By Marina Aagaard, MFT
Third time lucky! Twice I have been in Amsterdam Schiphol Airport lately. But only in transit. Now it is. Travel destination: Amsterdam.
The occasion? KLM has a march campaign ‘Amsterdam sneaker’. What is this about? Well, the airline is based in Amsterdam, Holland, and boasts, that the Dutch capital is so ‘compact’, that it can easily be experienced by foot.
To stress that they mean it, KLM has even produced a walking shoe, a sneaker, designed to get around in the city …
During march KLM have an Amsterdam Sneaker auction with sneakers including trips – and the full amount from this auction is donated to UNICEF.
A good cause. I am happy to hop into a pair of sneakers, thank you, KLM, to investigate!
Wednesday afternoon. Aalborg Airport in northern Denmark. First a cup of coffee.
Shopping? I have a hard time resisting the Champagne family. But have to. Not because of the price of course, DKK 17.999 (more than 2000 EUR) for the ‘head of the family’ containing 15 litres, but because of lack of space in my carry-on luggage …
It is almost time. The Cityhopper arrives – gets ready – and we leave on time.
The online magazine Holland Herald matches my shoes. Or is it the other way around?
A coincidence? I think not!
Food is nice. On board food, too. When it is tasty, that is (not always the case). This serving was unusually delicious – and not just because I was pretty hungry.
I won’t get tired of a view like this; beautiful clouds seen from above.
A short flight of only 1:05 h. And so we land on time in AMS, Amsterdam Schiphol.
With a medium-sized aircraft you are not always stepping out right at the gate door.
But it is o.k. Here you get a ride in a solar powered bus!
Taxi or train? Taxi approx. 30 min., 42 EUR. Train approx. 10 min. 5 EUR. That settles it. I buy a ticket and find my way to the platform.
After a short train ride you arrive at the busy Amsterdam Central Station.
Immediately when you get out into the streets you realize that Amsterdam is a bike city. There are bikes everywhere. And hundreds of bikes are parked around the station.
There is even a bike parking house.
It is now evening and I find a map on my iPhone to guide me on my walk to the hotel.
I get a bit of night sightseeing as I find my way through a ‘red light district’ with many small cafés and ‘coffee’ shops …
In just 10 minutes I reach the hotel, Pulitzer, situated down a small alley alongside one of the numerous canals. Beautiful.
After a quick snack and a cup of herbal tea it is bedtime for bonzo.