Self Expression/ Amsterdam
Amsterdam was the first stop on my 6 week tour through Europe. Picturesque canals, world-class museums and amazing restaurants. Amsterdam is one destination that combines a little bit of everything. Biking in this city was on my bucket list and "I did it". It was also one of the scariest experiences of my life. There are thousands of speed bikers, cars and metros all needing to get somewhere. It's a must do but please proceed with caution ;) . Below is a list of everything I did and highly recommend:
The Student Hotel Amsterdam:
I had the most amazing stay at this hotel. They have everything from an espresso machine in your room to a Ted Talk space downtown stairs. This hotel also features amazing art and a trendy restaurant/ bar. It is a great space for aritists and anyone needing some inspiration.They also have bikes you can rent and it's close to everything.
Wow...this was incredible. It was an interactive tour through Heineken's history in their former brewery. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly and very funny. We had a beer and cheese pairing in a quaint private room. If you're in Amsterdam you have to see this at least once! It was informative and I learned a lot about the history of the company. The beauty of this tour is how interactive it is- the pouring your own pint, designing your own bottle, green screen photo opportunities and interactive games. This is a must do.
Van Gogh Museum:
I believe we are all artists in our own way and therefore, we should all visit the Vincent Van Gogh Museum. You can rent a portable guide that beautifully explains the life, love and evolution of Van Gogh's work. What a wonderful character.
The Anne Frank house is a must see while in Amsterdam. She was a young woman that made such a big impact on the world. This is a great reminder of the evil that exists in the world and still proceeds today. We need to end genocide around the world.