I spent the other weekend running around Amsterdam with Shoshannah, Amber and the STA Travel Insider crew. If you haven’t already, check out the videos from the weekend in the YouTube playlist below. They’re a lot of fun!

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Instagramming Amsterdam

Amsterdam came as a bit of a shock to me. I was expecting it to be a city full of drugs and sex, but it turns out it’s just a pretty awesome city. And way more beautiful than I was expecting. You hear about Amsterdam and its canals all the time, but wandering through the Jordaan neighborhood, it finally sinks in. This is a gorgeous city. I tried to capture that beauty on Instagram. Check out my favorite travel Instagram photos from the weekend below. And if you’ve got your own Instagram photos to share, join in on Skimbaco’s weekly Instagram Travel Thursday! Details at the end.

Amsterdam canal
Yup, this is what Amsterdam looks like
Cookie in Amsterdam
I had my own little food tour while in Amsterdam, sampling as much Dutch food as I could get my hands on!
The Spuistraat street is full of former squat houses and graffiti. We rented bikes at the nearby Yellow Bike rental shop.
The Spuistraat street is full of former squat houses and graffiti. We rented bikes at the nearby Yellow Bike rental shop.
apple pie amsterdam
Thanks to a tip from a local, I made my way to Cafe Papeneiland which is famous for its apple pie. SO YUMMY!
De Pijp
With Shoshannah, we explored the Albert Cuyp market and just generally had an awesome time in the De Pijp (The Pipe) neighborhood of Amsterdam
Red Light District
Amsterdam’s Red Light District was not at all what I was expecting. I thought it’d be more seedier than it was. It was crowded on a weekend night full of tourists and crowds overflowing from bars — all intermixed between windows with mostly naked woman standing under red lights. Bizarre but I’m glad I saw it.
STA Travel Amsterdam
Much of my weekend in Amsterdam was spent staring into cameras like this one. Fun experience!
Cycling in Amsterdam
One of the best things I did in Amsterdam was rent a bike and ride over to the De Pijp neighborhood.
The Jordaan neighborhood of Amsterdam was one of the prettiest — old row houses, canals and buildings covered in street art and graffiti.
STA Travel Amsterdam
More wandering through the Jordaan and De Pijp neighborhoods where we spotted cool antique shops and other quirky buildings

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