Couchsurfing in Groningen, Netherlands

[Groningen – Netherlands] Groningen is a city in the north of the Netherlands (in case you were wondering). I didn’t know much about it other than it would appear on Ryanair flight sales from London. I once met a guy from Groningen in Thailand who talked it up as a cool university city, so maybe […]

A bit of modernism in medieval Zwolle

I had never heard of Zwolle until the day before I visited. When planning my trip from Amsterdam to Groningen I saw I had to change train there. I looked it up and read that it has a medieval centre set inside a defensive canal. Sold! The old town area is a ten minute walk […]

The grand Amsterdam Centraal station

I know I’ve said this about other stations, but Amsterdam Centraal is one of my favourite train stations in Europe. Lets just say it’s in my top 10. I’m travelling around Europe for one month with Eurail, who have provided my ticket. I started in Amsterdam and from here I’ll be visiting smaller cities that […]

Hostel Review: A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost Hotel

Hostel Name: A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost Hotel Address: Hogelhilweg 22, Zuidoost, Amsterdam, Netherlands I stayed at the A&O Amsterdam Zuidoost Hotel in Amsterdam. I booked it online and selected it mainly for its location. The hostel is two stops on the metro from the Eurolines Bus station. I was arriving at night by bus so I […]

Travel Photo: Oude Kerk (Old Church), Amsterdam – Netherlands

[Oude Kerk (Old Church), Amsterdam – Netherlands] When they say something is old in Europe, it’s old (by US and Australian standards at least). In the case of the Oude Kerk (Old Church) this is the oldest building in Amsterdam, having being founded in 1213. The church stands in Amsterdam’s main red-light district. I was […]

Lounge Review: KLM Crown Lounge – Amsterdam Schiphol

As part of my trip to South America in partnership with Air France/KLM, I had a stopover in Amsterdam for a few days. I was flying economy to Buenos Aires but I was given a lounge pass by KLM to use for the day. As my flight was at 9pm and I had a midday […]

Where I Stayed: Hotel not Hotel, Amsterdam

Hotel Name: Hotel not Hotel Address: Piri Reisplein 34 Witte de Withstraat 38 1057 XZ Amsterdam I stayed at the Hotel not Hotel as a guest of the hotel, which was organised by the Amsterdam Tourism Board. The Hotel not Hotel have taken the basic room with a shared bathroom model and given it a […]

Where I Stayed: Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam

Hotel Name: Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy Address: Oostelijke Handelskade 34 1019 BN Amsterdam I stayed at the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy in Amsterdam as a guest of the hotel, which was organised by The hotel was originally a hotel built by the shipping line, Royal Holland Lloyd. It then became temporarily housing […]

Where I’m At: Autumn in Amsterdam

[Bridges and bicycles – a common scene in Amsterdam.] It occurred to me this week while I was seeing my breath that I have been in tropical/hot climates since July last year, thus my 15 month summer came to an end when I arrived in London last week. Not that I mind as I’m enjoying […]

Where I Stayed: Volkshotel, Amsterdam – A hotel for digital nomads

Hotel Name: Volkshotel Address: Wibautstraat 150, 1091 GR Amsterdam, Netherlands [Volkshotel – Amsterdam] I stayed at the Volkshotel in Amsterdam as a guest of the hotel (with thanks to The Volkshotel is in the East Amsterdam area which undergone a regeneration over the last few years. The hotel is part of this regeneration story, […]