Why on earth it took me so long to visit Amsterdam I have no idea. It is a one hour flight from London. One hour! It takes me just as long to get to Scotland. The flight was cheap and once we had landed we hopped on a quick train into the centre. It is a small city. You don't need to catch much public transport to get around. We stayed at an Airbnb that was pretty central. It was one of the few foreign countries I visited where I actually understood a little bit of the language! Unlike Spain and France where I rely on Chris, I could actually read signs and catch snippets of conversations. Those Afrikaans lessons at school finally paid off! We visited Anne Franks house, the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and sex museum (Amsterdam has a lot of museums). We took a tour of the Heineken museum, a boat trip along the canals and a walk through the red light district. We walked a lot. We did the most incredible food tour, which I'll do a separate post about. It was January so it was a bit cold and gloomy... which meant we had the excuse to spend a lot of time inside the beautiful wood-panelled bars trying out the many different Dutch beers. The bars in Amsterdam are great... there are lots of tiny little cosy places with friendly bar staff. We stumbled across a cute bar one evening where we landed up sitting at the bar and talking to the locals until about 2am! They introduced us to Jenever, a juniper-flavoured Dutch gin, served in a tulip-shaped glass filled to the brim so that you have to sip it before you can pick the glass up! Janine, our Airbnb host recommended a restaurant called Partisan which was near her house. It was not touristy at all... the menu was in Dutch! It was a bit pricey but we went for my birthday meal and the food and service were both brilliant. It was a fantastic weekend away and just a short hop from England!