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New Years Eve in Amsterdam

New Years Eve is a night with so much potential. New Years Eve in AMSTERDAM is a night with so much potential for disaster/adventure/great memories! Click through to read what happened to us on our most epic night out!

I’ve definitely had some pretty unique NYEs, but I don’t think many people will have had too much Heineken and ended up in the Red Light District of Amsterdam hanging out with a random family from Seattle.

Well, random encounters is 100% my favourite part of doing anything to do with travel, so maybe we can start another support group where we all gather round a fire with wine/bourbon and recount tales like this? I’m serious. We could have sleepovers and you can tell me the funny story about the American guy in the hostel bar who hit on your friend with the opening line “You have amazing boobs” but she was okay with it because he bought her a drink. (And like I said it was really funny because it happened to a friend…)

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

Anyway, it was a pretty wild night for me. I mean in 2013 it was just me and my friend in my bedroom drinking rose/eating ice cream and in 2014 I literally went home at like 00:15 because I’d been on a 3 day bender already and I was tired (student life).

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

So after some research, my friend and I realised that every club was charging €30 to get in and not being about that life, we investigated some free (student friendly) things to do. Luckily, in Amsterdam, the abundance of squares means an abundance of street parties.

We did a quick google, and it seemed that Chinatown/Nieuwmarkt was going to be the most wild and dangerous, Dam Square was basically going to be packed with rowdy tourists (read: pricks), Oosterdok was where the official fireworks were and Rembrantplein was where the food was. (Guess where we went)

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

You guessed it, we decided to start the night at Rembrandtplein, which promised us hot food and cold beer. (This is actually a lie. We started the night sneaking €5 prosecco into my Christian hostel and drinking it in my dorm, I just felt the need to come across cool). We walked into the first place that didn’t sell weed and had a bathroom with toilet paper (why is this such an issue? get it together Europe), a bar called *insert name when I remember it* (drunk), when a huge family from Seattle sat down next to us.

They were all super cool, much cooler than my family. I don’t think I would ever have managed to get my parents and extended family to Amsterdam for a night out, let alone New Years Eve. (I’m not sure I would have wanted to either…) Apart from maybe my mum. Who is a legend. (Hi mum)

(I’ve literally just checked my inside coat pocket this second, and I’ve found some toilet paper drunk Liz took from the bar incase of emergency, so practical)

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

We ended up walking to Oosterdok and on to the Red Light District with them to watch the main fireworks where it was Packed (capital P for emphasis) with people. Like, sardines packed. Also freezing. (Almost like it was mid-winter Liz, well done).

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

So I called in the new year on a random street somewhere in Amsterdam with some random strangers and without so much as a countdown. But I had a beer in my hand a smile on my face… which is what was most important (beer). (Oh my gosh that was SO corny I’m not even sorry)

P.S I’m really sorry but I was drunk and I couldn’t get my camera to focus for 70% of my photos so let’s just pretend the blur is intentional and that they are postmodern and arty.

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

New Years' Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

New Years Eve in Amsterdam | Maps of Pangea

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  • Lauren of Postgrad & Postcards

    LOL love your attitude on the photos! Enjoyed your drunk jokes. The photos do actually look artsy! ;D I was in Buda for NYE and I had similar photos issues, not because I was too drunk but because it was so cold, to get my photos I’d have to take my hand out of my gloves and honestly IDGAF! Ha!

    February 17, 2016 - 1:16 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Hahahha thank you!!! Hope you had a good night too 😊

      February 17, 2016 - 2:39 pm Reply
  • Paulina

    I apreciate the postmodern and arty blur on your photos… But seriously, looks like a fun night and it was fun for me to read about it. I never made it to Amsterdam. When I was an exchange student in France I did sign up for a school trip to go there, but the night before I went to an open-bar-ice-skating event and ended up with high fever… Didn’t go obviously. Ever since the city remains on my list. A little late for that, but – Happy New Year! 🙂

    February 17, 2016 - 1:39 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thanks so much! Amsterdam is a must, it’s got such a cool vibe!

      February 17, 2016 - 2:40 pm Reply
  • Lottie Reeves

    I love the modern arty photos 🙂 Sounds like it was a great NYE, the random ones are always the best!

    February 17, 2016 - 2:33 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thanks for the comment!! 😊

      February 17, 2016 - 2:40 pm Reply
  • Melissa Leger

    I love these photos, what a great way to see Amsterdam!

    February 17, 2016 - 2:41 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      Thankyou!!! 😊

      February 17, 2016 - 2:41 pm Reply
  • Anne

    I actually live in the Netherlands and I’ve never even celebrated it in Amsterdam.. Seems like a really cool place though, I’m overall not a big fan of partying in Amsterdam, every time I go something bad seems to happen 🙁

    February 17, 2016 - 2:51 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      It was really fun! I’m surprised nothing went wrong for me to be honest I have the worst luck!

      February 17, 2016 - 9:00 pm Reply
  • Anita

    Great story, lots of detail and personality.

    February 17, 2016 - 2:59 pm Reply
  • Clair Kelly

    I’m flying there in the Morning 🙂 Cant wait!

    February 18, 2016 - 4:43 pm Reply
    • Liz Wilson

      You’re going to have so much fun!!!!

      February 18, 2016 - 11:07 pm Reply
  • Tricia @ The Adventure List

    New Years Eves can be so tricky: fun, too much fun or dull dull dull.

    February 18, 2016 - 9:28 pm Reply
  • Nicole Louise

    Your New Year sounds so fun, would love some 5 euro prosecco right now!

    February 19, 2016 - 12:05 am Reply

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