Amsterdiary Part 3 – Gold Medals & Waffles

Hi friends! It’s time for the last entry in my diary from Amsterdam

If you’re not caught up, you can read part 1 here and part 2 here.

Sunday

09:00 The missing waffles: Although the Netherlands aren’t quite the same as Belgium, we’d found a lovely little place that seemed famous for their waffles online. And it was right next to the Heineken Experience, which we had tickets for later. Perfect place for breakfast! Only it was closed. And everything else was closed. And the road was closed thanks for the marathon happening in a moment. Not good to start the day hangry! We ended up at a starbucks-like place and ordered nearly all their food. Not because we were hungry (we were though), but because they barely had anything.

10:00 EC Half-marathon: As we were waiting for the Heineken experience to open, we got to watch the half-marathon runners pass by. It’s ridiculous how fast they can run for so long, I don’t think I could keep up with them if I was sprinting!

After all the runners had passed, this guy came walking outside the fence, then seemed to ask a lady for directions before jumping back in and continuing to run. He can’t have been lost, can he?! It’s a mystery.

10:30 The Heineken Experience: We thought it would be fun with a tour through the old brewery at Heineken (somebody was drawn in by the free samples too). The first part was much like I expected. And then it got weird. Dutch-bicycle-karaoke & “dangerous”-beer-rollercoaster weird.

When we reentered the real world again, the public 10k run following the championship run had started – and we had to take a minute to enjoy the awesome costumes some runners were wearing. And you couldn’t not notice this guy in his Glitter Golf playing music and cheering on the runners.

We found a cafe to have lunch at right next to the runners’ water station – ready for a big lunch!

Delicious avocado & egg sandwich!

15:00 @ Olympisch Stadion: Of course we got tickets for the final day of the championship – today it’s all about medals, and there was no time to be late because Sara Slott and Stina Troest were among the first on the track!

400 m hurdles final. Lane 8: Stina Troest. Lane 6: Sara Slott

And the winner is…

Sara Slott & Denmark! 😀

I wonder if they just got the tallest guy to do this job.

Gianmarco Tamberi easily won the men’s high jump. He’s so charismatic and genuinely seemed to support the other athletes, he was a pleasure to watch! Also, he has a really cool beard. Well, half a beard.

Dafne Schippers is the fastest European woman helped the Netherlands get the gold for the 4 x 100 m relay

The relay is just one of the best competitions, so intense to watch!

1500 m men – Gotta admire Henrik Ingebrigtsen’s outfit (sunglass guy)! He took the bronze, as his brother stole the gold.

The British women won silver in the 4 x 100 m and gold in the 4 x 400 m relay!

As the competition was coming to an end, we headed outside to the medal plaza (for some reason the athletes didn’t get the medal inside the stadium)

I had to get an image of Sara Slott – and with a bit of photoshop, nobody would notice how most flags are Swiss, not Danish.

20:30 @ Hard Rock Café: For dinner, we went to Hard Rock Cafe. It’s located in a lovely side street with lots of restaurants and bars. And as this was the night of the Euro’s final, it was the perfect place to be. The atmosphere was amazing, and lots of people cheered for both France and Portugal.

Monday

10:00 Body Worlds: We looked at dead people. Literally dead people. It’s an exhibition about anatomy, health & happiness. I knew the facts already, but it was interesting to experience and see the things I’ve been reading so much about in a new context – and I think it was an eye-opening experience for my family too.

As my mum and dad went to experience the dutch landscape (and crash the shooting of a Ryan Reynolds movie), the kids (don’t tell me I’m not a kid anymore) had a relaxing afternoon.

Tuesday

10:30 @ Gassan Diamonds: I got to touch really expensive diamonds. I feel like I shouldn’t be allowed to do that. Fascinating place to visit, although not the best place to find a quirky souvenir.

12:00: Waffles. We found a waffle place. Well, it looked like a waffle place, but was actually more of a Nutella place that served Nutella with a bit of waffle and strawberries on the side. It turns out you can have too much of a good thing.

The rest of the day was spend walking around town, and with a last vist to Museumplein.

I’ve been told it’s good to stop while you’re on top. And that ^ is a nice picture.
I’d rather go out on a laugh 🙂

Have you ever been to Amsterdam? Do you want to go there? Let me know in the comments!


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