Waking up in ClinkNOORD Amsterdam on our first full day in Amsterdam I felt ready and refreshed for the day ahead. A quick breakfast downstairs, a team-bonding “WTF?!” as we all collectively found out Kylie Jenner is allegedly pregnant, and we were off to meet the Clink team for a briefing as to the activities the day held in store for us.
As most visitors to the city tend to stay central, the team wanted to share with us some of what Amsterdam Noord had to offer. Being less frequented by tourists, it’s a real treasure trove of relatively unknown attractions and experiences, and we were going to spend the day finding out about them.
With my phone and camera at the ready, I was in full tourist mode and ready to find out more.
On our first full day in Amsterdam with ClinkNOORD, we were treated to a full schedule of fun (which I’ll tell you all about tomorrow), and told that they would be providing us with dinner, but that there would be a twist to it.
We spent our day pondering what it could be, throwing ideas around which ranged from it being an entirely raw meal to something a bit more Henry VIII and a banquet with wine and mounted animals heads for décor. As you can tell, we had not a clue what to expect.
If you follow me on any of my social media accounts then it can’t have escaped your notice that I recently spent a weekend in Amsterdam. I mean, I’ve hardly stopped banging on about it to be fair.
For me, this was a pretty big thing. First of all, this is the first time this little blog of mine has afforded me the opportunity to go abroad, so that was a pretty major step. Secondly, with my brain positively frazzled from the happenings of 2017, I felt like this break away couldn’t have come at a better time. Medicine for the soul, as they say.
The weekend itself was going to be spent at ClinkNOORD, the Dutch cousin of the two Clink London hostels (one of which I have stayed in twice previously and loved). This would be my first time to Amsterdam and having been told by other people what a great place it is I knew I was going to like it, but nothing really could have prepared me for just how much I was going to like it. I fell in love with it – as a City, it’s everything people say and so much more.
Way back in 2014, Bourgee opened the doors to its very first restaurant, situated on Southend seafront, and I went along to see what they had to offer.
At the time I was majorly impressed, with the service being faultless, the décor being beautiful and the food being oh-so-good. Since then they’ve opened another branch in Chelmsford and there was talks of them opening one in Billericay, but this never came to fruition. However, little did I know until I was visiting Amsterdam a few weeks ago, they have a little Bourgee in London Southend Airport!
As part of my 33 Before 33 I said that I wanted to visit 12 new places in the UK, however, that started on my birthday, so my visit to the beautiful Langar Hall a few days before doesn’t count unfortunately! However, it was a brilliant weekend and regardless of it being absolutely no help to my target, we had a lot of fun!