In the first three months living in Europe I had the opportunity to visit a friend from Brazil who has been living in the Netherlands for 3 years. We both had in mind that visiting her would happen someday, but what we were not expecting was that it would be so soon and we were really happy with this.
It was on Easter holiday when all my flat mates made plans and scheduled trips that I began to think what would be my destination. Each one of them going to new places in Europe and until then I had not nothing in mind. Chatting with her, we begin to see tickets and soon everything was planned for going spend 10 days in her town, Rotterdam. Then we just had to handle with the anxiety and flutter to see each other again.
I not only visited Rotterdam, but also Amsterdam, The Hague and other cities nearby. The next day of my arrival we had dinner at a Brazilian steakhouse in The Hague, what was awesome to over with my desire to eat traditional Brazilian food ↓
like beans but called “feijão” in portuguese!
The days were rainy and cloudy, that’s why many days we chose for homemade programs, but that’s not the reason that I left to know every place of the city. Rotterdam is a very modern and famous city for having the largest port in the Europe. As I spent most of the time in Rotterdam is difficult to summarize all my days there, but I could do many things as go shopping, enjoy great food and of course, go out in the nightlife of this modern city, Club Vie.
One of the most memorable days was spending the afternoon in The Hague, a cozy and luxurious town. The cold was predominating, but there was no reason to not going to the beach, watch the rough sea due to wind and the birds in the sand. Difficult task was to choose one of many cozy cafes in the beach. Finally, we chose one with external sofa in front of a fireplace. Comfortable place and magical moment, enjoying a good coffee and of course, a delicious Dutch apple pie. Then, we walked around the city through the small streets and admired the beautiful houses everywhere. When night fell, we enjoyed a good sangria at another cozy cafe/restaurant.
Next trip plan was spending one night in Amsterdam but with a stop before:
Keukenhof, the famous garden of tulips, where are planted more than 7 million flower bulbs each year!
It is only half an hour from Amsterdam. You should go in April and May to see the tulips blooming. It is a unique place and a wonderful and unforgettable experience for people of all ages. Another alternative is to stay in cities close as Leiden and go by bike, riding by the tulip fields on the way, having the chance to admire this typical Dutch landscape.
We spent all day admiring the tulips at Keukenhof and we arrived in Amsterdam in the end of the day, so we went to the hostel to be rested for the next day, knowing it would be a long day of walking and sightseeing in this great city. It was Monday, but the city was crowded of tourists, museums as well. As we had only one day in Amsterdam and we wanted to walk around the city, we chose not waste time on that, so we stroll through the famous canals, enjoyed a wonderful lunch and laid down on the green grass in front of the Amsterdam sign.
→ Back to Rotterdam
I could enjoy my last days in the Netherlands and soon I was on the plane back to Spain and then in the train returning to my city. I was tired and sleepy to have spent a whole day in airports, trains and subways, but definitely pleased for all the experiences and days in wonderful places that I always dreamed of going.