Getting to Amsterdam was one of the results of visualisation becoming manifest. (Here is the story about I did about it.)
I love the city of Amsterdam. It seems mostly like a movie set and it is odd to believe that people actually live there. The buildings are skinny and skew and the sounds of ringing bicycle bells accompany the jangle of the crowds of bikes as they ride over the cobbled bridges and tiled speedbumps.
I arrived on a Friday afternoon which is typical of many EU residents looking for a close city weekend getaway – very popular with stag weekends too. It’s a 45 minute flight from Edinburgh or London.
Needless to say I was there to take photos and avoid the crowds gathering outside the Chipsy King at midnight after too much Grolsch or Purple Kush.
What interested me was how people live there: the daily commute and socialising.
Residents leave their windows and doors open (even thought it was Winter) and so you can peer inside to get a glimpse of the compact, modern lives flourishing in this antique, liberal city.
Hotwire is a site that lets you choose your location and amenities required from a list and then ‘gamble’ on the hotel you would like based on price and the listed requirements. Essentially you pay half price and in my experience it was very much worth it.
I arrived in the late afternoon so I will start with my tour through the evening walking around in the city.