After numerous layovers at Schiphol Airport, I finally had time to leave the airport and explore Amsterdam. After landing at 6:30 am, my colleague and I, took turns freshening up in a room we rented at Yotel, in the airport. It also served as a safe place for our luggage. By 9 we were on the train to downtown Amsterdam. The ride was fast. The train clean. We exited the Central station into what seemed like the center of the city. Bicycles were everywhere! Given we only had about 5 hours before needing to return to the airport, we started our exploration on the water, taking a 90 minute canal tour. It was most interesting and provided an easy way to see many of the interesting facets of the older part of the city. We then explored on foot. Walking by the many “coffee” shops and bakeries. Did I mention the bicycles? We had to be more mindful of them as we crossed streets then of cars!
Our time in Amsterdam was far too short. Did not see any of the famous, or less famous, museums or historical sites, but certainly will make plans for a longer trip in the future.