It so happened that I often travel alone. But my trips are never boring. I’ll tell you how I turned my weekend in Amsterdam into a romantic adventure.
Amsterdam is one of the few cities in the world where you want to come back again and again, especially if it left you bright and tender memories. So, during one of the trips to the capital of the Netherlands, I did not know how to spend an evening and did not come up with anything smarter than registering on a local dating site. And I did not regret it. The same day I met in the center of Amsterdam with the charming brown-eyed Spaniard Jose, who worked as a manager in one of the city’s central hotels. Jose was so kind that he postponed all business for tomorrow and offered to show me interesting places in Amsterdam.
First we went to Dam Square to the famous Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. We were lucky that there was not a big queue for tickets and soon, having paid almost 50 euros for two, we were in the realm of twins of famous personalities. We have seen Princess Diana, David Beckham, George Clooney, James Bond, Jennifer Lopez and even Lenin. And they look like alive, because when they have been creating, all real proportions and sizes of their prototypes were kept. Here I made a lot of photos and now I can say that I am personally acquainted with these “stars”. 🙂
Then we walked through the central streets of the city, and Jose brought me to a very touching place – the monument and the house-museum of Anne Frank. Jose told me that the main asset of the museum is the diary of a 13-year-old Jewish girl who died in the Belsen camp shortly before the end of the Second World War. She kept a diary describing the life in the shelter during the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. All this is very eerie and at the same time touching to tears.
Every day, residents and guests of Amsterdam bring flowers to the monument to the girl. We also left our bouquet at the foot of the statue and returned to the railway station area to take a ride on a river tram.
Walking by ship along the numerous canals of Amsterdam with access to the open sea is perhaps one of the most interesting and romantic excursions I have ever had. It costs about 15 euros. During the trip the audio guide in a language convenient for you tells about the history and sights of the city, you observe them in the huge windows of the ship and quietly swaying on the waves.
For example, I found out why under the roofs of many houses in the center of Amsterdam there are huge hooks. It turns out that they have long been used to lift up furniture and other large items through the windows of the house, because narrow ladders are not adapted for this. Although, I must admit, I did not listen to the audio guide very carefully, as I chatted more with my new Spanish friend. Jose was not only a handsome man, but also an interesting companion who never stops to learn and develop. At the time of our acquaintance, he already knew seven or eight foreign languages, including a little Russian.
When we finished boat walk and were already quite hungry, we went to have dinner in a cozy Argentinean restaurant. The food was delicious, and the music was rhythmic and passionate, like real Argentine tango… How much did dinner cost, I don’t know: my companion paid for everything. Over dinner, Jose told me that his family lives in Barcelona and, when his contract in Amsterdam will end, he also plans to return home. After dinner, we spent a long of time walking around the night Amsterdam, enjoying this charming city and each other’s society.
Since then, more than a year has passed, but we keep in touch with Jose: we call up or write to each other. He really returned to Spain, and now he invites me to visit Barcelona, promising an unforgettable tour. Well, perhaps one of the following cities, where I will go to discover new facets of the world, will be an enchanting Barcelona.