I just came back from my first vacay in Amsterdam!
I really enjoyed the city, mostly because I was visiting a friend who currently lives there. The only downside: it was coooooooold! I guess I'm not used to the level of humidity over there... I was freezing ALL THE TIME! But besides that, I had an amazing time. If you ever go there someday, here are a few tips I want to share with you.
1) Get ready for the weather to change quickly
It can be sunny for an hour, then raining, then windy, then sunny again... So dress in layers!
2) Rent a bike
It's interesting to spend the first (and maybe the second) day sightseeing on foot, especially if your hotel (or the place you're staying in) is in the centre of the city or close by. But after that, I would strongly recommend renting a bike. It gives you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want, and it's an easy and efficient way to move throughout Amsterdam. I found it quite safe (thanks to the network of bike paths) but be sure to inquire about the basic rules of the road, and remember that Dutch bicycles often have a back-pedal brake.
3) Check out the museums
When it comes to museums in Amsterdam, there's something for everyone. There are over fifty museums in Amsterdam, the most popular choices being the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum and Anne Frank House. If you're planning on visiting a lot of them, you might want to get a Amsterdam Holland Pass, an I amsterdam City Card or the Museum card (that can be purchased in selected museums).
4) Take a canal cruise
I know it may sound a little cliché, but a canal cruise is a must if you want to experience the city from another perspective. There are a plenty of cruise operators to choose from in Amsterdam, and you can even buy your ticket in advance. So pick a date and enjoy the ride!
5) Try the poffertjes and the stroopwafels
Both poffertjes and stroopwafels are Dutch treats. Poffertjes looks like small fluffy pancakes usually served with butter and powdered sugar. You can find them freshly prepared on temporary stands in the streets mainly in the colder seasons. On the other hand, stroopwafels are thin waffles cut in two with syrup in the middle. There are small and large versions of this Dutch delicacy sold in the streets and in supermarkets.
6) Make a stop at Café de Jaren
It's a beautiful café with huge windows, a canal-side terrace and a restaurant on the first floor. Their croissants and brownies are delicious!
And now on to the hair products... You didn't think I came back empty handed, did you?! Here's what I brought back with me.
The Giovanni Smooth as Silk conditioner was purchased at Milobi Haircosmetics (Ferdinand Bolstraat 42), the Cantu leave-in in a shop located on Albert Cuypstraat (sorry guys but I didn't write down the name of the place!), and the rest at Suhail Cosmetics (Albert Cuypstraat 221), where you can find brands like Mixed Chicks, Curls, and many more. I would strongly recommend you to stop by this place if you're in the neighbourhood!
Product reviews coming up soon... :)
Til then, take care!