One of the great things about studying in the UK is its proximity to the rest of Europe. For years it has been a dream of mine to visit Amsterdam, and it is something that I was really looking forward to while traveling this summer. So when we had a free weekend in London, a group of FIE students headed off to Amsterdam!
We stepped off the plane early Saturday morning to get the most out of our day. We headed off to visit a few markets. Amsterdam has some great markets scattered all over the city. The first market that we visited, Waterlooplein Market, was great for vintage and antique shopping. Next up, we visited a market that had everything including clothing, art, jewelry, and food. In addition to all kinds of international foods, some popular foods that we kept seeing around were poffertjes, french fries, and stroopwafels. I can confirm that the fries and the stroopwafels were delicious!
In the afternoon, we booked a canal tour of the city. The boat tour lasted about an hour and showed us one hundred sights around Amsterdam. In addition to seeing landmarks like the Anne Frank house, we saw some amazing architecture and learned a lot about the history of Amsterdam. The weather was amazing and it made the boat tour everything I had imagined about Amsterdam.
The next morning, we headed off for some more exploring. After making our way back into the city, we wandered around before it was time for our visit at the Van Gogh Museum. This museum was fantastic! Not only do you get to see some of Van Gogh’s most iconic artwork, but you also learn a lot about his life and background as well. Vincent Van Gogh was born in a small town in the Netherlands and later moved to Amsterdam. It was very interesting to see his art along with the timeline of his life. Van Gogh is such an iconic artist, and it was surreal to see a collection of his greatest works in the city that he lived.
Overall, this trip was an amazing experience, and I hope to return for a longer stay someday. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to get tickets to tour the Anne Frank house and we were unable to go inside. But hey, that’s just a great excuse to go back isn’t it?