Between 2nd and 6th of November I was in the City of Amsterdam in the Netherlands primary for evesterdam, a player meetup for the online game of EVE Online, a game I have been playing off and on since 2004.
With the event taking place on the weekend I had a day and a half just to explore the city as this was the first time I have been in Amsterdam.
Although I was traveling by myself, I knew I was going to a safe location. Preparing for the trip was key. I made sure my phone was going to work in the country, the three phone network offers roaming in the Netherlands using my normal allowance including data which means google maps was going to work. Making getting around much easier.
There are two train networks, the Metro which runs through the city and the intercity train which links the city to the Airport and I assume the rest of the country.
I knew that I could get a multi day pass for the train, which I was unable to find on the kiosk. I just brought the cheapest ticket I could to Amsterdam and got onto a train that I was told would leave from platform 3.
I was expecting the train to take a different fork in the line to go towards my final stop, but it just carried on. Once I noticed this I got off at the next stop. Not wanting to spend too much money on transport I decided to walk 45 mins to the B&B.
After getting settled in the B&B I decided to explore Amsterdam which is about a 25 min metro ride with the train stop almost on my door step.
On this terminal I saw the different options for day tickets which makes travel much cheaper. What this taught me was the train from the Airport and to the city are different services and the multi day tickets are not valid on those trains. As there are no metro lines to the airport, there is no reason to buy a multi day ticket.
Knowing what I do now, there was probably a different Kiosk at the station I initially got off where I could have purchased a metro ticket and get the metro to the B&B saving the long walk.
During the days and in between presentations at the evesterdam event I just walked around. Amsterdam has many rivers with loads of bridges that provide an interesting photographic interest. Not knowing the city I would just walk out of the metro station and just start to walk in a random direction.
Images that I am happy with were taken at night, using a tripod to stabilize the camera I used long exposures that creates more of a mirror effect in the water for reflections.