Molly and I walked Will to the train station this morning and then went to some of the Saturday markets. The thing that stuck out to me was all of the cheese vendors. I ate an entire meal’s worth of cheese cubes by the time we finished browsing through the tents. (As a student, I can’t turn down free samples!)
I will definitely miss Amsterdam’s cheese. There are so many cheese shops here, and they have shelves upon shelves of perfect wheels of cheese. It’s almost at the same level of walking past a really nice bookshop. Some people come to Amsterdam for the drugs; I would come solely for the cheese!
Molly and I are going to the train station now to catch an overnight train to our next destination.
Love, Elizabeth

Molly and I walked Will to the train station this morning and then went to some of the Saturday markets. The thing that stuck out to me was all of the cheese vendors. I ate an entire meal’s worth of cheese cubes by the time we finished browsing through the tents. (As a student, I can’t turn down free samples!)

I will definitely miss Amsterdam’s cheese. There are so many cheese shops here, and they have shelves upon shelves of perfect wheels of cheese. It’s almost at the same level of walking past a really nice bookshop. Some people come to Amsterdam for the drugs; I would come solely for the cheese!

Molly and I are going to the train station now to catch an overnight train to our next destination.

Love, Elizabeth

Will, Molly, and I started our day with a coffee in another cute cafe. Then we checked out the Spui Book market that’s on every Friday. Molly and I were in heaven strolling down the cobbled lane surrounded by tents full of old books, about half of which were English-language. We then peeked in a few nearby bookshops that sold English-language books.
At that point, it was mid-afternoon, so we walked along the canal until we found a nice place for lunch. We walked around for a few more hours, admiring the sights of Amsterdam, and now we’re back at the hostel. It’s our last night here, so we’re going to go grab dinner and a drink and see some of Amsterdam at night.
Love, Elizabeth

Will, Molly, and I started our day with a coffee in another cute cafe. Then we checked out the Spui Book market that’s on every Friday. Molly and I were in heaven strolling down the cobbled lane surrounded by tents full of old books, about half of which were English-language. We then peeked in a few nearby bookshops that sold English-language books.

At that point, it was mid-afternoon, so we walked along the canal until we found a nice place for lunch. We walked around for a few more hours, admiring the sights of Amsterdam, and now we’re back at the hostel. It’s our last night here, so we’re going to go grab dinner and a drink and see some of Amsterdam at night.

Love, Elizabeth

We ate lunch at a cafe on the canal. My aged Amsterdam cheese ciabatta was so Gouda!

We ate lunch at a cafe on the canal. My aged Amsterdam cheese ciabatta was so Gouda!

Yesterday was another fun day in Amsterdam. We left our hostel first thing in the morning and had a delicious coffee at a cute sidewalk cafe near the Albert Cuyp market. Then we spent a few hours walking through the market. It was a long street of stalls that sold anything from clothing to food to antiques, and it reminded me a little bit of Camden Market in London.
While walking to the city centre, we found the Bloemenmarkt, which is Amsterdam’s Flower Market. The stalls were full of beautiful flower arrangements, and the stall owners that I talked to were so enthusiastic about what they did. (I would probably be that happy too if I spent all day in a tent of flowers!)
Our final market stop was Waterlooplein, which was a huge vintagey market that also reminded me of Camden Market. We spent the rest of the day wandering around the canals, peeking at a few museums, and stopping for several coffees in the cute cafes. (Don’t confuse “cafe” with “coffeeshop” which is where you buy cannabis!)
Love, Elizabeth

Yesterday was another fun day in Amsterdam. We left our hostel first thing in the morning and had a delicious coffee at a cute sidewalk cafe near the Albert Cuyp market. Then we spent a few hours walking through the market. It was a long street of stalls that sold anything from clothing to food to antiques, and it reminded me a little bit of Camden Market in London.

While walking to the city centre, we found the Bloemenmarkt, which is Amsterdam’s Flower Market. The stalls were full of beautiful flower arrangements, and the stall owners that I talked to were so enthusiastic about what they did. (I would probably be that happy too if I spent all day in a tent of flowers!)

Our final market stop was Waterlooplein, which was a huge vintagey market that also reminded me of Camden Market. We spent the rest of the day wandering around the canals, peeking at a few museums, and stopping for several coffees in the cute cafes. (Don’t confuse “cafe” with “coffeeshop” which is where you buy cannabis!)

Love, Elizabeth

I don’t know where to start. Amsterdam is my new favorite city. Molly and I got the train from Belgium this morning (Brussels was just a one-day thing) and arrived here around ten. We went on a walking tour as soon as we got here and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the city.
Tonight, Molly and I went to the Anne Frank House, where the Frank family hid during the war. It was incredibly emotional (yes, I cried), and having read Anne’s diary made it seem all the more real. The house where the Franks and four of their friends stayed was actually where Anne’s father worked. They converted the upper levels of the tall canal house into a living space, where they stayed for almost two and a half years. The non-Jewish, Dutch employees who worked in the building helped the families upstairs in the Secret Annexe.
Anne kept her diary during the time they stayed there and hoped it would be published after the war. Her dream was to become a writer. Unfortunately, someone reported them, and the families were taken to concentration camps. Anne and her sister died of cholera a month before the liberation, and her father, Otto, was the only member of the family who survived the war. He found her diary and published it, giving a face to the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust.
That’s just a brief summary, but I would recommend that everyone read Anne’s diary.
Will just arrived, so we’re going out for a drink and then coming back to bed so we can start off early in the morning.
Love, Elizabeth

I don’t know where to start. Amsterdam is my new favorite city. Molly and I got the train from Belgium this morning (Brussels was just a one-day thing) and arrived here around ten. We went on a walking tour as soon as we got here and it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the city.

Tonight, Molly and I went to the Anne Frank House, where the Frank family hid during the war. It was incredibly emotional (yes, I cried), and having read Anne’s diary made it seem all the more real. The house where the Franks and four of their friends stayed was actually where Anne’s father worked. They converted the upper levels of the tall canal house into a living space, where they stayed for almost two and a half years. The non-Jewish, Dutch employees who worked in the building helped the families upstairs in the Secret Annexe.

Anne kept her diary during the time they stayed there and hoped it would be published after the war. Her dream was to become a writer. Unfortunately, someone reported them, and the families were taken to concentration camps. Anne and her sister died of cholera a month before the liberation, and her father, Otto, was the only member of the family who survived the war. He found her diary and published it, giving a face to the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust.

That’s just a brief summary, but I would recommend that everyone read Anne’s diary.

Will just arrived, so we’re going out for a drink and then coming back to bed so we can start off early in the morning.

Love, Elizabeth

I think Big Potto loves Amsterdam as much as I do!

I think Big Potto loves Amsterdam as much as I do!