Day 2 in Amsterdam was a tad bit busier than our first day. I had two activities planned: a canal tour and a trip to the Van Gogh museum. In my opinion if you have the time, both are a must. We asked for an early wake-up call. And the hotel actually managed to call at the correct time. The previous day they didn’t fulfill the request at all. I rolled over, answered the phone, and then promptly fell back asleep. Oops. Thanks goodness our activities didn’t have a specific time.
After waking up and having a cup of tea we were off to find the starting point of the canal tour.
When I picked up the tickets for the tour at the main office I was told, “The next boat leaves in three minutes.” Thank goodness the boat was right outside or we wouldn’t have made it. As we boarded the boat I noticed something. It was full. There were a few seats available, however it was like I was back in a high school cafeteria. Everyone spread out and claimed their space. The mean tourists didn’t want to share with us. I had a chuckle and headed for the back of the boat. I wanted to take photos and the inside of the boat had glass windows. Several other people were forced into the back of the boat. It was chilly, but not too bad. The only thing I disliked about being in the back was that I couldn’t hear the guide speak. So I snapped photos but didn’t really know what I was looking at. However, the scenery was stunning so I didn’t mind too much.
Halfway through the tour, the mean tourists who didn’t want to share a table with us started making their way to the back of the boat to take photos. I did my best to get out of their way to allow them a few shots. One tourist was super annoying though. She decided to push a few of us out of the way completely for the rest of the trip. There wasn’t a lot of space where we were standing so I did my best to stand my ground. This seemed to annoy her. However there wasn’t much I could do. There was no place for me to go. She didn’t want to share in the beginning and now she wanted me to make room for her. I tried to be easygoing but it did irk me some.
After the tour we made our way to the Van Gogh museum. I had paid for our tickets online and this was supposed to get us in quicker. However, it was Easter Sunday. Lots of people wanted to see the exhibit. The poor gals in the front of the line had to inform all of us that even if we already had tickets we had to wait in line. One gentleman started ranting and raving about wanting a refund. I shrugged and got in the queue. It wasn’t their fault it was so crowded. Once inside I was amazed by how respectful everyone was. There was a wait to see each piece, but for the most part everyone did their best to ensure everyone could get a good look. No pushing or shoving. Unfortunately no photographs are allowed. If you are in the area, I highly recommend seeing this exhibit.
Afterwards we needed nourishment and stopped here.
The walk back to area where we were staying was beautiful.
It was a great day. Next week I’ll discuss our third and last day.