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Jack Goes to The Netherlands

Amsterdam

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Tita Lhen and Tito John drove me straight to my hotel in Amsterdam. The tour starts in London but I didn’t apply for UK visa so I had to meet them at the first location which was in Amsterdam. I kind of missed something because they drove from London to Amsterdam while I was just waiting in the hotel. 🙁

Tour Radar Europe Jewel tour assigns you with your roommate which you will have no idea until the first day. I was praying that I will get a good roommate because I’ll be staying with her for weeks.

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God heard my prayer and He gave me Natasha. Natasha was originally from South Africa but she was staying in Dubai for work. She’s a sweetheart! First day and we immediately clicked!

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Expectation vs reality moment. I thought that I could get a decent photo in the iamsterdam letters but look at me looking like a fool here. There were tons of people – some even climbing at the letters!

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We went around Amsterdam but I was so caught up in the moment that I didn’t take too much photos. Actually, my whole Eurotrip, I had 10,000+ photos but that couldn’t translate all the things I did and place I visited.

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We went back to the bus and they passed this note from Shabby, our tour guide. Super excited for the pizza cruise!

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We had beers, wines, ice creams, and pizzas! This was also the time we went to different tables and said Hi to everyone. I swear, I felt so blessed being a part of this group. Everyone was so nice and warm.

Imagine enjoying the food, drinks, chat, and friendship while cruising through the beauty of Amsterdam.

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We were asked to choose if we would go back to the hotel with Davo, our driver or go to Red Light District with Shabby after the cruise. Who in their right mind would choose the former?! We’re here to party! We’re here for Red Light District, baby!

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Out of all the 1,000 photos that I have, these 3 are the only photos of Red Light District that I took. As you may know (or not), taking photos in the RLD is prohibited unless you want pimps to snatch your phone and throw it. Left and right are girls displaying their almost-nude body in an aquarium-like glass. You can go ahead and knock on their door if you want to have sex with them. There were also sex shows and we wanted to check that but the queues were so long!

The Pinoys in the group tour (2 couples and myself) decided to go to Amsterdam’s best “coffee shop” and dang, those muffins were amazing! So moist! <3 The Pinoys shared this and we enjoyed it!

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We had a great time! Had some more beers, sang our lungs out, danced!

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Shabby, Divan (in gray), Oliver, Angel, myself, Ayeen, and Alvin

So there they were, teasing me! Before this photo was taken, I was K.O.! I should believe people when they say to try the beginner first. Instead, I went ahead and tried a level higher and ate more than half the muffin to myself. I thought I was going to die but when I heard them say “Photo time!,” I smiled as if nothing happened! Hahaha boo guys, you can never take a bad photo of me.

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Because Ate Ayeen, Kuya Alvin, and I didn’t want to take a cab and pay 60EUR to go back to our hotel, we called it a night. We rode the train with our red eyes. What a night! I arrived at our hotel and Natasha was already there. It took me until 4am until I could sleep because I was busy looking at my family photos. I missed them.

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I woke up before 7AM, packed my stuff, and head down to the hotel to grab our breakfast before we go to Riekermolen. I hoarded Nutella packs. #NoShame

Riekermolen

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We drove until we arrived at this charming place to watch how to make clogs. Oliver volunteered and tried to make one himself. I should’ve bought those little clogs!

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I also enjoyed the cheese making! We also get to try different cheese! I enjoyed the whiskey cheese so much.

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Then windmill galore! I never knew it until then but windmills look hypnotizing. They were so beautiful. I could look at it forever.

After this, we went to Germany and continued the rest of our trip. I went back and forth The Netherlands after the trip. I regret being too late in buying a ticket to Anne Frank’s home. I went back in Amsterdam to try lining up but it was too cold for me to stand and wait for hours.

I hope to visit it again. I lived my dreams. I am indeed blessed.

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