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The Colourful Amsterdam

The First Day

Travel in Europe alone, the best way is staying in a hostel. You could save cost, meet new friends, hear a lot of travel stories, get the travel ideas and advises. And it’s the way that I like the most too.

On you could find many nice hostels. Prices start from 20 euro. Depends on how you will like and how much budget you have.

The hostel ClinkNOORD is in the north of the city, need to take a 4-minute ferry from the central station. After all settle down, it’s time to discover this city.

The central area is nearby Amsterdam Central Station, the famous Red-light District is also in this area. Slowly walk into this area, enjoy the view of all those distinctive buildings. It’s just 4 pm on the afternoon, so actually, there’s nothing special to see yet(I guess most of the people understand what I mean).

Accidentally run into an outdoor concert Europride Amsterdam 2016. It’s about the spirit of “Non-Racial Discrimination” & “Non-Sexual Orientation Discrimination”. People are happy and exciting, dancing on the square. Never expect the first thing makes me fall in love with this city is this kind of spirit of freedom.


The Second Day

“Canal Cruise” is a must-try thing in Amsterdam. There’re many different types, such
as “Cocktail Cruise”, “Lovers Cruise”, “Hamburger Cruise”, and so on. It’s easy to understand what types they are from the names. For me, I just choose the simple cruise because I don’t feel to drink or eat alone on a cruise.

The cruise stops on couple spots. Passengers could decide to leave or continue the journey. I choose to leave at the spot nearby Van Gogh Museum.

It’s just 18 degrees even it’s summer. There’s a long queue in front of the museum.  I wait one and half hours in the little rain under summer clothes(After that I know we can book the tickets and the appointment online for most of the museum in Europe). I am not the kind of art fan, but I can’t ignore the most famous artist in the world. I could even feel the life and the soul from his paintings. It makes me feel difficult to move my eyes and legs from there even I have to. Because I need to visit another museum that I find it attractive to me too.

Anne Frank House is located in the center of Amsterdam too. It’s open every day. From 9 AM to 3:30 PM the museum is only open to visitors with an online ticket for a specific timeslot. From 3:30 PM until the closing time you can buy a ticket at the museum entrance.

During World War II, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex. Anne Frank did not survive the war, but her wartime diary was published in 1947.

I have read the book when I was at the middle school. I liked it so much and kept it for years. It is probably still at my parent’s house. Never expect I would
visit Anne’s house after years in Amsterdam.

Honestly, I am not the kind of good planner. Before I came
to Amsterdam, except booked a hostel and knew there was a Red-light District, I knew nothing about Amsterdam, and I didn’t do any research about it either. Even only two days in Amsterdam, everywhere I visit, everything I see is big surprises for me.

It’s the meaning of journey for me.

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