From my vantage point in a cafe near the Waterloo markets in Amsterdam, I finally have the mental capacity (and fast Internet) to recap the past week or so.
I left off around our passport fiasco in Bruges, I believe. Well after my couple of days in Amsterdam and Tiashas couple of days in Brussels, we headed down to my mothers cousins place in Venray, a tiny little town in the south of the Netherlands. We spent five days there, which was a lovely break from constantly watching over our things in hostels.
What did we do there, lets see….. We went to the zoo in the next town over, Overloon, and found a giant patch of blackberry bushes to snack on on the way. We got taken on a carriage ride through the forests for a few hours, which was absolutely beautiful. Quite a lot of time was actually taken up just cycling around exploring the town.
So after a few days to recharge, Tiasha convinced me we should spend a few days in Brussels on the way to Amsterdam, and my goodness, I’m glad that we did. There was a music festival going on while we were there, so all the musos were in town, and it gave the city a really chilled out vibe. We hit a couple of chocolate shops (mother, I honestly tried to save you some truffles, but they just sat there, mocking me), drank some beer, ate some waffles. All in all it was a pretty nice couple of days.
Now we’re here in Amsterdam, and it feels surreal. This is the penultimate stop before I head off home. We spent 6 months planning this trip, and now it’s almost over, and I’m not sure I’ll know what to do with myself when I get home!
But I’m getting sidetracked. So, Amsterdam. It definitely makes my list of Top 10 favourite cities. And not just because of their tolerance of certain substances that are illegal back home, but because this is just such a downright cool city. Although everyone zooms along on their bicycles like kamikaze ninjas on wheels, nobody seems to be in a hurry. There are markets everywhere selling everything from string bracelets to grandfather clocks. Buskers with dreadlocks and rasta hats on every corner, playing Bob Marley covers. Old men playing chess on the giant board in the square. Yes, the entire town smells faintly of weed, but it doesn’t detract from the charm of the place.
Now we’ve been here a few days, we have a regular spot to eat. Right next to the Waterloo flea markets, called Lunchcafe Waterloo. I absolutely recommend it if you’re in Amsterdam. The food is seriously cheap, lovely staff, great atmosphere, and it has some of the best satay sauce I’ve had in my life. We’ve been here for about an hour now, sitting in the window people watching, eating fries.
Now, photos! These are all from Belgium, I haven’t gotten around to uploading all my Amsterdam ones yet *smacks self on wrist*.
I’ll hopefully update again before we get to London, but if I don’t get around to it, see you in the UK!