With Bert, a cool traveler I met in Tokyo a few weeks ago
I’ve never been to Haarlem before but would recommend it. Only 18 minutes by frequent commuter train (€3.90 each way, just like the airport, with free Wi-Fi to boot). Note at Amsterdam Centraal it leaves from platform 1 which is not well signed – you have to go towards the west end of platform 2a to find it.
Lots of budding musicians there, easier vibe, less expensive/touristy but not a late night party town (for those that care)
Waiting in Hamburg Hbf (central train station) at midnight…
30min free Wi-Fi (in theory, it didn’t work and it would have required giving up my mobile#) but I have to pay €1 for the toilet. Really? Am I paying for cleanliness or for the automated gate they installed?
Can’t say I slept that well as the (top) couchette’s cushion was a little thin and 2 inches too short. But way more comfortable than a plane seat! You do get a pillow, sheet and blanket.
Although there were 6 couchettes but only 4 people (I paid €10 extra for a max 4 cabin)
The middle couchette flips down during the day, becoming the backrest for the seats.
1st class sleeper for2 people, which also has its own washbasin.
Amsterdam map from our August trip
Huge painting with new (at the time) light effects. Painting was actually trimmed at one point to fit in a new location. Did you know Rembrandt was his first name?
The museum, with a temporary Henry Moore sculpture, reopened earlier this year after extensive renovations
Nightwatch is hanging in back, to give you a sense of scale…
3 of 12 Van Gogh self portraits at a special exhibition of digitally restored photos (think faded colours) and 3D recreations of 7 pieces
Jordaan, a peaceful neighbourhood a brief walk west of the old town
Fast food too slow? This fast food outlet at the train station also has a vending wall of self serve hot items
Tasty Indian dinner at Koh-i-Noor resto near Anne Frank Huis (which had too long a line as few sights are open in the evening)
Snacks and drinks in the quiet “executive” lounge at our hotel
Will be blogging with photos…