A few weeks ago it happened: due to a cancellation of our flight to Copenhagen (thanks for that, ryanair.) I searched for an alternative and asked my sister if she wanted to go to Amsterdam with me.
Thank god she said yes and so we went to discover Amsterdam.
HOW WE GOT THERE AND WHERE WE STAYED
I’ve booked our trip in the beginning of October via Flixbus, which is active in a big part of Europe. Biggest plus: it’s really, really budgetproof!
A little minus is that it takes a bit longer to get to your destination than going by train/car/airplaine but then again: it’s really, really budgetproof!
I find Amsterdam a quite expensive city to stay at, so I looked for a cool hostel and found one! We stayed at the EcoMama Amsterdam hotel, an ecofriendly and sustainable hotel in the centre of Amsterdam!
I booked a private room for the both of us and it was great! And a fun discovery upon arrival: breakfast was included!
Ecomama was actually not that expensive and I loved it there! I would really recommend to stay there (or at their ‘mother’ Cocomama) if you would visit Amsterdam.
When we looked outside, it seemed like our bed was floating on the river!
AMSTERDAM, I THINK I’M IN LOVE WITH YOU
Our hostel was located just outside the ‘tourist’ centre (a 5 min. walk) but really close to the Waterlooplein. The amazing thing about the Waterlooplein-neighbourhood is that it’s surrounded by a few vintage shops and there’s a flea market (the Waterlooplein flea market).
Apparently it’s the oldest Flea market in Amsterdam where you can find vintage, antique, clothing, food, drinks and much more! Biggest plus: the flea market is open from monday-saturday (9h30-18h00).
Of course, one of the most famous visits in Amsterdam is the Rijksmuseum, but did you know there’s a museum dedicated to cats in Amsterdam??
How awesome is that! The ‘KattenKabinet‘ or Cat Cabinet was founded by Bob Meijer, the proud owner of the ginger cat John Pierpont Morgan (1966-1983).
Every five years he gave his cat a special gift and that’s how it all started..
If you (like me) are totally obsessed with plants and love walking between leaves and flowers the Hortus Botanicus is something just for you! One of the things I love the most about being a student is getting a student discount! My sister and I got in for 5 euros each and it was 5 euros well spent!
I could go on about it for hours but I guess the pictures will do the talking (hehe).