We began our journey in a small hostel in the streets of Amsterdam rather early in the morning, walking from the main train station with 15kg each prodding into our backs (stupid heels I only wore once 😂).
We managed to walk up and back in the same street for about 10 mins blindly looking for our hostel, only to be right in front of us the whole time! We unpacked our bags, got changed into some running gear and went on our way!
We ran to the main square, looked up to the sky line and pointed to the tallest building we could see! This destination is where we could stop for some body weight HIIT sessions. We ran all around the city, exploring and getting lost, only realising the time as we began to get hungry. We stopped in a local supermarket to grab some muesli, stevia drops and capsicums (I love to eat them like apples!) On our way home we stopped by the Anne Frank House only to see the second best invention for this city of bicycles, was the Canal Bikes! We knew exactly what next few days adventure would entail!
But first, we decided to join along in a free walking tour around the city, it’s a perfect way to meet fellow travelers, see the city, learn some new things and get in that extra bit of exercise!
We were also given some of the best advice for coffee shops and great restaurants. And boy healthy food is what we found! Amsterdam is full of beautiful sights and great food (it’s not just for its reputation!) Not to mention, it’s one of the healthiest cities in the world, they actually have more bicycles than people!
On that note, we rented some bicycles with some like minded travelers and cycled around the city, starting at the Iamsterdam sign, all the way to the beer brewing windmill, which brews so many different kinds of beers! We had a few taste tests between us, and finished off the afternoon with a bike ride in the sunset!
The Canal Bikes, they are a lot harder than they look. We thought it would be a good idea to take some healthy snacks and have a mini picnic while we leisurely rode through… boy were we wrong. Leisurely is not the word I would use. It was hard to get used to the steering and peddling, I have to say I was much better. Though still managed to bump and scrape into many, many boats on our way through. (Which we got in trouble for! Whoops!)
So while I was doing the hard work, Jess was fueling my legs and brain our small portions of cheeses and dips with carrot sticks. Till we realised the last 40 minutes of meandering through the canals had given us 20 minutes to get back before we got charged extra! Fueled with our picnic we sprinted that run home, and to our surprise we only bumped a 2-3 moored boats on the side of the canals as apposed to the 1000000 before!
Before hopping on our way to we decided to finish our day with a tour through the Anne Frank House, this has to be one of the biggest recommended places to see when you go to Amsterdam. It is such an eye opener, not only to see what everyone had to go through, but also the comradeship that went on with the community.
We quickly snatched up some cheesy (get it! Ha, there’s so much cheese!) souvenirs from local markets before departing on an overnight train where we would only hop off in Berlin!
But Berlin is a story for next time!