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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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      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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