A couple of weeks ago I spent a weekend in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Had a great time! 

Since I didn’t have much time off of work, it was a short trip. I drove down to Arlanda (airport in Sweden), after work on a Thursday. The flight was two hours late, so I got to the hostel I was sleeping in at midnight. 

I slept at a hostel named Dutchies Hostel. Not the best location, about 5k from all museums and the city itself. But easily reachable by tram and bus. I also walked into the city one day, which is also an option. Or renting a bike, but that was more expensive than taking the tram (and looked dangerous, so many people out on bikes! I thought I would be run over!). But otherwise it was a really nice hostel. Clean, felt like a safe neighborhood, a nice (if a bit small) kitchen. I would stay there again if I go back there. 

During my trip I went to the Rijksmuseum, the Anne Frank House, the public library, sat the I Amstersam sign, went on a canal cruise. I also had a bit of downtown at different restaurants and ate great , did some writing, had coffee and strawberries in the sun. 

Have to say that the public transportation system was quite confusing and difficult to understand. But I managed to not get lost and I got everywhere I wanted. I bought a 48 hour card (walked the first evening and morning). If you ever go to Amsterdam: remember to both check in and out of the bus/tram, otherwise the card gets invalid. Don’t ask me why, but it’s important. I was terrified I would forget, but managed to get it right every time. 

My favorite museum I went to in Amsterdam was the Anne Frank House. Just don’t do what I did: just show up there after 3.30 pm and plan on getting a ticket at the door. Book ahead. I had to wait in line for 2,5-3 hours. In the end it was worth it though. A must visit when you’re in Amsterdam! 

Unfortunately I only had two and a half day in Amsterdam, I would have loved staying there longer. I liked the city. I thought it kind of reminded me of a mix between London and Venice. I’ll definitively go back when I get the chance. 

Greetings from Karon Beach, Thailand

So, I’m finally out traveling again. This time I’m back in Thailand. My sister, brother and I are in Karon Beach in Phuket. We arrived a few days ago and have checked out the hotel pool and beach by now. It’s really hot here, so nice!

On Thursday and Friday we’re doing our first diving and on Monday we’re going to the Similan Island for a liveaboard trip. Gonna be so much fun.

Don’t have many pictures yet, so here’s one of the first walking path I’ve seen in Thailand and one of the pool.