It’s weird, but I don’t like the city center in Amsterdam. It’s too commercial, too many tourists, too much things set up especially for them (like sex shops, shrooms and weed shops). I’ve been in Amsterdam quiet a few times already, and for some reason didn’t go outside of the city center much. I know it’s my fault, but something always came up, or I was too lazy to go anywhere )
So this time I was very determined to explore and booked a hotel far from the city center. It was also a good decision, because hotel rooms in Amsterdam are really small, even in the good hotels the room can be pretty much as big as a double bed in it. But in the hotel we stayed the room was fine, though the window was sealed and we couldn’t open it, but well… Happens! )
We spent 2 days in Amsterdam and upon arrival bought the “I Amsterdam” cards. Each costs 50 euros, but gives you free pass for all public transport for 48 hours, provides a lot of restaurant discounts and a free pass to a majority of the museums in the city. You get a guide with all the directions with it as well. We used the cards to get a free boat ride over the channels – that was cool!
I wish some day we rent a boat-house for few days and stay there. It has to be incredibly awesome. I have few photos of the Amsterdam boats, will try to make a separate post about them.