King’s Day Amsterdam 2017

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Was great to finally get to King’s Day Amsterdam 2017. Ever since it was recommended on one of my first trips, back in December 2015, I knew I had to experience it at least once. And it lived up to the expectation. Basically everyone does wear orange, drink, party and whatever else in the street. Across the whole city.

Partying with Dortmund people

Again I left in the early hours from Frankfurt (with Studifahrten). As usual the journey was about 6 hours – we travelled through Nordrhein-Westfalen and had some pickups there.

Arriving early at the Heineken Experience, at first I stayed with the guy next to me on the bus, an Iraqi. It was just his second visit to the city, so he was happy to walk closer to the centre and see some landmarks on the way. And of course we passed several people selling random stuff in the street – on this day only there is no tax on what you sell, so that morning Amsterdam was basically a huge street market.

As the day went on, the party built up. Of course, after not too long, some people began to need a bit of help…

Bridge over a gracht, next best thing to going round on a boat

Later I met some ‘old’ friends at Nieuwmarkt. All Germans, who were helpers with Erasmus Student Network Dortmund, some with whom I’d even been on trips before. Not only was it great to once more party and generally enjoy life with them (along with the rest of the city), I promised to go back to Dortmund soon and…well, see it’s still there.

More street partying

After the bus journey back, (of course a lot quieter than the way there), I was back in Frankfurt in the early hours of the 28th. A short train journey later and I was back in Wiesbaden. Though tired, hungry and couldn’t wait for the shower, I still felt a buzz after a trip like that: I was back. To everything exactly as it was before I left. Did I really do that? Did that really happen? Though it seemingly came and went in no time, I now had another thing I’d been hoping to do for a while. And it was worth it.

Tools & Tips

If you read my last post, you’ll see I recommended Studifahrten. Even better is, it turns out you don’t need to be a student to travel with Studifahrten. Just as long as you’re in the 18-35 age range.

For sleeping on long journeys, neck rests are great. Standard ones are available all over, like in airports and stations etc. An alternative is Trtl, who are based in Scotland too. Though most organisations allow you to take and leave things like pillows on the bus, they can be annoying to carry and take up a lot of space. So I’ve found taking just a pillow case and sticking something underneath (e.g. a  sweater) also works. Good enough for a few hours sleep if nothing else anyway.

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