This is a much delayed trip report, of a visit that I made in May 2013. I thought a lot about posting it or not, but I think my experience could be useful for those who plan a future trip, so here it is:
I spent 5 beautiful days in Netherlands, as a solo female traveler, between May 13 and May 17, 2013.
I flew KLM to/from Schipol and was based in Amsterdam, at Hotel DiAnn, that I choose for its location, 3 min walking from Dam Square. I posted a separate review here:
It was a splendid trip, even if the weather was bad most of the time, with rain, wind and low temperatures. But even the weather could not spoil the joy of discovering a country. I am a child of the sun, and I am usually attracted by the Mediterranean area; that’s why I postponed many years my visit to the Netherlands. But now, when I discovered it, I will return, for sure.
I will return first for the atmosphere: every place I went had it, all those traditional buildings and canals, that made even a so important city as Amsterdam look friendly and somehow familiar, the fact that streets are practically traffic free because of the dedication of the Dutch to the bicycle, the flowers, the cleanliness… everything was so beautiful.
I will return also for the people: all so friendly and smiling, and helpful… I was afraid I will be lost since my ability not only to pronounce but even to remember some of the very complicated Dutch names of streets is practically null. But I was surprised to discover that everyone seemed to speak perfect English and they were willing to stop for minutes to help. Never in my whole trip did I see an angry face, no one refused me – be it for taking me photos or giving directions, or any other explanation. This report is intended as a big thank you to all the people I’ve met – they all made my trip beautiful.
Since there are many things to tell, I will split my report in a separate post for each day, to make it more manageable. And because I tend to write very long reports it might take me several days to complete it all. Please excuse the (probable errors) in spelling Dutch names and if my text is sometimes strange keep in mind that I am not a native English speaker.
Last, but not least, thanks to the contributors on the Amsterdam forum that helped me to prepare my short but very dense trip, not only by answering my direct questions but also by posting a lot of very useful information on the forum.