Celebrating 2 Years in Amsterdam
Trip Start Jan 07, 2011
51Trip End Aug 01, 2011
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Amsterdam is a great city (and before you all go getting suspicious, we were not there to get stoned) and celebrating our two year anniversary with Blake was absolutely amazing.
I took a train Friday afternoon to Hannover and from there spend 4 hours on a train to Amsterdam. It was a long ride but worth it because it cost less than half of a flight. I arrived at the main train station and walked down to the hotel to meet Blake. He got to the hotel a bit later and arrived with a gorgeous bouquet of flowers for me (he's such a sweetie). We asked at check in if they had any nice views available and they gave us a free upgrade (the price posted on the door was more than what we paid for the whole weekend) which was awesome
Saturday we found a little sandwich shop for breakfast and I got a bagel (I miss bagels, I can't find them around Braunschweig) and we bought tram tickets and headed to the flower market. The flower market is a bunch of flower shops that sell both potted flowers and bulbs. The stalls are all floating on one of the canals but they're attached to the sidewalk pretty seamlessly. We each bought a couple of little souveniers then got back on the tram to the museum district. The lines at all of the museums were way to long so we decided to get lunch instead, and ate at a little Indonesian place (the Dutch colonized Indonesia and they brought back the traditional food, so it is really good there). We found a little coin shop owned and run by an old Dutch man who had a great time telling us about the old coinage of the Netherlands and Blake bought a few as a neat souvenier (he is a coin collector)
The rest of the weekend was rather chill. Sunday started with a little breakfast at another cafe by our hotel. I had another bagel with "bacon" though it was more like really salty ham than bacon back home. We took a canal tour that was a little crowded but fun, they did the announcements in English, German and two other languages, so I had fun matching what I heard in German to the English
Monday was our actual anniversary and we spent it enjoying an extra day of weekend mainly devoid of tourists. We had a late breakfast at another little cafe and wandered around a flea market near the hotel. There was an older Dutch man there who handmade little (wool?) caps and Blake and I bought a pair becuase they were so cute. After that we went to the Anne Frank house which I had no idea was in Amsterdam. She was from Germany but they fled persecution and settled in Amsterdam. When it caught up with them the went into hiding in Amsterdam. The house was very moving, lots of exerpts from her diary and video interviews with survivors. We went to the Van Gogh Museum afterwards, the line was pretty much non-exsistant. It was a pleasant walk through, though neither of us are really art people
The weekend was amazing and it was so great to see Blake for our anniversary. It's hard to believe it's been two whole years! Next weekend I am planning on hopping a regional train to wherever I feel like and spending Saturday in a city in Niedersachsen (the trains within the state are free to students). Yay adventures!