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Amsterdam & Manchester

I can't upload photos onto this with my phone so I will do it when I have time to transfer them onto my laptop first..Meanwhile I'll just leave there on my instagram acct, weijiesim24.

Amsterdam
Stayed at Stayokay Amsterdam Vondelpark Hostel for 2 nights. Location is quite good but it can get a little dodgy when going back at night/dark. Cost about 20 euros a night, not a super cheap hostel but the security and comfort level is worth it. Wifi in the rooms not so good though. Free city tours available daily by request at the counter. Stayed with a swiss, argentinian, american and austrailian for 2 nights. I really do prefer beds on the lower deck though. Too lazy to climb up and down.

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Like any other major cities/town, I think 2-3 days is definitely enough. Visit the usual attractions of Amsterdam (eg; Dam Square, musueums, Red Light District etc.) Highlight for me was the food. Was telling my family that Im gonna go on a diet due to expensive food when in Europe. Nope, not possible. They are just too good.

Best pork ribs I've eaten : Castell BBQ, http://www.castellamsterdam.nl/en/ (make sure you make a reservation or try your luck, quite expensive ~20euros but worth it)
Free flow pork ribs: Satellite Sports Bar near leidseplein

Manchester
My second trip to Manchester for Old Trafford of course, is fantastic. First time there was made during the David Moyes era, sigh, man u fans will know why. Though the game against West Ham ended in yet another goalless draw, there was still good football and atmosphere. Thanks to the hardcore sg fans, I got some tips and managed to meet the entire match day squad one day before the game itself. Only managed to take photos with Louis Van Gaal, Juan Mata, Daley Blind and Anthony Martial. Bastian Schweinsteiger (my favorite) was so near yet so close.. :(
Interested Man U fans can hit me up for the tips :) photos are on my instagram.

Oh yeah, if you are there for a weekend game and staying for a weekend, get the weekend tram pass (5.80 euros) unlimited tram rides from Friday 6pm - Sunday's last tram. Saves a lot of money for every tram ride is about 2 euros and a day pass costs 5 euros.

My personal take is to spread your money on cheap/affordable yet good food, leaving some for recommended restaurants or shopping :) Visits to these 2 cities can be enjoyable and affordable (walk more!).

Back in Leiden for now, Slovenia tomorrow. Waiting for my next meal, getting so fat.

Ciao.

Posted by simweijie91 03:01

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