Last Monday my American sister Colleen finally came to Europe for the first time and brought her friend Maia. They had less than 2 days to explore Amsterdam and it was up to me to be the designated tour guide.
We started at the Albert Cuyp market to the Heineken Experience, got the best apple pie at bakery Holtkamp and checked out the red light district. After that we went to my place to eat. Sebastiaan made lasagna and it was fun having dinner with 4 people.
The 2nd day we started a bit later then planned, but it was the best. The girls were a bit disappointed that one of my bikes was broken. So when Maia looked out the window she saw city security taking old bikes from the street. We went downstairs to ask if we could have one bike, and we did ☺
So now we cycled to Museumplein to check out the IAMSTERDAM sign and the van Gogh museum. I loved how these Americans weren’t used to cycling at all.
After that we took our bikes to the center; the flower market, the canals and Dam Square. We came across students that had to sell bow ties for their fraternity, so that they could buy train tickets back to Enschede. So each of us bought a bow tie from them. After that we went into a really cute alley where we came across ‘Wijnand Focking’; a cute little bar that poured jenever and liqueur. So we got a glass full and had to sip it from the bar.
After having some more drinks at Rembrandtplein we enjoyed a meal at one of my favorite places. After dinner we went straight to Leidscheplein to do some bar hopping. The first bar had live music and we played pool while talking to the National tug-of-war team of South Africa. At the 2nd bar we talked to the bartender, sang karaoke and got free shots.
After that it was time to cycle home. I had to work in the morning and they had to catch an early train to Munich.
I must say I really had a great 2 days in Amsterdam with these lovely ladies. And I’m so glad I got to meet up with Colleen again after 8 years.