During my spring break I had a lot of time on my hands. I only had to study for two exams when I am usually used to 5 so when my friends thought it would be great to go to Berlin and Amsterdam, I was all in.
Swimming Hostel Berlin
Before we left on our trip, my friends Kathleen and Natalie decided to double-check the address of the hostels we booked. To our surprise, we booked a boat hostel in Berlin! We had not realized it was a boat hostel until we started reading reviews and it mentioned that “the captain” was great. We had a double-take at that wording and thought why would someone in the hostel be called a captain? As we
On our way to the city with coffee in hand!
looked further into the address, we then realized that we were going to be staying on a boat in Berlin. At first we were skeptical but all the reviews were excellent so we decided to just go for it since we had already booked it anyways. When we arrived at the Swimming Hostel in Berlin, we were jovially greeted by Captain Thomas who led us to our nice big room with our own bathroom. The boat was very nicely decorated with a living room and kitchen as well as a great big deck with couches and chairs to lie out in the sun. It had a hippie vibe to it and I have to say that I was loving the atmosphere. Captain Thomas cooked amazing breakfasts and dinners, which costed only how much you thought it was worth! He also would take you to the city by driving you on his boat to the nearest metro station. I know I should be writing more about the actual city of Berlin but Captain Thomas and the Swimming Hostel were the highlight of this trip. If you ever decide to stay in Berlin please check out the Swimming Hostel at hostelbookers.com.
On the Canal boat cruise!
I previously went to Amsterdam this year with my mom before I went to Bath, UK for my exchange. I loved it so much in fact that I just had to go back with my friends! You can go back to see my other review of Amsterdam here but I did do some things different on this trip. One highlight was the NewAmsterdam free walking tour. It is the same company that I do all my walking tours with and I am never disappointed. Great entertainment for a 3 hour free walking tour and we also got free cheese out of it as well! Another thing I did differently was that my friends and I took a canal boat cruise, which was a different way to see Amsterdam and a great one at that! Amsterdam is a magnificent city and I hope to live there someday.