{Travel Tuesday: Amsterdam}

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{The city flag: by coincidence it is a triple X, the three Saint Andrew's crosses were meant to ward off fire, floods and the black plague}
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{People use to have different signs on their houses, which symbolized their job. I found my sisters!}
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I visited the dutch capital in late November, and I have to admit, I loved it so much. I had mixed feelings when I arrived because as soon as the train door opened, the strong weed smell hit me. People smoking on every single corner, a 16-year-old guy puking next to the picturesque purple sunset, busy streets that needed a serious tidying, me trying not to lose my luggage while looking at the map on my phone. It was hectic. But in the next days, I realised, this city changes radically after sunset. During day, you can explore the city to its fullest, walk along the canals, go to museums, have a free city tour or why not a bike tour. As soon as the sun goes down, everyone goes insane. 

HOW TO GET THERE:
Most people arrive to Amsterdam with an airplane, but because I bought super cheap tickets to Brussels, I decided to take Flixbus. It takes less than 3 hours, and if you book it on time, you can find reasonable priced tickets. I payed around 30 euros for return ticket.

WHERE TO SLEEP:
I kind of screwed up on the sleeping department because I kept on postponing the booking. I wanted to go with Couchsurfing, but only guys would respond and since I was traveling alone, I didn't want to take the risk. So I stayed at Generator Hostel which was quite expensive since it was also weekend. For 100 euros/ 2 nights I didn't get breakfast, towels, padlocks and I had to pay for leaving my bag there for a few hours after I checked out. But it was the nicest place I ever stayed at, really comfy and clean. Also, at night there were big parties and in the rooms you couldn't hear anything. I could sleep like a baby!

WHAT TO SEE:
Well, there are so many amazing places you can visit in Amsterdam! I am only gonna tell you about the ones I managed to tick off my list, but hopefully will get the chance to go back and visit everything!
1. Van Gogh Museum: This was on the top of my list, but to be honest, I was a tiny bit disappointed. The ticket was around 17 euros, and only a few of his famous paintings were exposed. 
2. Free walking tour - whenever I am in a city alone, I go to a free walking tour because it is the best way to meet other people and explore the city. I went with Sandemans, and there are so many amazing tours like bike tours, red light district tour or alternative Amsterdam tour, which I really wanted to go to but didn't have time. Maybe next time!!
3. Coffee shop - this is a weird one, I know. I don't do drugs, but that doesn't stop me from entering a coffee shop and see others use it. I honestly saw things I never knew existed or only saw it in movies, I also saw a 70 year old guy fell off a bar chair because he was stoned, haha. 
4. Iamsterdam sign at the Rijksmuseum - Didn't have time for the museum, and honestly there were so many people at the sign, I didn't get a proper photo, haha. But if you go in winter time, you can borrow skates and go ice skating! 
If you have more time you can visit the Anne Frank house (be sure to book the ticket in advance!), Vondelpark or if you are interested in science/microbiology you can find the only Microbe museum in the world here: Micropia! 

WHERE TO EAT:
I met two girls, and we were craving Mexican food, so we went to El Vino Restaurant. It was sooooo yummmmy, best Mexican food I ate!! If you want to grab a morning coffee, I suggest you go to the 't Hotel and grab a coffee, it costs less than a Starbucks and the place is so instagrammable! But also, if you go with a friend/bf you can check out this place as your place to stay as well, saw their rooms look so unique!

Hope you enjoyed this blogpost! Next week I will move to Turkey, don't forget to follow me on Instagram @saci_cfc (or follow #myturkishdiary) to see more pictures!



Have an amazing week!
xoxo,
Saci

{Travel Tuesday: Amsterdam}

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{The city flag: by coincidence it is a triple X, the three Saint Andrew's crosses were meant to ward off fire, floods and the black plague}
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{People use to have different signs on their houses, which symbolized their job. I found my sisters!}
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I visited the dutch capital in late November, and I have to admit, I loved it so much. I had mixed feelings when I arrived because as soon as the train door opened, the strong weed smell hit me. People smoking on every single corner, a 16-year-old guy puking next to the picturesque purple sunset, busy streets that needed a serious tidying, me trying not to lose my luggage while looking at the map on my phone. It was hectic. But in the next days, I realised, this city changes radically after sunset. During day, you can explore the city to its fullest, walk along the canals, go to museums, have a free city tour or why not a bike tour. As soon as the sun goes down, everyone goes insane. 

