After more than 12 hours of flight, I landed in the continent of my dreams. Schiphol airport was another state of the art airport. This gorgeous airport is actually below sea level. Amazing eh?
First thing in order was to find my luggage. I had to pass by immigration first. The IO just asked me “how long will you stay in Amsterdam?”. I simply answered “two nights”. Tatak! Muwahahahaha! Said a silent prayer of thanks for my safe and stress-free arrival. Then I’m off to find my luggage.
The next thing in order was to get euros. As I mentioned here, airport rates are really bad. The money changer was right beside an ATM machine and I should’ve just done an ATM withdrawal. My 200 dollars were worth 125.4 euros. Crazy!
Finding where to buy the IAmsterdam card in Schiphol airport:
I mildly got lost finding where to buy the IAmstedam card in the airport. I knew that I could get it there but I had no idea where. So I spent almost an hour wandering around. I didn’t mind. Schiphol airport is quite entertaining. After being entertained, I finally asked some airport person where I can find such. Another realization of solo travel: Don't be afraid to ask for help.
The IAmsterdam Card for 48 hours costs €49. The card covers all my rides in the public transport system (except the train to/from airport) plus entrance fees of most sights.
Individual cost (in euros):
Canal Cruise - 10,00
Amsterdam Rijksmuseum - 10,00
Van Gogh Museum - 10,00
Rembrandt House - 8,00
Stedelijk Museum - 9,00
OV-chipkaart - 11,50
Total - 58,50
€ 58,50 vs. € 49 is a good deal! The count of the 48 hours begins when you first use the card. Note: the comma is used as a decimal separator in Europe, the way that a decimal point works here.
Schiphol airport is located 10 kilometers or 20 minutes away via train from Amsterdam’s center. I exchanged my bills for coins to buy the tickets in those touch screen machines. You can also buy directly from a ticket counter but it has an additional fee of € 0,50 I think (kuripot ako eh).
Brightly-lit walkalators going down to the trains.
During my train ride, I had a nice small chat with a couple from China. There were staying in Amsterdam just for a night then they will go to....I forgot. Hahaha.
Carts of the train. We both didn't know if we should go up or down so we just stayed in the middle.
After 20 minutes we landed in Amsterdam Centraal Station (it is really spelled like that). Asked around and found my way to the exit with the trams. This sight greeted me, stopped me and I was in awe.
It wasn't very majestic view. It was actually a kinda gloomy morning and everyone was just doing their usual stuff. I was in awe because I really made it this far. Halfway around the world.
I am in Europe! You hear me? Wohooooo!