Sunday, June 28, 2015

Fast Simple Amsterdam Layover

On my way to Kenya I stopped in Amsterdam. My layover was 12 hours long and I was determined to make the most out of it. I have never been to Europe so you can imagine how excited I was, I was also really tired after a 10 hour flight.

I left the airport and hopped on the local train to Central Station. This costs 9.5 Euros round trip and takes about 20 mins. After leaving central terminal I looked around for a canal cruise company, I found many just outside central station. I chose Lovers Tour Company which was the cheapest I found at 19 euros for a hop-on-hop-off boat tour.

I walked to the boarding dock and started off on the canal cruise. They have headphones and a recorded audio tour as you float down the canals in 19 different languages. You can hop-off and on at various locations. The next boat is only 15 minutes away. 

I walked the narrow streets, eating and drinking anywhere I felt. I had traditional croquettes along the canals.

Unfortunately during the day the Red-light District is dead and the Ann Frank House has a huge line. I hope to go again to experience the night life of Amsterdam. It was a long and exhausting day walking the streets of Amsterdam. I was exhausted as I boarded the plane to Nairobi. 

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