Euro Trip – Solo Edition (Amsterdam/London)

Posted by KaraBautch |25 May 19 |

Euro Trip – Solo Edition (Amsterdam/London)

As I arrived in Amsterdam, I was met with a mix of emotions. This was my last major stop before heading back to California. I wasn’t ready to go home. I didn’t want this adventure to end.  

I was thrilled to meet up with my old college roommate to explore the city for a day or two. She had just moved to Germany and I was so excited to be able to catch up and explore together!

Amsterdam was as I expected, beautiful.

I stayed at Hotel Weber (I recommend), a converted Row House. I was surprised by the steep, winding stairs that took me up to my room on the third floor. As I reached the top, backpack in tow, I was met with a large room, huge bed and beautiful windows that opened up to the street below, a sliver of the canal in the corner. It was the perfect way to end my vacation.

Hotel Weber

Amsterdam Highlights Included:

  • Tour of the Anne Frank House, a heartfelt reminder of all that the world has gone through and how hate is never the answer- and that love and understanding are more important than anything.
  • A newfound love for fresh mint tea.
  • Stroopwafles! Yes!
  • A’Dam lookout to get a view of the city.
  • Bike ride through Vondelpark and some of the city.
  • Made friends with an Ex-Pat and had dinner and drinks with their friends.
  • Canal hop-on hop-off tours are a great way to see the city and save your feet (although Amsterdam is totally walkable.)

As I went through the security line at the Schiphol airport, I was thrilled to get another stamp on my passport yet sad to be leaving such a lovely place.

Arriving at London City Airport after a very bumpy plane ride, I was greeted with rain as I caught an Uber to my friend’s flat.

One final night in England was met with a visit to the Sky Garden, dinner at a delicious restaurant, a walk along the river and the most unique dance-meets-meditation class I had ever experienced. (My friend told me we were going dancing… was different than what I was expecting, but I am grateful he pushed me out of my comfort zone! My favorite part was watching him enjoy himself and dance his heart out!)