“Amsterdam has more than 150 canals and 1,250 bridges, but it never seems crowded, nor bent and bitter from fleecing the tourist” – Julie Burchill.
You guys, I didn’t know autumn. I mean I did, I watched Gilmore Girls religiously, but I didn’t know how autumn feels like. Moreover autumn in the screen is not as powerful as snow on moment framing scenes so I always looked pass it.
Until one day when I got to see it. From the window of a taxi that was taking us from Schiphol International Airport to Amsterdam. I was trying to absorb all the new things laid in front of my eyes. Everything, while thinking, eh Amsterdam lacked of greenery. The stupid thing was (I was a little sleep deprived), it didn’t register in my mind that it was Autumn. In my defense, I came from a tropical country. I have only experienced summer all year long, so it didn’t dawn on me right away that those bald trees were due to the change of season.
Getting inside the city. All the yellow, red and gold! My heart beat faster. I was ecstatic, despite being awake for 36 hours. I was in the movie scene. I was Rori Gilmore, coming home from Yale spring break. I was Ally Mbeal with greasier hair, walking back to my brownstone apartment while day dreaming my life away. I was Serena Van Der Woodsen sitting on met steps with Blair Waldorf.
Never in my life I have seen a street as beautiful, so picturesque. I forgot the last time I felt like this. Oh wait, maybe when I went snorkeling. Then I saw in, the canals and the buildings. I was looking at a painting! Row and row of endless paintings. Can a city be this gorgeous? What more beauty could I see at The Rijksmuseum???
And the taxi stopped. My friend paid. I guess she must gave called me, but I still had my mouth wide opened disbelief that we were staying in a hotel that was facing the canal. #travelhigh. I wished my parents could see it one day and I keep bugging Hulk to go and see it.
At night we took the canal ride (a must in Amsterdam), and even though I was fighting the tiredness of not sleeping for two straight days mixed with alcohol, I couldn’t stop thinking that I was in Amsterdam. I got to experience this and that I was extremely lucky. I wanted to stand up to give a thank you speech to God, my parents and the Universe, but it would be a little to other sleep deprived tourist. I will do it here instead.
What season brings the best of your city? I think it’s Autumn for Amsterdam and Rainy for Singapore.
After Amsterdam I got to see my ultimate travel dream, Paris, which I had been dreaming of visiting ever since I wrote about Coco Chanel for my school project. We even visited Italy, but both were like a dream comes true from a girl like me, but it wasn’t Amsterdam. It wasn’t like another universe folded open in front of me.
Have you ever fallen in love at the first sight with a vacation place? Where? Did you go back again? Share with me! Thanks for reading you guys. I am linking up with Bonnie, Kaelene, Sammy, and Van a for Travel Tuesday.