Amsterdam like a local

 This weekend we went to Amsterdam. Lolo's sister is here for the week and she had never been there, so we decided to show her around and discover this city a little more. This time we rented some bikes to be able to see as much as possible in the limited amount of time we had. And also having the kids in the bike seat is so much easier than walking around with them. I think this time on my bike I really understood this city. There are so many interesting neighbourhoods and things to see, shops, restaurants, parks, sights, canals and this city is really made for biking around It is a way of life, not just a bike ride for fun. People go to work, drive their babies around, go to school, transport tables and chairs, go to the park, to the gym and go grocery shopping on their bike. It is cool, although needless to say it really hurt my behind - a whole day on the bike. We had lunch at Foodhallen - an indoor foodmarket (as you see them in most big cities these days) with lots of choice in international food. I ate a Poke Bowl for the first time, mmm so good! And steamed buns with crispy soft shell crab and a burger, and ice cream and there was so much more we wanted to taste but you have to stop at some point. After lunch we went for a ride at Vondelpark, such a good park. There is really an outside culture here, parties with festive decoration everywhere, barbecues, kids running around or couples with a blanket and a bottle of wine, just chilling, people running or rollerscating or just walking with friends. In the late afternoon we checked out the area of the 'Negen Straatjes' and the Jordaan, where we had a beer at a real authentic Dutch Caf√© filled with loud locals. 
We biked to the hotel (at Sloterdijk) through another beautiful park (Westergaspark) and went for dinner at a local favourite called 'Buurman & Buurman' far away from the tourist crowds and we had a nice organic pizza on the terrace. Perfect end of the day!


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