Time to balance the books! So far in Amsterdam, I’ve managed to fill two full days of sightseeing and enjoying the sites that Dam has to offer, Day One slightly over at £58 and Day Two £50. Although that only puts me £8 over my budget, the bottom line is that I wouldn’t be achieving what I promised: plus as a student I only have so much to spend!
The IAMsterdam sign may not be in the front and centre of the Museum Quarter, but with the Light Festival for 2018/19 in full swing, Amsterdam has plenty of other selfie-points to offer. Day Three was all about getting into the Christmas spirit in line with the plummeting temperatures.
Day 3: £42
13:00 Ice Skating, Ice*Amsterdam (£10)
With the coldest day of 2018 upon us, a lie in the hotel away from the freezing cold was necessary. We made our way back to the Museum Quarter after catching our eye on the skating rink on Day One. What a treat, nothing says jingle bells more than putting on a hat and scarf and putting some skating boots on! For the £10, you get 2 hours of unlimited skating, though this is un-policed and nobody seemed to bat an eyelid if you stayed on. Complete with a bar and eclectic music, an warm ambience invites you to spend much longer than you’d expect.
Tickets usually do not sell out but be careful with opening times, especially over Christmas the skating rink often closes early or adheres to public holidays.
16:00 Hit the Markets, then the Shops (£0)
Nothing wrong with a bit of window-shopping but if you have any extra cash, why not treat yourself to a new brand? Amsterdam is home to hundreds of stores that you won’t find on the UK high street (my two personal favourites being Subdued & Brandy Melville). I have friends that come to Amsterdam exclusively to shop and wanted to see what all the fuss is about: it’s easy to understand why someone would want unique but trendy clothes at reasonable prices too!
Nearby to Brandy Melville, you’ll find the Flower Markets, although a little bare in Winter, they host plenty of wooden souvenir tulips to give only a glimpse of what Spring and Summer must bring. Conveniently, there’s an ever-healthy McDonalds at one end, perfect for an early, but not so healthy, dinner.
20:00 Back to the Hotel (£5)
After an hours walk to the hotel, we found ourselves celebrating an everlasting happy hour: who says that budgeting means sacrificing everything? Although drinking isn’t a personal priority, especially when saving money, it was a lovely end to the day to unwind in the cashless bar (the drinks seemed free since we didn’t have to pay until check out- great logic?)
Budgeting in the City
£50 £18pp Using a combination of vouchers and secret member price-matching, this 3.5* hotel (with 5* service) costs the same as a hostel, despite advertising at £100 a night!
To Do £10 Entrance fee to the Ice Skating Rink, including skating hire
To Eat: £15 for a McDonalds and snacks from Albert Heijn’s later on in the evening (a 5pm dinner just won’t do until the next day!) Then a pint or two at the hotel bar later on.
By the end of Day 3 we were back on track for budgeting and with only a couple of days left it was lovely to spend the afternoon just wandering around the stores and acting like tourists.
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Wondering what I got upto on my other days in Dam? Find the rest of the posts here: