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Tuesday, Three Things I Do Every Time I Go To Amsterdam

Whenever I mention I’m from the Netherlands people always assume I’m from Amsterdam. Sadly I’m not, but from what I hear from my friends it’s like living in any big city: rent is way too high, smashed avocado sandwiches too expensive and public transport is shit.

But those big city flaws don’t stop me from visiting often, and as I wandered around the city one a sunny afternoon last week I realised I do have some Amsterdam rituals I keep coming back to.

Get My Culture On
During my teens, Amsterdam was where I went throw away my hard-earned money on shopping sprees, and when I got a bit older my go-to place for concerts – but then I’d only see what was between the train station and the venue. It wasn’t until later I learned to appreciate its many museums and historical activities, so now I try to cross off one museum per visit. From a quick exhibition at FOAM to a Friday Late at the van Gogh and checking out a new kid on the block, the city’s cultural hubs will never let you down.

Eat All The Fried Goods
When I’m at my parents I usually go for Bosnian dishes and Dutch cheese, so for me Amsterdam is where I can indulge in Dutch deep fried food. My favourites are fries at Manneke Pis, cheese croquettes at EYE and the delicious goodness that are bitterballen. If you see bitterballen in the menu, do yourself a favor and order a portion, they’re breadcrumb-covered little pieces of heaven.

Go All Touristy
While I have a a bit of love/hate relationship with tourist traps, I don’t turn my back on them all! I still haven’t seen everything so I always make cross something off my Amsterdam list whenever I go. Whether that’s going for pancakes at that place that’s all over IG, spotting the bench from the Fault in our Stars or facing my fears at the A’dam Lookout swing.

Do you have rituals for the places you visit often?

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Money Talk: The Failed Amsterdam Experiment

amsterdam tipsIn the spirit of out-takes, I want to talk about a failed post I had hoped to publish a few months ago. Before I headed to Amsterdam last time this idea came to mind, a post on what to do/get for one to two Euros, so not a post on how do Amsterdam on the cheap or for free, but how to enjoy that last 1 or 2 coins you have left to the fullest. You know how you always have some change at the end of your trip? Some save it for a next trip or take it back to their Euroland and others give it to a street artists or someone in need, but does that really feel good? I embraced the experiment and went out to test in the field – because that’s what I do…but sadly I came back disappointed. read more

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Must See Museums in Amsterdam

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Mad for museums? Well look no further than Amsterdam – home to over fifty, boasting everything from paintings with dogs to giant bubble tunnels. Here’s my top selection of the best: read more

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13 Quirky Things To Do In Amsterdam

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Behind the coffee shops, Red Light District and thrill-seeking tourists, Amsterdam has a quirky, unexpected side that is truly worth discovering. I felt like sharing Dealchecker’s guide to 13 of the most unusual, eccentric and unpredictable experiences that the city has to offer. From Amsterdam Public Library to the Catboat and restaurant Moeders. read more

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11 Photos That Will Make You Want To Stay At BackStage Hotel, Amsterdam

for those who like to roll back to their bed after a night of rocking in the centre of Amsterdam there is the BackStage Hotel. A 22-room, music-themed hostel only a short walk to music venues such as de Melkweg, Paradiso and Sugarfactory.

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Backstage Hotel Leidsegracht 114, 1016 CT Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Friday, Five Awesome Things I’ve Seen & Done in Amsterdam

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Although I have never lived in Amsterdam, the city always feels like a home coming and I love to walk around and revisit old favourites and find new ones.

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A friend took me to Paper Planes on Rokin for lunch and I think this might be my new favourite place for lunch. They do some great breakfast/lunch variations and a really good smoothies. The club sandwich stuffed with avocado and chicken definitely hit the spot and wasn’t expensive considering what you’d pay elsewhere in the area. I secretly regret not having the pancakes, but guess that means I have to go back!

It’s always worth checking out what is on at FOAM (Photography Museum Amsterdam), as they always have interesting temporary exhibitions and your time there will be well spent. They have an Araki exhibition till the 11th of March, worth a visit if you are interested in his highly stylised portraits.

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The VolksHotel in Amsterdam East reminded me a lot of Hotel Michelberger in Berlin and it’s a must if you are into quirky boutique hotels for a reasonable price. Even if you don’t book a room you can hop in for a quite drink or bite to eat in their bar area. In summer you can enjoy drink and the view on the terrace on their rooftop terrace. If you strip it down to the essentials: bed (hard, but that’s the way I like it), shower (great pressure and it has one of those big shower heads, though not everyone might like the idea the shower is divided from the sleeping area by only a glass wall) and wi-fi (worked perfect for me) it gets two thumbs up from me. It’s a bit outside the tourist centre, but doesn’t necessarily mean it’s in the middle of nowhere, it holds everything you need so you don’t really miss out on anything and you can crawl to your bed after cocktails.

After Hint Hunt in London I got the hang of escape games, luckily my friends were curious too and we booked a session at Room of Riddles. If you missed the hype: in these escape games you are locked in a room and (usually) given one hour to solve a series of clues and break out of the room. I like to think I have a good imagination, so I can really dive into the story. It was less challenging than Hint Hunt but still interesting and we took the record of the day for completing it the quickest. I’m looking forward to try the other rooms they have too.

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Damrak (the street between Centraal station and Dam Square) is always crazy busy and you shouldn’t stop there … except for a quick fries stop at Manneken Pis. There is a big chance there is a queue, but it is worth the wait as they serve one of the best Flemish fries in the city. And Vincent is right: We put mayonaise on our fries … we fuckin’ drown ’em in that shit – and you should too. But if that doesn’t get you salivating, try satay sauce, a combination of satay and mayo (called oorlog) or curry ketchup/mayo and chopped onions (special sauce).