I have an uneventful train ride in second class to Amsterdam. Normally I would travel first class with Eurail but there were no seats Eurail seats left on the Amsterdam train, I made my reservations too late. I had to pay 79 Euro and sit in second class, the rest of my train tickets around Europe were 3 euro or less, the 3 euro is a service fee charged by some train lines. We arrived in Amsterdam around 5:45 pm, I got off the train and looked for an information booth to get directions to my hostel. There was nobody working the information booth, I had rough instructions from an email the hostel sent and I went outside and looked for the tram I needed to take to get to the hostel. I asked a couple of people and they told me the Trams I could take to get to the station near my hostel.
I arrived at the station and eventually found my way to the hostel, I asked a couple of people for directions along the way. Everyone was friendly and they all spoke English, was nice after struggling to communicate with French speakers for the past several days. I checked in at the hostel, very different from the other hostels I have stayed in, reminds me of a big college dorm, there are people of all ages here, I even saw a kid with his mother. There were a few people sleeping in my room when I arrived, other that them it was quiet, everyone was out exploring Amsterdam.
I saw a flier for a tour of Amsterdam's red light district, it begins at 7pm daily, but it was already 6:58 pm, too late for me to make it today. I considered on going on a 90 minute canal cruise, I decided against that and just went out to find something for dinner. I ended up getting a hamburger and fries from a small shop attached to a Chinese restaurant. I saw a flier on the door of the hamburger shop, from what I could understand, it said this shop had the best hamburger in Amsterdam, I must say it was a good hamburger, the fries, served with mayonnaise were good too. I took a few pictures while I was out, then headed back to the hostel for a low key evening.
First Day in Amsterdam Photo Album