Zaanse Schans, Netherlands (Day Trippin’)

I spent the day in this charming little Dutch village just outside of Amsterdam (about a 10 minute train ride) and had a lot of fun. If you like to be outside, especially when the weather is nice and sunny, then I suggest giving it a shot. Old windmills, canals, beers, chocolates, and of course, the very first Albert Heijn (for those who already know my obsession with Albert Heijn from a previous entry)!!

Also, there is a workshop that demonstrates how the famous Dutch wooden shoes are made. I think it’s time I get a pair! After watching how they are made and seeing all the different styles/designs they come in, I am convinced that these bad boys could give Nike’s “Air Jordans” a run for their money. And at cheaper costs!

In any case, if you have a free day or even a few hours and want a cheap getaway out of the city, then check it out. But remember, don’t feed the animals! And for good reason…

Photo Source (all): Michael Skomsky/myrandomamsterdam


Planning a Day Trip to Edam, Netherlands (Day Trippin’)

I recently decided to plan a small day trip to the town of Edam, Netherlands, which is suppose to be very beautiful. However, I was a little hesitant after I researched what the best route was and looked into the train schedules, etc. Why? Well take a look…

Edam Directions

First and foremost, I have to take the “Bus Mermaid”, whatever that is, I have no idea. Secondly, after I get off of this mythical form of transportation, I must “RUN”! And the kicker is, I need to run for 9 MINUTES! What am I running from? I can only assume that once you step off of the “Bus Mermaid” it is not happy. And because my Dutch language butchering American ass pronounces Edam (EAT-EM), I can only assume I am lunch. So you need to run, run fast, and run far. 9 whole minutes far. So…. I decided that maybe I’d do a little more research before booking that little trip or at least start hitting the gym to build up my stamina to outrun that warlock.