7:30 Up, packing.
9:20 Done organizing cash and journal.
9:25 Made oatmeal.
10:05 Waited at the front desk, met Andrew, and checked out.
10:10 Sloterdijk station.
10:18 Took the bus GVB pass was valid for.
10:38 Central station.
10:45 Was confused over the locker for a while.
10:55 Finally rented a small locker and both backpacks fitted in, surprisingly. EUR 2.50.
11:00 Took a tram.
11:10 Got off.
11:18 Pancakes! Amsterdam. Andrew found this on Yelp. It was very tiny. I mean, really tiny.
11:45 Seated! Ordered the daily special (pancake + grilled salmon + spinach + tomato sauce + lemon honey + blini), and fresh mint tea, because everybody seemed to be drinking it in this city.
11:55 The fresh mint tea tasted pretty interesting. It tasted a lot more “raw” than the regular mint tea I was used to.
12:20 I thought I would starve to death. Food has finally arrived, and it was worth the wait! It was full of flavours, and the salmon was really good.
12:40 Andrew took the bill, since he owed me a lunch from before. Thus I do not have the price for this place. They had a one bill per table policy.
13:00 Walked to Vondel Park.
There were many tourists, many trees, and lots of garbage.
13:10 Took pictures at the “I amsterdam” sign. I tried to make it look “Hamsterdam” but it didn’t look like it since I was not tall enough.
13:55 Started walking toward central station.
14:05 Saw people playing chess on a giant chess board in a plaza. I stayed for a bit to watch. They looked very serious during the game, and shook hands cordially after the game.
14:20 So I started again, and realized I lost my wallet. I should SEW EVERYTHING to my bag. Seriously.
14:40 Walked back to the pancake place, but they didn’t have it. Sigh. At least it was my “travel wallet” which only had EUR 31.50 and my international student card.
15:18 Central station. Sat down for a while to rest.
15:55 Baggage room.
16:05 I could not get the door to open, so I had to get someone to open it and pay once more. EUR 5.
16:10 On the train.
16:18 Departed. The train was pretty clean.
17:35 Antwerpen. The train station was huge. They had long escalators as well.
17:40 Ticket office. I asked how to use the “ABS (any Belgian station)” ticket I bought from raileurope website. I had no idea which country I was in, so I was in line for domestic, and was told that I should go to international…
17:50 I had a bit of time before my next train, so I walked outside. It was cleaner, less crowded, and prettier than Amsterdam. Although someone later told me that this was the only place in Antwerpen that had anything touristy.
18:05 Back in, and was lost for a while looking for my platform.
18:10 On board. The view from the train was great. I was passing by lots of farms.
18:40 The train was fast, I (and my camera) was not. There were cows, horses, and sheep, which made me feel as if I was on a safari bus (not without exaggeration).
18:50 Ticket check. The ticket collector looked confused (I guessed that ABS tickets were unusual).
19:30 Another ticket check.
19:43 Bruges! I was glad that it’s not crowded.
19:55 Started raining, so I ran to the bus stop.
20:02 Bus. EUR 2.
20:05 I did study the map before, and I had a feeling that I missed the stop. I was glad that I asked the driver right away, because I did miss it. The bus did not stop at every stop. The driver knew the hostel, so he thankfully told me the directions.
20:10 Hostel. It was old but clean.
Checked in. EUR 31.68.
Considering that this included breakfast, it was really cheap.
20:25 Room. There were two sinks in the room, no lockers, and no outlets at the bed. Shared shower and toilet were outside the room.
20:40-20:50 Sewed my sandal strap. It was tough, because the needle had to go through two pieces of leather.
20:55 Shower. The water started cold but eventually got warm.
23:24 Bed time.