Me and Lina wanted to go abroad somewhere and since midsummer (which is a holiday in Sweden) was coming up soon, we figured we could visit Amsterdam for the first time.
We stayed at the three star Ibis Schiphol Airport Hotel, the rooms weren’t spectacular but the staff were nice and the breakfast was good. When it came to getting to Amsterdam the easiest way was to take the shuttle bus to the airport, which the hotel provided for free. From there it was as simple as to take the train directly to the central station.
The train station was located in an old stately building decorated with many stone figures. Being in a new city we wandered about spontaneously just to take a look around and get familiar with the streets. But the first block that we entered looked a bit shabby and suspicious and only a short while later on we saw a curtain being pulled to the side and a hefty woman stood there exposing her breasts. By now we realized that we had stumbled into the red light district, which we had intended to avoid all together. So we made a sharp turn and headed back towards the central station, after a few more blocks we arrived at Dam square and by now the weather was starting to get worse. Since it didn’t look like it would get any better soon we took the opportunity to visit Madame Tussads we’re we got to see George Clooney, Nicolas Cage and Lady Gaga among others. About the time we had finished the tour the rain had started to clear up and we took a look at the shops along Eggerstraat and then Magna Plaza Shopping Centre (that originally used to be the post office).
On our second day in Amsterdam we went shopping along Kalverstraat which was almost bursting with shops and Reguliersbreestraat that led up to Rembrandtplein. For lunch we had freshly made fries with mayonnaise and ketchup, they were the best fries I’ve ever had! Later that day we strolled away from the shopping streets and found a small cozy street that sold homemade sweets, chocolates and other goodies. The highlight of the last day was a restaurant called the Pasta Factory which was on Vijzelstraat close to Munttoren. They serverd their own homemade pasta and it was the best pasta I have tasted so far.