[shouts to Urrrsher baby ^]
If there ever was a place to visit in your young adult years, I think Amsterdam is the place to be. Not only because of all the great, legal things to do & see (emphasis on the 'see' haha) there, but the atmosphere of Amsterdam alone is enough to create an experience that'll stay with you forever.
As long as the sun is out and early in Amsterdam, people are practically no where to be seen. Except for tourists, of course, aka me. When we arrived that morning, I've never seen a so-called 'crazy' city so quiet & peaceful. No cars, no buses running - just an occasional biker here and there. But I really liked it. There was a calm, peaceful beauty about the city that I instantly loved.
Cool facts I learned from my cool tour guide: Since Amsterdam is such a small city, the buildings are built super skinny and tall to save space. And since the builders worked so quickly growing the city and didn't let the wood dry when building, some of the buildings lean a little. "But if you're high enough, they look straight anyways." Lol.
I love love Amsterdam's aesthetic. The tall, brick-walled buildings with the white windows reflecting the bright sun. And I can't forget about the canals. UGH, I have this thing for canals haha (just wait till I gush about Venice), and Amsterdam's canals run throughout the entire city. The water is nasty AF, but I did my best to ignore that. When you walk through the city, you're basically crossing bridges over the water more than you cross road intersections. So cool. And they make for great pictures:
After walking around a bit we got breakfast - they're famous for their Dutch 'pancakes' so we tried that. *DISCLAIMER* pancakes = crepes, lol. But they were still really good regardless. I had a ham, egg and cheese one, others had nutella, and a lemon one. All sooo good & fresh. They don't fxck around with Nutella here, it's literally like ketchup is to Americans.
Super noms :3
After b-fast we head to the park where the I AMsterdam sign and Van Gogh museum is, exploring more of the city along the way. The park (I forget the name/probs couldn't spell it) is really chill - there's a fountain in the middle, with a huge field of grass that people just lay around.
After taking our basic pics with the sign & the other cool art pieces, we head over to check out one of Amsterdam's famous 'cafes'.
...Okay lol for those who don't know, Amsterdam's cafes are also where they sell & smoke all the weed. It's so weird being in one because everything is SO CASUAL. It's just like ordering a drink at a bar.
Later we hit up Van Gogh Museum and chilled the rest of the afternoon. Then as soon as the sun went down, Amsterdam came alive. Next thing I know, there are more cars on the streets, more people crowded on the sidewalks, and more lights reflecting on the water. It's like someone flipped a switch, and brought the city to life. Walking through the Red-Light District was quite interesting yet slightly uncomfortable. Again, so casual. It was really weird to see how public the prostitution was, but that aside, the night life is exhilarating to say the least.
Within the small streets and alleyways, it's louder and pretty crowded. Everyone is having a good time with their friends, or with their food lol. There's such a carefree vibe about Amsterdam that makes it so much fun & so inviting.
But the first and last night we spent in Amsterdam was sitting on one of the docks of a canal, away from all the people and noise. It was hands down one of my favorite moments of the entire summer. The world was still - no worries, no stress. Nothing besides the ripples in the water and the cars passing by above. It's easy to go crazy and have loads of fun in a city like Amsterdam, but it's effortless beauty is something that shouldn't go unnoticed.
I wish I could have spent more days & nights with you, Amsterdam. But you've wow'ed me in only one. I'll be seeing you again real soon.
Scope the photo gallery for more Amsterdam aesthetic~
P.S. Mad craving for their fries rn :( Me thinking of them fries: