Euro Trip 2016. Amsterdam! Yes, I had falafel, yes I had their pancakes, and yes, I even had their greenery, brownies and space cakes as well.
Amsterdam is thought to be a place where all pleasures are not just legal, but promoted. You should indulge while in Amsterdam. I kept this in mind while wandering around. I had lots of fine pastries, lots of delightful lattes and a few joints. I even bought mushrooms from one of the shops! To be honest, the mushrooms made my ears feel like they were buzzing and I just felt delightfully nauseous. Sort of like, I was spinning. Tough to describe. Not a psychedelic or trip experience, just felt…different.
The one thing that stands out to me about Amsterdam first and foremost were the BIKES. Holy hell. I have never seen so many bikes in my LIFE. I thought it might just be a fake quirk purposely set up to amuse tourists. I mean, there are some rusted to hell, antiquated bikes locked up all over. Bridges, drain, poles, you name it. Bikes that have clearly been forgotten about for years–probably one too many brownies, eh?
Anyways! I had 3 days in Amsterdam. The weather was just perfect. We stayed in a really nice Air B&B just outside of town. It was on a farm! I loved waking up there.
Anyways, here are some photos. I just loved walking around. Lots of shops, street art, street food, and cafe’s galore. Cafe’s are where we smoke weed, coffee shops are where we get coffee. So, when in Amsterdam, beware what “cafe’s” you wander into.
The relight district was honestly a little surreal! I wish I had taken more photos, but photos are not allowed. I mean, really it just didn’t feel real. The most gorgeous women you’ve ever seen behind glass doors beckoning men to come in with them. The entire area is really cool, actually. Especially at night time! The red haze of light and assortment of novelty shops and bars in the area is a sight to see, aside from the gorgeous ladies.
Amsterdam was a fun city and a fun first for my stay in Europe!
Handstand-sterdam 🙂 The walk to the bus stop from the farm we stayed on.
This is a funny story, actually. My friends and I were eating at a pub and I went inside to use the restroom. There was a cat inside! I wanted to take a photo with it. I got this photo, and then the cat jumped away. The owner of the cat said with an entirely serious face, “Oh! The cat is so shy because you are such a slut”in a thick dutch accent! I certainly hope he made a mistake when translating…although, in such an area you’d think they would have a grasp on what the word “slut” means. Still cracks me up to this day.
YUMM. Tacos after walking for 13 miles!
The charming row buildings and waterfront!
Our neighbor’s house on the walk back to the farm!
Enjoying the farm 🙂
The beautiful canals!
Haha, what Amsterdam is famous for :)(:
Such a fun spot. I miss the leisurely Dutch people and their fun words. I love how the language sounds and how they pronounce their words with deeply enunciated vowel sounds…. Sigh. Take me back! I could use a brownie this afternoon, to be honest. 😉