This is from a series originally posted on my original blog: Seefahrer Thayer. While I don't recommend it, you can view the original posts here. Because the content had value and useful tips I've decided to repost them here, however, they've since been heavily edited and updated.
Now it's so slow, so slow.
Okay, so the original plan for the weekend was to go on a solo trip somewhere... Vienna and Salzburg, Budapest, Slovenia, or Slovakia... didn't happen.
My roommate Semaj really wanted to go to Amsterdam, and her usual travel buddies weren't feeling it, so I decided to go back with her. Absolutely no regrets. We got to do a lot of things I didn't get to do last time, for whatever reason. But before I get into that... lemme tell you a little something about German trains.
I had always heard how fabulous German trains are. How they're always on time, and perfect in every way, shape, and form. Well Since arriving in Europe close to two months ago, I've been forced to sit on the floor of two trains due to lack of space. Those same two trains proceeded to break down, both resulting in a minimum of 1.5 hour delay. Wanna guess what country of origin they were? That's right. German. (But I bet those were American-made).
So yeah, we sat on the floor. And drank with Germans. By the end of the 6-hour long ride (originally supposed to be a 4.5-hour ride), we had killed a bottle of wine and half a bottle of vodka. Of course most of that was split between Travis, Paul, Rachel and the Germans. I mostly just encouraged.
That's the first part of the story. But as some may have realized, the problem with one train being late is that it has a ripple effect. Because we got to Düsseldorf an hour and a half late, we couldn't get a train to Amsterdam until 4:00 the next morning. Soooooo we camped out in the train station. Luckily there were 10 of us, so security wasn't as big of an issue as it would've been if I were alone or Semaj and I had gone alone. Plus we had originally planned on camping out in the park outside our hotel instead of booking a room to sleep in for just a few hours.
So everything would've been fine if it weren't for this undead woman out of her mind on god knows what. She literally stumbled around like a zombie, walked through the front doors of the station, then stopped right in front of us and stared for like a minute, before limping away. Luckily I was against the wall and between two huge potted plants and Daniel sleeping right next to me, but everyone else would've been zombie lunch...
Semaj stayed up all night keeping an eye out, but I really wasn't that worried. I don't think we'd have trouble. We were all finally waking up to get on the 4:00 train when all of a sudden this drunk homeless guy decided he was going to come sit right down next to us, so we immediately sprang up and gathered our belongings and went upstairs for the train. We passed the zombie drug lady, who spent the next five minutes bent at the waist half attempting to tie her shoe... and who then followed us up the escalator. It was a relatively terrifying night, to be honest.
So we finally get to Amsterdam around 9:00 the next morning- approximately 9.5 hours later than originally intended. We walk around for a bit, tour the city, get some breakfast, go to the Red Light District, then find our hotel and crash for about 3.5 hours before going out again.
We went to the Van Gogh museum- which was fantastic. I actually didn't get any pictures whatsoever, but Semaj did and they're on Facebook. Overall it was a good trip- Rachel and "Mean Paul" (even though he's nice) went their own way, and the rest of us went another, but we all had different ideas of what to do, so the second day after visiting the Maritime Museum (the interior provided below) the girls and guys separated. Semaj, Stephanie and I went to get food, because we were close to strangling each other we were so hungry, exchanged kisses on the cheek for internet passwords, then went shopping. Feels like we didn't really do much, but it was nice just kind of chilling in the city. After we met up with the guys again we hung out in the park by the hotel and just enjoyed the nice weather and sunlight until 22:30 when it finally set.
Nice weekend in Amsterdam. The train coming back (German) was delayed too... but only by 30 minutes.
Definitely looking forward to Prague next weekend- where Cassie is meeting us! This week it's gonna be Semaj, Alex, Leah, Angela and us... should be fun. Either way, it'll be fantastic to see a friendly face.