Amsterdam in July…

Last July a few friends of mine decided to book a last minute trip to Amsterdam. I’d only been to Amsterdam once before for a few hours on a ferry trip, and to be honest I wanted to travel as much as possible last year…so I just thought why not!

There was 6 of us altogether, and it was the first time I’d been on holiday with a group of friends rather than just one friend. Normally I’m a bit hesitant about travelling in groups, just due to the fact that you have to accommodate to what everyone wants to do. But to be honest this wasn’t an issue for us at all seen as everyone wanted to do relatively similar things anyway, which made things a hell of a lot easier.

So we stayed for three nights in Amsterdam at the Camp Inn Hotel, which was a great hotel which also offered bike rental which was ideal to get around Amsterdam. It was room only, which was perfect as it allowed us to check out what food Amsterdam had to offer, and it really didn’t disappoint. Inside the city centre, Amsterdam basically accommodates all food lovers. Theres pastries, pizza, spaghetti, sandwiches, burgers…you get the idea. Not to mention the coffee there is amazing!

Obviously we didn’t just go for the food aspect of Amsterdam, so we had just three days to fit in as much of Amsterdam’s culture as humanly possible. We went to the museum of prostitution, the sex museum, we went on a tour at the Heineken Experience, Amsterdam’s Ice bar, the red light district, and of course we popped into a bulldog coffee shop. Oh I almost forgot we also took a leisurely bike ride through the streets and along the canal…which meant nearly getting run over by a tram (when in Amsterdam eyy).

Overall the trip was pretty amazing. We didn’t get to go to the Anne Frank house, but it’s definitely on my bucket list. Either way I’ll have to go back at some point, as Amsterdam has so much to offer. Hopefully there are more group trips are to come too! Oh and the weather was pretty good too!

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Preparation…

Today is the day.

In the past couple of months I’ve thought a lot about travelling…but in reality it feels like it will never happen. I want to change this so I’ve decided that today is the day I shall start planning where I want to travel, what I’m most interested in seeing and how much money I need to save up. The trip won’t actually be until next summer, but still it’s better to be prepared then leave everything to the last minute…at least with some aspects. The trip will begin in the UK travelling down from my home town and then beginning to travel through and around Europe. So far that’s all I know. I’m sure everything will come together a few months down the line, but until then let’s get planning!

“When all this started, I asked myself, ‘Am I going to withdraw from the world, like most people do, or am I going to live?’ I decided I am going to live-or at least try to live-the way I want, with dignity, with courage, with humor, with composure.” – Mitch Albom.

Dream One

One of my biggest dreams at the minute is to go travelling. This could be due to wanting to escape from other things right now, but it’s mostly about seeing the world and realising that there’s more out there then the mundane lives we lead sometimes. Not only that but in my opinion getting away from reality and seeing the beauty of the world, often allows us to see the beauty of our own lives.

I’ve read many stories about how people realise who they are while travelling, or even who the want to become… that’s not to say it’s the reason I want to do it. I prefer to be on the road exploring, because in a way I am writing my life story everyday and I’d prefer to be moving while doing it. Even if I’m not necessarily moving forward I’ll be happy. Though some would see that as procrastinating instead.

I don’t really have a set route planned out of where I’m going or in what order. However this will probably change once I have money saved and it actually seems like a possibility. Of course I have places in mind that I want to visit and even some to revisit, as I didn’t exactly pay attention to the culture of them when I was younger… well not as much as I would now.

My main plans will be to look over areas that have history for example Germany, Ukraine and America. Then also go on to look at areas of pure beauty like Italy, Switzerland and Amsterdam. Finally going back to places I visited mainly when I was younger like Cyprus, Crete, Portugal and finally back to the last place I visited Iceland.

Hopefully I will have enough money someday to make this dream a reality, but until then I shall carry on exploring England as much as I can.

“It is never too late or too soon. It is when it is supposed to be. But you grab a moment, or you let it pass.”” – Mitch Albom, The Time Keeper.