I spent the early part of October in Amsterdam for a girls trip to celebrate a belated 60th birthday for my mom. It was me, her, my sister-in-law Anna and my mom’s good friend Cathy (who also turned 60 this year). We spent about 5 days there and had an absolutely great time.
We were originally thinking we’d do a day trip or so out of the city but decided against it and it was nice to not have to rush to get things done and jam pack each day. We fit tons in (constant walking which I love, averaging about 8 miles or so each day) without feeling like we needed a vacation from our vacation. The city is easy to navigate, clean, safe, friendly, and like Anna’s American friend turned Netherlands local said, “it just works”. They take care of their people (I don’t think I saw anyone that was homeless) and their people take care of their city (minus the roughly 100 bikes per day that end up in the canals ha).
I thoroughly enjoyed being there and would love to go back in the spring when we could see the tulips in bloom (my favorite flower).
Here’s what we did on Thursday, day 1 (we left on Wednesday evening our time and arrived there Thursday morning their time which worked out perfectly).
Successful first day getting acquainted and knocking things off our Amsterdam bucket list. Stay tuned for day 2!