1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam was not a new city for me, since i came over for a short trip in April to see the tulips blooming at Keukenhof. It was better this time round since i have more time to explore Rijkmuseum, Anne Frank House and Zaanse Schans.

(Series of windmills found at Zaanse Schans)

The main highlight was the leisurely bike ride on a sunny Sat afternoon along Amstel River towards Ouderkerk, about 9km south of Amsterdam centre. It was a welcome change from the busy city and hordes of tourists. We managed to see more of the “real” country – green flat farmlands, beautiful house and locals enjoying a wonderful warm day on foot, bikes, rowing or boating along the calm river.

Along the way, we chanced upon an art exposition where sculptures were exhibited all around a serene garden space besides a villa. It was here that i set eyes on my first spectacular autumn scenery – trees decked with golden colours leaning towards a small canal.

(Autumn colours inside the gallery gardens during our bike ride towards Ouderkerk)

(Watching a bridge being manually open by an elderly man at Ouderkerk)

(Enjoying our bike ride along the Amstel River, which can be seen in the background)

Accommodation – Shelter Jordan http://www.shelter.nl (central & quiet hostel – great for those who want some decent sleep)

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About Wye Yim

Wye Yim is just any ordinary Malaysian gal, who have been bitten by the travelling bug and searches for the next adventure thrill. Having done 6 years in a corporate world, she has abandoned her suits and heels to embark on a journey to work in the outdoor industry and fulfill her passion to travel the world.
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