Having left the hostel pretty early (around 10am), I mapped out a route in my head so I could see all the sights I wanted to including Rembrandt Square, a couple of gardens, some chapels/churches and Anne Frank’s house.
Turns out my sense of direction is terrible, either that or the signs in Amsterdam are wrong. I’m siding with the latter. I searched everywhere for the first church on my map and came across a fantastic looking building, turns out it was actually a cafe!
Then I decided, against better judgement, to find the second place on my list; Rembrandt Square. From what I remembered, it was in the south east of the city so I thought I would make my way there. Once again, I got lost, this time though because I thought I knew better than the given directions. Instead of finding said Square, I came across the “I Amsterdam” sign which was swarming with tourists so I thought I would leave them to it and carry on my merry way.
In the end I did eventually find the destination, although I passed a few more interesting finds on the way; The Old Jewish Quarter and a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust and the Jewish workers strike of 1941 which was all a bit emotional trying to understand the pain these people must have suffered. Turns out Rembrandt Square is also flooded with tourists so I thought I’d make my way to the house of Anne Frank. I expected to get lost trying to find this as even on the maps it was incredibly confusing! Normally I would’ve looked online but as my data is not covered in Holland, this is a no go. While trying to search the west of the city, the heavens opened and I only had a hoodie on so I swiftly made my way to shelter. This shelter turned out to be a burger restaurant virtually opposite my hostel (I’m good at finding my hostel at least).
Having eaten my fair share of food, I came back to the hostel for a lie down and to take off my boots, only to discover the development of a nice little blister. This walking thing is probably going to be the end of me.