Unlike the stereotypical tourist in the panama hat and flowery shirt, I prefer the pleasure of blending in with the natives of the country. I don’t care much for famous monuments suffocated daily by people from all around the world. I’m not saying I wouldn’t go to see the Statue of Liberty, I’m saying I’d rather sit on the steps somewhere eating a hot dog from a food truck. If you’re looking for a place where the culture is the monument, then you must make Amsterdam your next stop. Here’s the unconventional list of things to do there.
TAKE THE BOAT TOUR (OF COURSE)
Boat tours in The Netherlands might be on the pricey side especially if you’re travelling in a group or with family but you can save a lot of money by choosing an evening cruise like the 1 hour Lovers Cruise. No, it’s not exclusive to lovers. You can go with friends and family or alone if you like. Plus, there’s an audio guide to show you around the city in five different languages.
EAT EAT EAT
The food in Amsterdam is great! Whatever you’re craving is right across the street: Malaysian delicacies, Argentine steak, Moroccan Cous Cous, Thai food and they all taste incredible. Then there are the burgers…
VISIT THE OTHER CITIES
It’s easy for Amsterdam to steal the spotlight but top up your chipkaart with a hundred or so euros and visit Rotterdam, a diverse and modern city with boat tours and cruises of its own or Dordrecht a small town two hours away by Sprinter Train. If you do visit Dordrecht be sure to eat at Boekman Restaurant. You can thank me later.0
TALK TO STRANGERS
Meet new people, experience the night life, make new friends, talk to strangers on the train and always ask for directions. Even if you know where you’re going.
IF YOU’RE NOT INTERESTED, DON’T DO IT
If you’re not the classic tourist and you don’t want to go to Ann Frank’s house, you don’t have to. If you don’t like flowers very much you don’t have to go to the flower market either and don’t go to the Red Light District just because it’s meant to be this great tourist attraction. Go to the coffeeshop if you’d rather but don’t let mine or anyone else’s to do list determine what you do or where you go.
RENT A BICYCLE
Amsterdam is a really small city and if you’re determined you can go around it in two or three days for eight euros a day. Don’t worry there are separate lanes for bikes and hundreds of people will be just as confused!
courtesy of #thetwopotatoes