|Amsterdam From Above|
|My Hostel Entrance|
To begin with i hate hate gambling. Any form of gambling. Worst kind of addiction. But i wanted to experience the same once in my life. So i went to Holland Casino in Amsterdam. I bought a 5 euro (yep!) chip. The lady at the counter looked at me twice. I wanna try my hand at roulette (thanks to cool moves i saw in zillion movies). Before betting i closely watch other people since I was a complete beginner. After watching several rounds, I finally bet on red pocket since ball drops in red pocket on all the previous occasions. And on my turn it dropped on black pocket. Well, it’s good I hate gambling and that was the end of my career as a gambler. Nearby, I enjoyed watching people playing a game of chess.
I bought a Holland Pass at 75 Euros which enables me to visit below six attractions (chosen by me among many other options) without any extra cost:
Heineken experience: It was informative, fun and cool experience. I had a good time. I really liked how they tried to show/explain little to little details about the beer making process and the Heineken history.
|Graffiti from Body Worlds Exhibition|
First two things that comes to any young mind when we talk about Amsterdam is Weed and Red Light District since both are legal in Amsterdam. Here’s my Experiences:
|Red Light District– De Wallen|
MY FAVOURITE EXPERIENCES
|Side view of Anne Frank House|
Anne Frank House: I had an emotional and enriching experience while visiting the Anne Frank House. It’s like watching a beautifully constructed well intentional inspiring film. It ends with the montages of famous people talking about their experiences of visiting Anne Frank House. Really inspiring. I wrote this comment in their guest book. I quoted Kubrick “However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.”
Stadsschouwburg: One of the things I really wanted to do in Amsterdam was watch a play. Luckily, there was a stage adaptation of Woody Allen’s film “Husbands and wives” playing at Stadsschouwburg. It was in Dutch with English surtitles. But the only problem was ticket’s too costly. So I went there to see if any discount is possible. I reached the ticket counter zigzagging through the high-end restaurant. At the cash counter i met a really nice lady named Myrthe. We talked about the play and Woody Allen’s films. I asked for any possible discount and she gave me an awesome discount and a great seat. She was quite gentle and nice with me. I was very happy after proclaiming my ticket! At night i reached the theatre to catch the play. Stage was filled with furniture. Stage and Surtitles were clearly visible from my seat. From the moment play started I was completely absorbed by it. Sets, energy, performances, music, co-ordination were truly wonderful. It was an outstanding and exhilarating play. I had such a wonderful experience watching this play which I will cherish for long time.
Zaanse Schans: From Amsterdam Central Station I catch a bus to Zaanse Schans. It is a small quiet town. I get down at Zaanse Schans museum. The view was just breathtaking. There are many historic houses and windmills surrounded by water. I explored the neighbourhood and had a really good time while enjoying the nature. Peace of mind.
|Film Eye Institute: View from the inside
|Film Eye Institute: Spaceship-looking building
Night Walks: Those night walks in Amsterdam are still reeling in my mind. Every night i used to walk back to my hostel which took anywhere between 15 to 35 minutes while listening to “Aazaadiyan” (Freedoms) song from the film “Udaan” (Flight) on a loop. Even today whenever i listen to this song, it reminded me of Amsterdam.
Parting Thoughts: I experienced many things for the first time on this trip which made this trip even more memorable for me. I was touched by people’s generosity. It’s not like i met only good people. I came across few assholes too but there are more good people in the world than bad people. I always try to remember this.