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A Short Guide to Have A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam

A Short Guide to Have A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam

Most of the people might think that they need to save lots of money and take a lot of vacation days to make a trip to Europe, specifically to Amsterdam. Well, you just need to know the essentials and let your adventurer spirit out to enjoy this beautiful city.

While traveling through the old continent, you have to make some space in your schedule for Amsterdam, even if it’s just a pair of days. Yes! You can see a lot of things in Amsterdam in only two or three days! How? here are some suggestions on how to spend a great weekend in one of the most beautiful European cities.

Accommodation Options

First, make sure to book at least two nights in an Amsterdam hotel, there are a lot of hotel options, or even better, you can stay at a Botel! Yes, boats tied to the dock that actually have hotel service! This is a very economic option if you are a backpacker or want to spend a little money. You can find some Amsterdam botels on the web and book a room, or rather a cabin, for you and your companion. And usually, these botels include free breakfast!

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Just take in mind that it is a boat, so the rooms are kind of small and you sleep in bunk beds. So if you are staying more than two nights, it’s more recommendable to book a normal hotel.

Hot Spots

But let’s talk about our main topic, how to make the most of Amsterdam in two days. So okay, a pair of days, it’s not a lot of time, and you will want to go to the most iconic and representative places of the Dutch capital. On day one, you can go to Dam Square, where people gather to admire some National monuments that surround the area, as well as the Amsterdam Central Train Station. Also, near from there, you can visit Madame Tussaud museum, one of the world’s most important wax museums.

Take A Boat Tour

Next, you can take a boat ride through the Amsterdam canals, there’s even a transportation system called hop-in-hop-off, where boats take you to your destination as they tell you the most relevant information of the city. When you see these waterways, you will know why Amsterdam is called the Venice of the North.

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Take one of these boats to Rijksmuseum, an arts and history museum where you can take your picture at the “IAmsterdam” letters, it’s a must! And now that we are in the museums topic, very near from it there’s also the Van Gogh museum, where you can see the most beautiful paintings of this artist.

    For a night out…

    When night comes, Red Light District is the perfect place to stop by. With its multiple bars, coffee shops, and music, here is where you wanna be after a long day. Amsterdamers love to party, so if you want to stay up all night, here is your perfect spot.

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    Add Some Culture to Your Trip

    On day two, you can visit Anne Frank’s house, where you’ll have a look to the place where Anne and her jewish family hid for 2 years and a half because of the Holocaust.

    Here’s a tip: book your ticket online so you don’t have to wait in long lines. And later on, you can take a walk through the beautiful streets, just remember that Amsterdam is a cyclist city so be aware of bikers! They are everywhere, but they have their own lane so just make sure you don’t invade it.

    Cheers and Bon Appetite!

    After a good meal, you can end your day going to the Heineken Experience at the brewery of this worldwide-known beer, where you can have the chance to make some of it, and of course, taste it too! What about cooking? Cooking Workshop Amsterdam offers you the opportunity to learn how to cook European cuisine with a professional chef!

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      So, here you have some good options if you don’t have much time (or money) to visit Amsterdam, you still will have enough time to capture its essence and leave a part of your heart with it!

      Featured photo credit: Adrian L. via instagram.com

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      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

      1. Exercise Daily

      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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      If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

      The basic nutritional advice includes:

      • Eat unprocessed foods
      • Eat more veggies
      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

        5. Watch Out for Travel

        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

        6. Start Slow

        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

        Final Thoughts

        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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