To be honest, I really had no idea what to expect, because all I really associated with Amsterdam was pot, and knew we were staying at the Flying Pig, which is the #1 party hostel in the world.
Well, you know what? Amsterdam is stunning! The whole city is filled with rivers and bridges and just plain gorgeousness. We didn't get any daylight pictures, since we were only there for all of 12 hours and spent the first 3 indoors, but it is just as gorgeous at night!
At any one moment your car had 4-5 cyclists riding in front, behind, or beside your car. You literally have to crawl to make sure you don't hit anyone. It's actually pretty frustrating when you're driving, but we quickly dumped the car and set out to explore on foot!
The main thing we had to do was go to the Heineken Factory. Once again, Dom was in beer heaven.
After the factory we just had to check out an infamous Amsterdam Coffee Shop.
If you're not aware, "coffee shops" are the places in Amsterdam where you can get your goods.
Although I don't partake in this particular activity, we still wanted to say we'd been in one.
No pictures were allowed, but I can promise you it was exactly how I imagined! A bunch of scruffy looking guys, sitting quietly on couches and staring red eyed at one another.
Definitely my kind of place...
We quickly left that
That might seem random, but before we went to Amsterdam we were told that no matter what, we had to have an Indonesian rijsttafel.
An Indonesian rijsttafel is a huge meal, with up to 40 small courses and is very traditional in Dutch culture. Ours was just under 20 courses and amazing.
The restaurant was owned by a sweet Indonesian couple that also did the cooking and serving.
After living off of cheese, rice cakes and nutella all week, we were in paradise.
After, we headed back to the Flying Pig and got a few hours of sleep before we got up at 3:30 (when the parties downstairs were just getting started!) and drove to Germany to catch our flight back home!
It was sad to see the most incredible trip come to an end, but in true Robin and Dom fashion, we're already planning the next one!