Stay up in Amsterdam: discover the alternative to “Amster-damage”

July 31, 2017 – 02:42 pm

hostelbreakfastYHAI was staying in YHA London St Pancras for 4 nights, and its ideal location allowed me to explore London freely. With a 5-minute-walk to the famous and stunning St Pancras train station building, I could catch the tube (London’s underground transport system) easily. The London tube route looks like spider web, but when compared to some Asian subway networks like Tokyo or Hong Kong, I was quite used to the complexity. A few yummy breakfast stops I would recommend include The Breakfast Club (located in hotspots Soho, Camden and Angel), The Diner (top American breakfasts), and Bill’s (contemporary all-day European food, especially great to start the day).londonkitty They all have locations around London, so that you don’t have to travel far early in the morning.

If the famous British rain is making an appearance, you can always enjoy your English breakfast in the cosy hostel lounge. Every YHA provide a hearty breakfast with a small extra cost. amsterdam-2551_1280 For me, it included fruit, yoghurt, cereal and milk, toast and jam, eggs, bacon – and baked beans of course. The best thing about it is that you can have breakfast in your pyjamas.

What I love most about London is that almost all museums and galleries are free. Every day after breakfast, I spent most of my time inside historical buildings, surrounded by fossils, mummies and art pieces. Knowledge is always the best souvenir I take home with me after every journey.

londonkittybreakfastLast but not least, don’t forget to visit Hyde Park and enjoy a little picnic under the sun (if you are lucky enough to get any in London!). You can easily buy fruit and food-on-the-go from supermarkets or street markets.

When you are sitting under the trees with squirrels and snacking on a sweet strawberry, you will understand what life is.

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By Jono Cusack

Let’s face it, if you’re a young backpacker going to Amsterdam then you’re hardly going to go to admire the absolutely stunning city that it is.

You’re going to the Coffee Shops, the Red Light District and to the Heineken Experience, and that’s absolutely fine. If you can possibly drag yourself away from the pub crawls then there a few things you can check out.


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