About a month ago, I took my first trip while studying abroad to Amsterdam, Netherlands. For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed about visiting Amsterdam at some point in my life. If I’m being completely honest, I never really thought that dream would become a reality. I had BIG expectations for this place, and I can most definitely say Amsterdam lived up to them. I was a little surprised at how cold and windy it was compared to Barcelona, but then I remembered it’s still winter! I was truly amazed by the beauty of all the bridges and dams scattered throughout the city. I must say one of my favorite surprises in Amsterdam was all the pancake houses. I am not kidding you when I say there was a pancake shop on every corner, but I’m not complaining, who doesn’t love pancakes?!


The “IAMsterdam” letters were certainly a site to see. You could tell this was probably one of the biggest tourist spots in all of Amsterdam. Everyone was fighting over letters waiting in line to get their perfect picture. Not going to lie, my friends and I were definitely guilty of this. We must have spent two hours taking pictures on these letters. It’s safe to say that everyone around could tell we were Americans with all the touristy things we were doing.


The main reason I was so excited to go to Amsterdam was to visit the Anne Frank house. Visiting the Anne Frank house has been on my bucket-list from the moment I learned about her in seventh grade. I remember being so amazed after hearing her story, which never really left my mind. We waited in line for about an hour and a half to enter the Anne Frank museum and I can definitely say it was worth the wait. I would have waited six hours to get inside if I had to. I was even more amazed and inspired by Anne Frank after the tour than I was before. I had the chills the whole time walking through the hidden annex and was heartbroken being able to see what their family went through. I’ve visited a lot of museums while abroad and this without a doubt is the best one I think I will ever go to in my life. I strongly encourage anyone who is considering visiting the Anne Frank house to do so.

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Amsterdam was a great first trip to take while abroad and it definitely met my high expectations.