As the old saying goes, “what happens in Amsterdam stays in Amsterdam” but where would be the fun in writing or reading that blog!
So what did happen in Amsterdam? Well, with fantastic weather conditions for every occasion – sunny at night for canal side drinking, cloudy and cool for our walking tours and incredible downpours for a pub crawl in the area with the highest concentration of bars (meaning we had to hit as many as possible in the shortest possible distance) everything went just right and ensured everyone had an amazing time.
Starting out on Thursday in the pretty swanky canal side Café De Jaren, we met and greeted everyone who’d come from all corners of the UK before heading up to Dam square area for some beers, Jaegers and the first in a series of games of pool, pitting each city against each other. I think it’s safe to say London have some improving to do, but it was Leeds who won out in the end, defeating myself and Manchester’s hopes of ultimate glory!
Sensing the need to move on before we got sucked into a Jaeger-daze, we decided to hit the famous Rembrandtplein for some dodgy dancing, some awful Bob Marley sing-alongs and maybe just one or two more German syrup shots…..
Luckily we all felt on good form for Friday as it was time for our citysocializer weekend obligatory tour of the city. This was one of the best tours we’ve ever done with us getting to see all the sights from our friendly guide Mark, who’d left South Africa to holiday in Amsterdam in 1991 and has been there ever since (it’s one of those places…).
Taking in The Royal Palace, Anne Frank house, the Red Light district, coffee shops and more – this was a perfect blend of culture, history and finding out how and why Amsterdam has become a beacon for liberalism in the western world. After this 3hour tour, it was safe to say that everyone had earned a well deserved beer so onwards we went to the home of film premiers, celeb spotting’s and general good times in the Leidseplein district of the city.
Saturday as always was a pretty chilled affair in the day, with everyone starting to get on really well and forming their own groups to do what interested them the most. With myself and Amy hosting 10 of us at the always brilliant Heineken Experience, other members took to canal cruises, restaurants, cheese and wine tastings or just went and unashamedly hit the bars all afternoon instead.
By the time we’d all met up in the red light district at night for a bar crawl around one of the most “eye opening” parts of town, it was safe to say that a lot of members wished we could have stayed another few days and do it all again!
After some great weekends to Berlin, Barcelona and Rome already under our belt, Amsterdam easily lived up to the standards set and I have to say that it’s easy to have a great time with having such an outgoing and diverse bunch of people joining us from different citysocializer communities across the UK – everyone who joins us really plays their part and makes our trips what they are today.
I hope that everyone will be able to join us in Copenhagen, Athens or Berlin and if you have ideas for your own travel socials or weekends away, why not get them up on the citysocializer site!
Fancy Joining us on our next weekend away?
Copenhagen, Denmark - Sep 4th-6th
Athens, Greece – Oct 24th-26th
Berlin, Germany – Dec-12th-14th