This is the first travel diary I’ve ever written, I hope it isn’t too boring to read but I’m genuinely so excited to share the lovely things we saw whilst in Amsterdam, especially our incredibly cute accommodation. Jake booked this as my 21st birthday present as I’d been wanting to go for ages and he wanted to surprise me with something fabulous as this year has been very all over the place.
The houseboat was perfect, it was a half hour tram ride from Amsterdam centre so it was incredibly quiet and out the way meaning we didn’t have to be amongst the lights and noise all the time, we could cook our own meals as my body can’t handle eating out much and I mean who doesn’t want to stay in an adorable little apartment literally ON a canal!? The bedroom and bathroom was downstairs meaning we were literally sleeping under the waters surface, so damn cool.
Since we’d been up since 3:30am and I really wasn’t feeling well, the first thing we decided to do was NAP. Then we got up and cycled down to the local supermarket to scout out some nice things to stock the fridge with where everything was pretty damn cheap. After a sandwich and my second nap of the day (sorry Jake) I finally started to feel a bit human and forced myself up and out into the centre where we found a really lovely Italian called ‘La Madonna’. I had a breaded chicken escalope with some wedges and Jake had meat and vegetable cannelloni.
We decided to head straight back to the apartment and get a relatively early night as our tummies were comfortably full and we were excited to explore the city properly the next day but on our walk back to the apartment from the tram, we spotted one cute little bunny. The further we walked along, more appeared and there must’ve been about 30 adorable rabbits and bunnies just running around. BEST NIGHT EVER.
We decided not to have any plans set in stone for the trip due to not knowing how well I was going to be and I didn’t want to spend the whole time feeling guilty for not being able to complete the things we’d said we’d do. We decided to head towards the art museums and stumbled across the Rembrandt one first so we threw ourselves in there on a whim.
We then walked through the famous Vondelpark on our way to…
We then decided to go back to the apartment as we were exhausted from all the walking, had an afternoon snooze and stayed at the apartment and made some lovely pesto pasta with bratwurst sausage in which was super yummy. We then went for an evening stroll to spot some more bunnies (woo!) and came back and watched 500 Days of Summer as we had Netflix on the houseboat TV.
Well that was day 1 and 2 of our stay in Amsterdam, the post about day 3, 4 and 5 is here if you want a read! Hope you have enjoyed reading about our adventures so far. Have you been to Amsterdam? What would your must-sees be?