HOW TO GET THERE:
Most people arrive to Amsterdam with an airplane, but because I bought super cheap tickets to Brussels, I decided to take Flixbus. It takes less than 3 hours, and if you book it on time, you can find reasonable priced tickets. I payed around 30 euros for return ticket.

WHERE TO SLEEP:
I kind of screwed up on the sleeping department because I kept on postponing the booking. I wanted to go with Couchsurfing, but only guys would respond and since I was traveling alone, I didn't want to take the risk. So I stayed at Generator Hostel which was quite expensive since it was also weekend. For 100 euros/ 2 nights I didn't get breakfast, towels, padlocks and I had to pay for leaving my bag there for a few hours after I checked out. But it was the nicest place I ever stayed at, really comfy and clean. Also, at night there were big parties and in the rooms you couldn't hear anything. I could sleep like a baby!

WHAT TO SEE:
Well, there are so many amazing places you can visit in Amsterdam! I am only gonna tell you about the ones I managed to tick off my list, but hopefully will get the chance to go back and visit everything!
1. Van Gogh Museum: This was on the top of my list, but to be honest, I was a tiny bit disappointed. The ticket was around 17 euros, and only a few of his famous paintings were exposed. 
2. Free walking tour - whenever I am in a city alone, I go to a free walking tour because it is the best way to meet other people and explore the city. I went with Sandemans, and there are so many amazing tours like bike tours, red light district tour or alternative Amsterdam tour, which I really wanted to go to but didn't have time. Maybe next time!!
3. Coffee shop - this is a weird one, I know. I don't do drugs, but that doesn't stop me from entering a coffee shop and see others use it. I honestly saw things I never knew existed or only saw it in movies, I also saw a 70 year old guy fell off a bar chair because he was stoned, haha. 
4. Iamsterdam sign at the Rijksmuseum - Didn't have time for the museum, and honestly there were so many people at the sign, I didn't get a proper photo, haha. But if you go in winter time, you can borrow skates and go ice skating! 
If you have more time you can visit the Anne Frank house (be sure to book the ticket in advance!), Vondelpark or if you are interested in science/microbiology you can find the only Microbe museum in the world here: Micropia! 

WHERE TO EAT:
I met two girls, and we were craving Mexican food, so we went to El Vino Restaurant. It was sooooo yummmmy, best Mexican food I ate!! If you want to grab a morning coffee, I suggest you go to the 't Hotel and grab a coffee, it costs less than a Starbucks and the place is so instagrammable! But also, if you go with a friend/bf you can check out this place as your place to stay as well, saw their rooms look so unique!

Hope you enjoyed this blogpost! Next week I will move to Turkey, don't forget to follow me on Instagram @saci_cfc (or follow #myturkishdiary) to see more pictures!



Have an amazing week!
xoxo,
Saci

{ Travel Tuesday:Ghent – Bruges – Ostend }

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Hey everyone! I am back with another Travel Tuesday post, this time showing you three cities! If you ever visit Belgium and have a spare day, just hop on the train and visit these places, they are so worth it! So first stop was Ghent. I didn't expect to be overwhelmed, but since we had time, why not take a nice walk in this city as well? I loved the vibe of this city so much, clean streets, so cozy and cute. I could totally imagine myself living there, taking the bike to work, buying groceries and surprising myself with a bouquet of flowers, hehe. 


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It wasn't my first time in Bruges, I visited this amazing city almost ten years ago. But now, being addicted to pretty doors, I had to stop every second. The doors, the cute cafes, the bikes. Gosh, it's like a dream. Everywhere you look, you see pretty details. I wish I could have spent more time there, but we decided to catch the sunset in Ostend, so after a few hours we left.

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We were already so tired, but we wanted to see the sea. I knew it would be cold, but that wind, was so strong I had to work hard to move forward. But gotta say, it was worth the effort. Seen one of the nicest sunsets. Small tip that we didn't know: if you travel in Belgium with train, there is an option for students under 26, and you can buy your ticket back way cheaper. It's only worth it if you go somewhere more far away, because the price is always the same. 


Have an amazing week!
xoxo,
Saci