Leaving Poland behind wasn’t as easy I thought it would be; before I left India, my itinerary was clear in my mind – two days each in Lithuania and Poland, two-and-a-half in Amsterdam. Clear-cut, set, possible.
Well, turns out I fell in love with Poland quite crazily. Still, I made it to the airport in Krakow, about 30 minutes from my hotel, after waking up just over an hour before my ﬂight. Panic mode on, I ﬂed the scene and barely made it in time for my ﬂight.
Two-and-a-half hours later, I landed in Amsterdam, and immediately lost visual consciousness. I live by the adage “too much of a good thing is bad for you” and I truly believe you’ll hurt your eyes if you stare at Amsterdam too long.
A photographer friend once told me that Amsterdam is one of those places where you’ll come back with professional-looking photographs even if you point your camera without looking. He never told me he was serious, but I rather wish he had.If you don’t believe me, check out how I had my breath taken away by the view right outside my hotel!
Once I was done unpacking, I decided to head to the city centre. Exploring the area around Stadhouderskade, I walked around aimlessly, taking in Amsterdam’s beauty, which resides almost entirely with its many, many canals.
This is where the connection with Venice becomes a little more apparent. While the entire city doesn’t commute by way of river, the canals help connect one end of the city seamlessly with the other.
Sometimes, canals serve as landmarks for different squares or hubs, in which case you can hop on over to your nearest canal and get yourself a seat on the next boat to your destination. It’s quite an intricate system, if you think about it.
Amsterdam, for me, wasn’t about the ‘tourist-y’ things; it wasn’t about visiting museums, it wasn’t about ﬁne dining, nor was it about taking guided tours about the city.
I whisked myself wherever the wind blew, never sitting down for more than half an hour at a time. But you know what? That didn’t dull Amsterdam for me, I never once felt the need to slow down.
Which, I think, is the ultimate itinerary for the city–a blank piece of paper and your wandering eye.
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