Honeymoon in Amsterdam: Part One

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Leaving the Continent Less Than 24 Hours After You Get Married…

Our wedding went into the wee hours of the morning and by the time we had to get up the next day we had maybe had 3 hours of sleep. We quickly packed up our things, tore down the decor at the wedding venue, said good bye to our family and headed for the airport to fly to Amsterdam.

Leaving Canada hours after our wedding
Leaving Canada hours after our wedding

Let’s just say our flight from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Amsterdam, The Netherlands was the worst flight either one of us have been on. We now have an airline we will try to never fly with again. That aside, touching down in Amsterdam was amazing!

Amsterdam: First City of Our Two Week Trip
Our first time in a Tesla
Our first time in a Tesla

Devon is a huge Elon Musk fan and this was our first opportunity to drive in a Tesla. A test fleet of taxis leaving the airport in Amsterdam are Tesla’s. The country is really focused on being eco-friendly and these cars are fully electric. Just another reason The Netherlands is amazing!

Devon in front of our honeymoon houseboat
Devon in front of our honeymoon houseboat

We decided to splurge a bit and go for a truly unique experience while in Amsterdam so we actually booked a lovely houseboat through Airbnb. It was such a cool experience. You can find the listing for it HERE.

View of our "street"
View of our “street”

It was so nice to wake up with geese and ducks coming to the window to visit.

Our neighbors greeted us several times a day
Our neighbors greeted us several times a day

Straight into it!

We were tempted to take a nap but powered through and went for a walk. We found a cute little cafe and stopped in for a bite to eat. It’s always a bit unnerving when you land in a new country and don’t know the language. Luckily, everyone we encountered spoke English well enough that we could understand each other.

Beautiful view of Amsterdam canal
Beautiful view of Amsterdam canal

Walking around Amsterdam is surreal. The houses are so tall and narrow, the architecture so interesting, and bikes and boats are everywhere.

Amsterdam Hooks
The hooks at the top of most houses were used as a pulley system to get goods up from the streets below as staircases are very narrow.

Our first night was a low key one. I fought with jet lag most of the night and Devon slept through until morning. Devon woke up first and witnessed what felt like the Tour de France happening outside our boat but was in fact a typical commute for people on their bikes.

-Dayna

 

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