Amsterdam, Winter break 2012

Amsterdam, Winter break 2012

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. (Google info).


Amsterdam trip this year was an extension of my trip from Eindhoven where I visited some Indonesian friends there. We gathered up a few ladies and invited them to join us on a 2 day trip to this Dutch capital city. We took the train from Eindhoven there, a short journey of approx 2 hours. I love travelling by train in the Netherlands, they are super organised and extremely efficient.  A group of five Indonesian ladies travelling created a rather busy environment and we got there fairly unharmed (no one told us off for the loud conversations we created in the train).

We stayed in a dormitory type hotel where we all stayed in one enormous room with 6 beds.  We agreed to do this as we were spending most of the evening chatting, in Indonesian we call it “begadang”.

The next day, we travel around the city, visited Dam square and hang around there for bit to watch some public performances. Like most of the European capital cities, Amsterdam is packed with tourists even during the cold months. There are so many things to do around the square. We spent a few hours travelling along the canals, a great way to see a large part of the city, it was amazing.  After a long trip, we headed to one of Indonesian/Chinese restaurants in the China Town area.  It is very easy to find Indonesian restaurants here in Amsterdam, as there many Indonesian settlers here in the City. There are many little shops selling Indonesian things, and kind of strange to find the old Indonesian words being used here in Holland.

I have been to visit amsterdam many times before, and I loved it every time.

Happy holiday

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