Not Enough Time in Amsterdam

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Not Enough Time in Amsterdam

The way my itinerary worked out I only had 2 days and 1 night in Amsterdam. I’m on a tight budget since I’m trying to travel as long as possible, so I have to watch what I spend on transportation and everything. I had to get to Oslo by Monday for my flight to Bangkok. The cheapest ticket I could find(which was a very reasonable $45 on Norwegian) was on Friday night departing Amsterdam at 9:30 PM.

After not having the best sleep on the train in a room, with 6 people, about the size of a closet (and no Kaely not as big as your closet) I transferred trains in Ultecht and arrived 20 minutes later in Amsterdam around 9 AM. I immediately rented a bike to ride around the city since I heard it was a great way to see Amsterdam. Well, it certainly was interesting. There are more bikes and scooters than cars and pedestrians on the streets and it can get a bit hectic. In fact, I think riding a bike around Amsterdam was more dangerous than driving 250km/h on the Autobahn last week.

My first impression of the city was very good. It is a beautiful city with canals on practically every street and cool old buildings that all seem kind of crooked.


Holland used to be one of the richest countries in the world and Amsterdam was one of their main port cities so a lot of money came through here in the 17th and 18th centuries. It also brought a lot of different people and cultures. So it kind of felt like you were somewhere other than Europe sometimes, while still having a very European vibe to it, if you know what I mean.


Of course no visit to Amsterdam is complete without visiting some of their famous coffee shops. I had a great time and met a lot of people from different walks of life. I probably came across more Americans than I have anywhere else so far. I met a guy who lived in Breckenridge, Colorado, where I worked a couple years ago.

A couple of the more interesting coffee shops were Abraxas and Barney’s Uptown where I had a very good, if not overpriced, breakfast Friday morning.

Amsterdam tends to be very touristy and I wanted to see part of the real Holland. So after breakfast I took my bike on a ride out of the city to a nice little town called Durgerdam and looped back through Ransdorp. While it is very close to Amsterdam it felt very remote and small. So it was nice to see something different with my limited time.



After returning my bike I explored the city a little more and had another expensive meal at a budget restaurant before taking the train to the airport for my flight to Oslo.



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  • Ante Peg

    LOL, there’s NEVER enough time anywhere Brooks:) Hopefully you’ll find things a lot less expensive in SE Asia. You’ll probably be eating a lot of noodles! But cheap eats can easily be found there…Europe a bit more difficult. Coffee Houses eh? Didn’t think you’d be going there but…when in Rome i guess!

    Safe journey and keep the stories and pix coming, they are great!

    November 8, 2015 at 6:33 pm
  • Mom

    Absolutely stunning photos!! The cities and towns get just keep getting better. I had no idea Amsterdam had canals in the city. I’m loving learning about these places with you. Thanks for taking us along for the ride. Keep up the great posts.

    November 8, 2015 at 6:50 pm
  • Kaely

    Oh the closet is a lot smaller with stuff in it! You’ll see! Haha.

    Love the pics though! I cannot wait to look at them on my computer at work tomorrow (we don’t have internet here yet!) so so amazing and I’m so jealous! You better be careful or I just may take a plane from New Zealand directly to Bangkok and meet you!

    November 9, 2015 at 1:43 am
  • Kaely

    …..obviously to save you from any homeless campers…..

    November 9, 2015 at 1:43 am
  • timothy aikman

    so you haven’t mentioned the weather since Stockholm, how’s the tee shirt holding up?

    November 9, 2015 at 12:25 pm
    • Brooks

      Well, it’s certainly warm enough now! Forgot to mention that I had rain on and off both days in Amsterdam.

      November 10, 2015 at 10:30 am

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