So, today I’m bringing you a different post.
In March, me and some friends went on a trip to celebrate the fact that we’re ending high school, something that’s pretty common in Portugal. Most people go to places like Punta Úmbria or Punta Cana to drink lots of alcohol but we decided to do something different. Among all the cities in Europe we wanted to visit, Amsterdam seemed to be the most interesting one. And oh boy was it fun.
The first thing we had to decide was ‘Where will we stay?’. Thankfully, some of my friends’ friends made a trip similar to ours in their senior year, so we asked them. They recommended Ecomama, a quirky hostel. After seeing some pictures, we decided that was going to be it.
So, when we arrived on the 22nd, we went directly to Ecomama. And holy cow, it’s so great.
First of all, the room we stayed in was amazing (take note, it was room 11). The view was fantastic.
We were so close to the water we had little ducks coming near us. At the time, I was reading Jane Eyre, so I made a little nook for me to read during the night (two benches on top of each other… iIt wasn’t stable, but at least I could see the water. It was peaceful.). But that wasn’t my only reading spot. You see, Ecomama has great common areas. There’s the kitchen, the bathrooms, the ‘library’ and, my favorite, the tent.
Reading in that spot is amazing, it’s as cozy as it seems. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting such a bookish town. Heck, even the hostel’s stairs had books.
Also, the common areas in this place? Absolutely amazing. No one steals food from the kitchen, everything’s well lit and there’s no smoke whatsoever, which means that the hostel smells lovely. Something that’s also lovely about the hostel is the staff. Everyone was really nice and answered all of our questions (even the dumb ones!).
After a good night’s sleep (and a trip to the supermarket), we visited Rijksmuseum. It has beautiful paintings and beautiful statues and it’s a really big museum but that’s not the point. The library’s the point.
Tell me that doesn’t look like it’s in Hogwarts. I dare you.
We also visited Stedelijk that day, which was fun (until we were evacuated). It taught me how Modern Art works, and I love it ever since that day.
The next day, we were on our way to Body Worlds when we found the cutest little shop called Les Petites Puces. Everything in that place was adorable and I wanted to buy everything. Sadly, my wallet didn’t agree with me.
Body Worlds was eye opening, it’s odd to see how we actually look on the inside.
The next day we visited the newer side of the city. We went to NEMO, a science museum, which was really fun. There was a cork board in which people left notes and we found some Portuguese ones, it’s weird how we can find each other no matter where we are. Also, the message said ‘Ana, quando vieres a este museu, espero que não faças metade das merdas que o teu irmão mais velho fez.’, which we thought was beautiful and wholesome.
Given that the local library was nearby, of course we had to go and see it. And man, it’s really beautiful.
In total, it has eight floors. Yes, EIGHT. And do you see that part with the curved bookcases? That’s the kid’s section. It’s so adorable. But the thing I loved the most about this library was the way they identify books.
I don’t know how books are organized where you live but, in Portugal, when we pick a book up, we only know whether it’s erotica or not. Or if it’s a graphic novel. This library, though, has a tagging system in which the little doodles let us know the genre of the book we’re picking up. Pretty neat!
And that’s our trip in a nutshell. I’m going to miss that city. Well, I already do. But the thing I’m going to miss the most are those who came with me. Our laughter, our inside jokes, the cereal, everything. In a certain way, I guess I already do.
Love you guys.