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    Amsterdam: An Unforgettable Vacation


    What’s the use of vacations? For sure, there are several creative and not-so-creative ways to answer this question. For some, a vacation is probably good for things like unwinding. Surely after months of pleasing your boss and ticking items off your to-do list at work, you deserve some time for yourself. Poof. Away you go on vacation.

    For others, a vacation might be good for nursing a broken heart. You see it in movies, you see it with your friends. Heck, you probably even have your own experience of it in your own life. Being on vacation somehow has this ability to show you that there is a bigger world out there, beyond your ex and the things you used to do.

    And still, for others, a vacation is simply a time to have the most unforgettable adventure. It’s the perfect time to begin making a Bucket List instead of a to-do list, where you can finally start testing and challenging your own limits. Whether it’s about conquering your fear of heights or your fear of the stage, a vacation would be a great time for all that.

    The next question, of course, is which destination would be the perfect match for anyone who desires an adventure.

    The answer, dear, is Amsterdam.

    Faralda Crane Hotel
    Faralda Crane Hotel

    Bungee Jumping. Now this is one extreme adventure that’s surely one for the books. If you think you can handle it, then head on over to the Faralda Crane Hotel. The first thing that you can do here is to have your fill of an amazing view from the top for about thirty minutes, fifty meters above the ground. Then, in a feet-first position, you get to have the time of your life, swinging on the way down. Obviously, this is better than having it head-first, with all the pressure that goes to your head if you do it that way.

    Ride your bike for thirty minutes on the way to Ouderkerk aan de Amstel. This sounds a lot like you need to do some warm-up exercises for your legs, especially in terms of endurance. Still, a bike ride of thirty minutes would be virtually nothing compared to the view that awaits you there. This picturesque village is one that will literally take your breath away, precisely because it has managed to retain its country-like and peaceful identity, despite the developments that are occurring around it. When you visit, be sure to drop by the restaurant, Jaimie van Heije (no regrets).

    The raw herring experience
    The raw herring experience

    Party past dawn at a club. Before anything else, there’s something you need to know about Amsterdam: the city actually has a Night Mayor (yup, this is a legitimate and existent position). Now, thanks to this Night Mayor, the City has become home to some of the world’s longest-running parties, going for as long as 24 hours. For these parties, it’s best if you anticipate lots of beer (Dutch beer is excellent), interaction with the locals (Amsterdam’s locals are known for diversity), and great food.

    Try the raw herring. And this does not mean try it practically anywhere. The raw herring experience that matters is one that you have from a food truck. Now that would be the total package. Sure, you might be worried about food allergies and stuff, but you can worry about that later. Maybe. (Tip: for the freshest offerings, aim to visit in the months of June or July.)

    Experience humor at Boom Chicago. If your everyday life consists of dry conversations and empty routine, then maybe spending time at Boom Chicago will help rouse your inner funny person back to life. Boom Chicago is the place to be when all you want to witness is a lot of improv comedy and a night of stories. Definitely an experience that you won’t forget.

    So, the next best thing to do would be to bring out that notepad and begin jotting these items down on your bucket list. Of course, the first thing that should be there is: VISIT AMSTERDAM. The rest, as they say, is history.

     

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