Amsterdam, Netherlands Part 1
Alright. Amsterdam. Not my favorite city. Really it is just not really the city for me. I am not into smoking pot or drinking beer or ogling at ladies in the red light district or riding my bike around all crazy or anything that Amsterdam is all about. I enjoyed our time there, but....it is just not the place for me. My one friend went in the winter last year and really enjoyed it, but I don't think it was as crowded as it was when we were there. You smelled pot everywhere which is not that good for me.
Above is the view from our room
Wandering around was nice, there were just too many people!
We went to Meatless District for dinner
Stuffed zucchini blossoms
Fried cauliflower with pea puree, harissa, cauliflower puree and naan
Naked burger - seitan patty with sweet potato fries and toppings
Battered broccoli with asparagus, samphire, and mustard sauce. Everything was super tasty, but it was really greasy with all the fried food which was almost too much for me
Water water everywhere
Breakfast at Bagel & Beans - teriyaki bagel - so tasty!
Raymond had the mushroom burger
Royal Palace Amsterdam
Our first full day in Amsterdam started with the free tour around town. Now they do it a bit differently there as you really should book a ticket online (even though it is free) if you want to get on the tour. Normally in other cities we just show up and they split up the group into however many they needed and we head out, but in Amsterdam you can't do that for some reason. We were lucky and just managed to get on the first tour of the day or we probably would have just wandered on our own.
So many people on the tour!
They moved some of the headstones from doorways to the Amsterdam Museum. You still see plenty around town
Lunch at Jasmine Thai - veggies & tofu
And pad thai with tofu - yum!
View from the main train station
Brownie from Vegabond - so delicious!
Chocolate peanut butter brownie from Meatless District - good, but not as good as the one from Vegabond
Dinner at Terra Zen Centre - bacon sushi thing - I had to try it as it sounded so weird
And two mixed plates that were super tasty!
We walked all over the place the first day here. One other thing about Amsterdam - it is so humid. So when it is cold I am sure it is so cold, and when it is warm it feels so much warmer. This day it was 84°F with 92% humidity!! I don't think I could deal with that all the time.