Amsterdiary Part 1 – Travels, Visiting Museumplein & Canal Cruises

Amsterdam 2016, Van Gogh Museum and European Athletics Championship
Hello friends! Today I’m sharing some photos from my vacation earlier this month. I didn’t travel to an island with glorious beaches and lots of sunshine. Instead, I went to Amsterdam with my family, and it was amazing!

Read in Danish


    Hej venner! I dag vil jeg dele nogle billeder fra min ferie. Jeg rejste ikke til en tropeø med strand og solskin. I stedet tog jeg til Amsterdam med min familie, og det var fantastisk!
    Dette er ferien set gennem min kameralinse, med undtagelse af billeder af min søde familie fordi jeg er så selv-optaget for at respektere deres privatliv. Dog tog min far et par billeder, inklusiv nogle meget flatterende billeder af mig (tak far!).

    Vi starter på en onsdag, rejsedagen.

    Onsdag

    03:00. (ja, om morgenen) Afgang fra Danmark. Altså det var den originale plan, men heldigvis skubbede vi afgangen et par så vi kunne sove lidt længere. Vi kørte hele vejen, og det gled relativt smertefrit, kun forsinket af vejarbejde på de tyske motorveje.

    16:30~ ankomst på hotellet. Det var ikke noget dyrt hotel, langt fra. Men det havde senge, og så har man jeg egentlig ikke brug for mere når man tilbringer det meste af dagen ude i byen.

    Aften: Trætte fra den lange køretur, nøjedes vi med at gå lidt rundt i område vi boede i. Jeg falt hurtigt for Amsterdam, det er en meget smuk by fuld af blomster, cykler og kanaler.

    Vi fandt en hyggelig lille restaurant at spise aftensmad ved. All væggene var dekoreret med søde og sjove skilte som det her.

    Vi var over halvvejs igennem måltidet før vi lagde mærke til at restauranten havde en hund, og den havde lagt lige ved siden af vores bord og taget en morfar. Look at this cute ball of fluff.

    Aww!

    Torsdag

    Morgen: Morgenmad på en tilfældig café nær Rijksmuseum (det var virkelig svært at finde morgenmadssteder der åbnede tidligt).

    10:00 Van Gogh Museum: Vi var så heldige at bo en kort gåtur fra en sportvognsstation. Sporvognene i Amsterdam gør det nemt at komme rundt i byen, og alle linje går mod hovedstationen i midten af byen. Alle de steder vi besøgte i løbet af turen lå mindre en 10 minuters gang fra et stoppested – inklusiv Van Gogh museet, hvor stoppestedet er lige ude foran.

    Det eneste problem vi havde med sporvognen, var at forstå speakeren der fortalte hvor den stoppede. Hollandsk minder meget om dansk og især tysk, men udtale helt hen i vejret. Men takket være daglige ture frem og tilbage lærte jeg næsten at sige Cornelis Schuytstraat.

    Tilbage til museet: Vi var så smarte at købe billeterne på forhånd, fordi køen dertil er latterligt lang (og når jeg siger vi, så mener jeg min far). Det var meget spændende, og jeg lærte en masse om den fascinerende maler og hans tragiske historie.

    Fun trivia fact: Min søster er næsten lige så vild med hunde som jeg. Det her ersådan cirka vores samtale hver eneste gang vi spotter en:

    “Der er en hund!”

    “Den er (virkelig) sød!!!!”

    “Alle hunde er søde!!”

    Eftermiddag på Museumplein: EM i atletik, hvilket var det er i første omgang havde inspireret os til at tage til Amsterdam, begyndte denne dag. Nogle af de indledende runder blev afholdt her frem for på stadion, så flere mennesker havde mulighed for at opleve det.

    18:00 Pizza cruise. Åh ja, pizza cruiset. Et klart højdepunkt! Hvis du ikke kender Amsterdam, så kan jeg fortælle at det er 50% vand (eller sådan noget), takket være alle kanalerne. Det betyder at et kanal cruise er en fantastisk måde at opleve byen på, og se alle de smukke gamle bygninger, broer og husbåde. Hvis det ikke er nok, så sejler man jo lige forbi et pizzeria og henter pizzaer til alle 🙂

    At spise pizza er en meget alvorlig opgave der kræver 100% fokus.

    Jeg synes det her er det perfekte billeder at afslutte min Amsterdam dagbog for nu, gør du ikke?

    Den næste del vil være klar til dig i morgen. Vi ses!

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This is the vacation from my point of view, excluding pictures of my sweet family because I’m that self-centered to respect their privacy. Though my dad did shoot a few pictures, including some very unglamorous ones of me (thanks dad!).

We start on a Wednesday, for a day of travels.

Wednesday

03:00. (that’s AM) Departure from Denmark. Well that’s what the original plan was, but luckily we pushed it a couple of hours so we could some sleep. We drove the entire way, and it was relatively problem free trip, only delayed by busy german highways.

16:30~ arrive at the hotel. It wasn’t an expensive hotel, far from it – but it had beds, and you don’t need much more when you’re spending the most of the day exploring the city anyway.

Evening: Being tired from the long drive, we just walked a bit around in the area we lived. I quickly fell in love with Amsterdam, it’s a beautiful city with lots of bikes, flowers and canals.

We found a nice little restaurant to eat. All the walls were decorated with cute and funny signs like this.

We were over half way through the meal before we noticed that the restaurant actually had a dog, and it was napping right next to our table. Look at this cute ball of fluff.

Aww!

Thursday

Morning: Breakfast at a random cafe near Rijksmuseum (it’s really hard to find breakfast spots that open early)

10:00 Van Gogh Museum: We were lucky to live a short walk away from a tram station – trams are an incredibly easy way to get around Amsterdam, and all lines basically go to the central station at the heart of the city. Everything we visited over the week were less than a 10-minute walk away from a tram station – that includes the Van Gogh Museum, where it stopped right outside.

The only problem we had with the tram, was understanding the speaker, who announces the stop. Dutch is similar to Danish and German, but the pronunciation is not at all. But thanks to daily travels back and forth, I almost learnt to say Cornelis Schuytstraat.

Back to the museum: We were smart and had bought the tickets in advance, because the queue can get ridiculously long (by saying we, I mean my dad). It was a very fascinating experience, and I learned a lot about the fascinating painter.

Fun trivia fact: My sister is nearly as obsessed as I am with dogs. This is how it goes every time we see a dog.

“There’s a dog!”

“It’s so cute!!!!”

“All dogs are so cute!!”

Afternoon at Museumplein: The European Athletic Championship, which was how we got the idea to travel to Amsterdam in the first place, started this day. A few of the qualifying rounds were held here instead of at the stadium so more people had a chance to experience it.

18:00 Pizza cruise. Ah, the pizza cruise. Definitely a high light! If you don’t know much about Amsterdam, I can tell you it’s like 50% water thanks to all the canals. This means a canal cruise is an amazing way to experience a city and see all the beautiful building, bridges and houseboats. To make it even better, you can sail by a pizzeria and pick up pizzas for everybody 🙂

Eating pizza is a very important task that requires 100% focus

I think this is the perfect picture to end the first part of my Amsterdam diary entry, don’t you?!

The next part will be up tomorrow. See you then!


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