Europe 2017: Amsterdam Day 1

Hello!

I’m finally getting around to sharing the deets of our lovely trip to Europe… So, without further ado, let’s get started! Just a little heads up – there’s a mixture of pictures from our Nikon and both of our iPhones.. I’ll try to keep it all cohesive though!

AMSTERDAM.

Amsterdam was the one place on this trip I had not visited before. After seeing several photos of the amazing city, I thought it’d be a great place to add to our trip when we decided we for sure wanted to do London and Paris.

Our flight left Minneapolis and connected through Paris CDG. It was a relatively easy flight with good food. Our hope was to get a few hours of sleep on the plane since we’d arrive in Amsterdam around 10 am and would start our first day. Did that happen? Well… We did get some sleep, but not as much as we’d hoped for.

So, we make it to Amsterdam no problem, other than a slightly delayed flight at CDG – great, am I right? We hop on the train to head to Dam Square (the wrong one at first – oops) and head to our AirBnB. Now we booked a lot of our trip using credit card points – all our flights and hotel rooms were covered through points. So when you hear we were in an AirBnB, those nights were meant to be small on our budget, even though we saved tons of moola on flights and lodging. Our Amsterdam AirBnB was quite small. The pictures online lent to that idea but were very well taken and made it look larger than it truly was. We were on the top floor, almost in a little attic type space. It felt like a million degrees out, which did not help with the sweaty situation that was created by 3 flights of stairs. We freshened up and decided to head out to wander around. On our way out of our AirBnB, two men are standing at the front entry and are shocked to see us! One, apparently the building owner, even exclaimed, “You’re not supposed to be here!” I was shocked and scared that we had gone to the wrong place, even though we had gotten the key with no problem. Apparently, our host didn’t receive our texts about having arrived safely and sent the owner over to make sure the lock was still in working order!

I had pre-bought tickets for the Van Gogh Museum for our first day in Amsterdam as it was my top priority for our time there. Van Gogh is my favorite painter, you can ask Trevor…. Anyhow, we walked around the area of our AirBnB, wandered around the canals, and eventually made our way to the Van Gogh Museum after a brief stop by the IAmsterdam sign. We were dying of heat at this point. Thank goodness for air-conditioned museums! We spent a little more time than probably necessary at the Van Gogh Museum, just soaking up the cool relief of the AC! Now keep in mind, many museums have rooms that are darker (this museum included), there was AC, and we traveled many hours to finally get to Amsterdam… This was the perfect recipe for Trevor to fall asleep. Yes, he actually fell asleep while we sat for a bit on a bench.

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The beautiful Amsterdam canals
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I Amsterdam Sig
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Van Gogh Museum
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Beautiful flowers near the Van Gogh Museum

After a nice time at the Museum, we took a longer way back to our AirBnB and saw the Apple Store in Amsterdam. Trevor really wanted to see a few in Europe over our trip, so we took advantage of their AC and great wifi. Night One in Amsterdam, we ended up eating Italian. Yes, I know, we weren’t in Italy, but it was the closest food we could find that we could both agree upon! We ate some amazing pepperoni pizza before heading back to the AirBnB.

I zonked out pretty promptly after getting back to our AirBnB. Trevor, however, discovered ants. Yes, our smaller-than-imagined-AirBnB, was also now invested with ants. Trevor took some photos of where they were thriving and messaged our host via my account since we couldn’t get ahold of him from his phone number earlier. I am so thankful he didn’t wake me up to tell me. I slept 12 hours that night and probably could’ve slept more. Plus…the next day was filled with just as many adventures…

More about Amsterdam and the rest of our journey through Europe to come later, keep on checking back!
XO Elisebeth

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