Exploring Amsterdam, The World’s Most Liberal City

Hey there! Today I am excited to share a little bit about our adventures in Amsterdam, also known as the most liberal city in the world.

To back track a second, we arrived in London on Friday and still had no idea if we got on the cruise or not. When we hadn’t heard anything from Royal Caribbean by 5pm on Saturday we decided to put our backup plan into action.

I quickly booked two tickets on the Eurostar for 9am on Sunday from London to Amsterdam. I then went on Orbitz and looked up hotels. We booked a couple nights at Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw.

And that’s where the vlog picks up:

This was my first time in Amsterdam and Adam’s second time. We both really like the city and would looove to go back. We packed our days with plenty of activities but there is still so much more ground we could have covered!

For those wondering about traveling to Amsterdam last minute (and during peak vacation season) here’s a breakdown of our costs:

– $495.40 for 2 Eurostar tickets from London
– $439.25 for 2 nights in a centrally located hotel
– $53.94 for 2 tickets to the Van Gogh Museum
– $38 for 2 tickets on the canal boat tour
– Money for food, drinks, shopping etc.

And now let’s dive into the technical details…

The train ride from London took about four hours, which really seemed to pass by very quickly. There are two types of train tickets, first class or second class. We rode in second class seats and they were quite comfortable.

The first two hours we were on the Eurostar train itself, and the second two hours we were transferred to a regular train. We ended up at Amsterdam Central Station, and our hotel, Hotel Amsterdam De Roode Leeuw, was about a 10 minute walk from there.

I highly recommend choosing a hotel that is located in the city center. Not only will you be in walking distance of the train station, but you’ll be in walking distance of basically everything you could want to do in Amsterdam.

As for the food, no matter what your preference, you’ll find it in Amsterdam. There are a million restaurants to choose from, many of which sell pizza, pasta, burgers, fries, Chinese food and LOTS of gelato! What you won’t find for some reason is Dutch food (although I hear it’s because even the Dutch know Dutch food isn’t very good haha).

I’m already looking forward to making another trip someday in the future!

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    • Kristina
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      June 7, 2018 / 7:29 pm

      I wish I would have waited to buy the perfume at the airport. That was originally my plan so I could get it duty-free but I jumped the gun and got excited when I saw all the testers in Amsterdam haha. I wish I would have waited though because the perfume was 20% off at the airport!!!!! That’s what I get for being impatient!