For those of you who don’t know, badinage is the French word banter. To be honest, I’m not really sure whether I like the word banter but I needed something to alliterate with the word bikes and hey, now you know another French word.
Anyway, more to the point, last weekend we travelled to Amsterdam! It was honestly one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to and I’m so glad I finally got the chance to go. The 9 hour bus journey was definitely worth it. Our hostel (ClinkNOORD) was also the best hostel I have ever rested my head in. It’s a 5 minute ferry ride away from the central station but we hired bikes to fit in with the locals (literally everyone has a bike) which meant we could explore all corners of the city!
We stayed for 4 nights and 3 days and packed it full of fun Dutch things. The various stops on our sight-seeing list were the Anne Frank House, the Heineken experience, the Van Gogh museum and of course the famous I Amsterdam sign in Vondelpark.
All of these are incredible and I couldn’t fault any aspect of them. The Anne Frank House is incredibly moving whilst the Heineken experience provided some light relief in the form of making your own beer.
Of course, you can’t visit the Netherlands without sampling some of their delicious delicacies. Our trip consisted of Oorlog (chips in a cone covered with satay sauce and mayo), Haring (raw herring – slightly questionable), Poffertjes (mini pancakes) & Rijsttafel (Indonesian tapas). Foodie’s paradise.
All in all, Amsterdam is now one of my favourite cities in the world. It’s beautiful and everything that should be so illegal is just so legal, if you know what I’m saying. Can’t recommend it enough!