Country-Side via local transport

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So you want to go to the country? What’s the best option? Take a organized tour? Maybe. Rent a bike? Perhaps. Or Figure it out yourself with local trasport?

These questions you have to answer for yourself. I find the excursions to be a bit overpriced but good for people with limited mobility or are nervous to attempt to figure out the public transport system. Not to single out anyone but especially older people who don’t have great technology. Using google and smartphones is easy and handy, but only if you have them! Don’t get me wrong the tours are lovely but not something you must do.

I always push for renting a bike but the tourist bikes can be quite tiresome after 40+km. I recently did a route that took me from Amsterdam to Broek in the Waterland and all the way to Marken, which I recommend. It’s like Volendam but far less busy. It was super cute. On the way back we took a loop which brought us back along the Dijk and eventually through Durgerdam and back into Amsterdam. Mind you along the way you get to go past the house where Henry Hudson’s boat- The Half Moon- that would sail into NY Harbor in 1609 was built. This is great on a sunny day when you get an early start and stop frequently for pictures and food/drinks along the way but left my bum a little sore towards the end.

Then you can take public transport. There’s a new system to take you out to the country-side called www.localbus.nl. The site is in English and there’s even an app. Although I haven’t used the system personally it seems the best option for a savvy and economically conscientious traveler. From what I gather you spend 10€ for an all day public pass and they have various routes mapped out for your pleasure.

Enjoy.

Below an example bike route, should you choose:

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Aneka Rasa – Great Rijstafel

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FINALLY. After mostly trying to avoid Rijstafel in Amsterdam due to it’s general overhyped thus overpriced status I can happily say I’ve found a GREAT Indonesia place in Amsterdam. It’s right in the middle of town very near the central station and around the corner from the Red-Light District. I actually avoided going to the place for every because of it’s location.

Rijstafel(RT for short) is basically a buffet of Indonesian food. To compare at most places in the city I found RT to cost between 25€-40€ and everyone at the table had to order it, and you get 6 or 7 small dishes. Here’s the base RT is just under €20 and you get 8 dishes. Also I find the flavors to be better and the peanut sauce actually spicy for once. So this get’s my stamp of approval. To complete it they also had the beer from one of my favorite breweries in the country, so it’s hard for me not to love this place.

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Dam Square

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Dam Square, Amsterdam, Unknown, Unknown

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Dam Square, Amsterdam, Unknown, Unknown
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Restaurant Week – 5-15 March

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Restaurant week happens every year where it gives and chance for people to dine at fine dinning places with out totally blowing their budget. You can get a 3- course meal for as little as €27,50 (lunch from €22,50).

Follow the link here to see which restaurants take part in this festival and which still have spaces and what’s on offer.

Sadly only a few days left to enjoy this great deal but hope you find something to your liking!

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Dam Square, Amsterdam, Unknown, Unknown

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Dam Square, Amsterdam, Unknown, Unknown
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Museum Square (plein) – Three top Museums

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It’s easy to think of Amsterdam as the city of sex and drug, but did you know it has more museums per capita than any other city? 55 to be exact! Many you’ve never conceived of (catboat museum, condom museum) but some you’re, I’m sure, dying to get inside!

The Rijksmusuem – National gallery – is where you’ll find the likes of people like Rembrandt and Vermeer. ‘The Night’s watch” being the one you came for, but as you walk up to it, be sure to admire all the fantastic works along the way. There is a LOT to take in at this museum and one can easily spend hours there. I’d give yourself at least three hours if you really want to make a dent.

Van Gogh museum is the largest collections of VG’s in the world. You won’t need as much time in the Van Gogh museum (unless of course you are a real enthusiast) but give yourself about 90 mins. I recommend going on Friday nights when it’s open late, then you also get live music or DJs who play from 7-9 and the full collection is open to the public.

The most under rated museum at the big square is the Stedilijk, which is our contemporary art museum. If the older stuff is not really your style give this one a go for the more modern styles and approaches.

Unfortunately there are no student discounts at museums. If you are going to be in the Netherlands for a while and have a chance to take in several museums then I recommend the museum card, which can be purchased at many locations and museums across the city. It’s a big price (55euro) but if you are planning to go to many museums it becomes worth it. Also, it’s valid for a year for nearly 400 museums and exhibitions throughout the country. Rijksmuseum is currently 17,50; VG is 15 for now I head it is also going up to 17,50 and most other museums come in at around 10 euro. It quickly becomes worth it.

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Dam Square, Amsterdam, Unknown, Unknown

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Dam Square, Amsterdam, Unknown, Unknown
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