Unlike the usual notion that Amsterdam revels under (obviously, coffee shops and weed), it actually smells of happiness.
Yes, you can’t really smell happiness but it walks with you past the canals, in the park and on cobbled streets.
Just a simple walk around the city is gratifying.
Underground houses peep over.
And the symmetrical buildings stuck together make up for magical architecture here.
Amsterdam is made up of 100 kms of canals and 1500 bridges. So its safe to say that you can choose to stay in any part of the city and have as much fun.
Though we chose to have a Hosteling in Amsterdam experience.
Everyone must, once in their lives, experience what it is to stay in a hostel while traveling. It takes courage but it also tells you a lot about the other kind of travelers.
We stayed at Anne Marie, bang in the center, 2 minutes walk from Riksmuseum & IAmsterdam sign. It had lousy bathrooms but overall was ok.
We stopped by Pompa, which is very close to this hostel, for coffee.
And then continued walking.
Luckily for us, the sun was out.
The city was shining.
Souvenir shops line up along Kaiserstrasse, which is the main shopping lane of the city.
You just cannot miss a kaleidoscope of Hollander wooden shoes.
And Amsterdam woolies.
And just as the lane ends, Chipsy King XL is rubberneck around the corner.
Amsterdam is pretty famous for their take on Belgian fries.
With a LOT of Samurai Sauce.
And Mayo, Ketchup, Mustard et all.
A giant cone of fries is just the way to end a walk.
We followed this by picking a carton of beer and heading back to the hostel’s common room, where a game of chess waited for us.
Obviously, admiring the change of weather & the colors Amsterdam invited on our way back.
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