As we’ve got some time off work and having recently bought a Harley Davidson, we decided we’d ride to Amsterdam. From Bristol, it takes just over eight hours. We were going to break this up into two, but as rain was forecast all day on Wednesday, we rode all the way there. I’m glad we did as it did rain THE WHOLE DAY, but by the end of the ride, I felt like my bum was going to fall off. Riding in the rain is crap, walking around in it is still crap but at least you can duck in and out of cafes/shops to stay dry.
We stayed in an Air bnb just outside of the centre of Amsterdam. It was so peaceful and overall a really lovely area. Whenever we ride anywhere there’s always a niggle in the back of your mind whether the bike will still be there in the morning. The thought didn’t even cross my mind here.
To get to Amsterdam centre, it was an eight minute tram ride and the stop was only a two minute walk away, so it was very convenient for us. We left our apartment at 11:00am to “have a look around” and didn’t return until 11:30pm.
Desperate for some food, we made a bee line for the Pancake Bakery. There was a little wait to get in and we had to share our table with a couple of girls, but all of these inconveniences are good signs. If it’s popular, it’s popular for a reason! Mitch had a bacon, cheese and mushroom pancake and I had an Indonesian. Chicken with beansprouts and peanut sauce with a side salad and crackers, I didn’t manage the whole thing but I gave it a good go. It was delicious even as I’m writing this my mouth is watering.
After, we went for a wander to find Amsterdam’s oldest church, The Oude which dates all the way back to 1213. It’s also home to Belle, the statue mounted in 2000 to support sex workers safety in the Netherlands. Across from Belle is a boob in the floor, which if I didn’t know was there, I definitely would of stubbed my toe on.
By this time the rain started getting heavier so we dashed to Primark to buy a cheap umbrella. On our way there we walked through the De Beaurspassage which was inspired by the waterways of Amsterdam.
The last time I came to Amsterdam I’d visited the Sex museum so we opted for the Sex Workers museum… Still going with the same theme! We visited for the novelty but honestly it was very educational on the sex industry of Amsterdam. I learned a few things such as sex workers must register but do not need to have a licence, girls can earn up to £1000 per day, the average customer spends 6 minutes there and that the police work closely with the girls, so it is a lot safer than what it would of been years ago.
It’s quite funny being the girlfriend trailing behind, because you see the women in the window smiling and waving at your bf then see you and quickly look away.
Mitch and I spent the rest of the day looking through the shops, drinking tea and basically trying to stay dry until it was an exceptable time to start drinking something stronger.
Then it was onto the night life of Amsterdam… which I think I’ll keep off my blog! ha ha 🙂