t took four days for Amsterdam to really work it's way into my system. When we were originally plotting our tour through Europe, The Venice Of The North was one of the places I was most excited about, but every time we tried to enjoy one of the hallmarks of Amsterdam, it left us wanting. Ready for some bullet points to elucidate that point? GET HYPE BECAUSE HERE THEY COME.
- When we arrived from Berlin on the overnight train to Amsterdam Central Station and needed to catch a connection to Lisse, where we were staying for the night so as to be closer to the Keukenhof in the morning, there had been a train derailment, delaying all trains. Our platform got switched multiple times and we ended up running across the train station three times before finally packing our way onto a train. Then once we finally caught our connection to Lisse, it cost us SIXTEEN Euros on the bus. Expensive public transportation is quickly becoming my pet peeve.
- The Generator Hostel Amsterdam (where we stayed for four nights) didn't allow outside food or alcohol. Pardon my Dutch, but Go Fuck Yourself, Generator Hostel. You're a hostel not a four star hotel. We drank beers AND ate muffins in our room. Suck it.
- We took a Sandeman's Free Walking Tour (If you've traveled in Europe in the past five years, I'm sure you've seen the flyers for these, basically they sell you other tours or fast pass tickets to museums during this "free" tour and then the tourguide asks for tips at the end. They're pretty much in every large city) It's a fine way to see the highlights of a city, but they are incredibly dependent on whether or not your guide is interesting. And ours was not. Sorry, Morgan. Your bad jokes reminded me of my ex-girlfriend. Free tour wasn't worth the price tag.