Hello friends and family! This past weekend my friend (and fellow American!- she’s from New York) Ilana and I flew to Holland to explore the city of Amsterdam. We actually were only there for a total of 1.5 days, but we sure made the most of it! We ate our fair share of stroopwafels (see below), took a 3 hour walking tour, embarked on an hour long canal tour, tried our best to stay out of the bike paths, and thoroughly enjoyed every single minute in this extraordinary city. This post is heavily saturated with canal and leaning building photos, but I can’t help it- the views were my favorite part! Enjoy.
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On our walking tour, we found out why some of the houses seem to be leaning. The stairways in these buildings are always very narrow and steep which makes it impossible to move furniture in and out of the houses. Every single one of the houses has a hook on top of the roof which is used to hang a wheel and rope to pull furniture up the side of the building and through the windows with. The houses were built to lean so that while pulling large furniture up the building, they do not hit the sides of the building. Interesting, eh?
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We visited the Rembrandt House Museum- the place where Rembrandt actually lived and worked while in Amsterdam.
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Oo how excited two American’s get when they find an amazing brunch- a meal that does not seem to exist in Spain!
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Stroopwafels- made from two thin layers of baked waffles with a caramel-like syrup filling in the middle. I think I came back with an addiction.
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Tulip market!
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IAMsterdam sign behind the Rijksmuseum, which we unfortunately did not have enough time to visit.
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Very balanced breakfast- beet & carrot smoothie along with waffle & nutella. 😉
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I really hope to return to Holland someday to explore more of Amsterdam but also to travel through the countryside and other cities. My great grandfather was Dutch which means it is important for me to return and investigate my roots, right?! 😉