April 27, 2012

::Friday Link-Up:: How to Prepare for Queen’s Day in Amsterdam

Today I’m linking up with Ellen over at Company of Clever. April 30th, the craziest party day of the year is upon us Amsterdammers—QUEEN’S DAY!! Every year, Dutchies dress head-to-toe in orange in celebration of the Queen’s birthday (but not this Queen…a Queen from long ago!). Since this is my 4th year celebrating Queen’s Day (except the 2nd year where we escaped to Mexico for some R&R with family and friends), I prepared a How to Survive Queen’s Day List. Amsterdam goes absolutely crazy every April 30th…let the preparations begin!

How to survive Queen's Day:

1. Prepare for crowds, lots and lots and lots of crowds! Amsterdam is a small city and does not cater towards mass amounts of people…there’s basically no way around crowds on Queen’s Day…so the more the merrier!

2. Prepare to dance and bring some booze to sip on (bars are packed!). DJ’s are set up on every square and street corner. Let’s not forget about the boats passing by with drunken party people and their own subwoofers. Dance 'n drink under the sun (well let's hope there's sun)! Or opt for a fresh Sangria or 1 EUR beer sold on the street ;).

3. Have a plan if you're meeting up with friends-phones don't work! The network is overloaded and even getting a text to someone takes multiple attempts or just never gets through. 

4. Walkin’ shoes. I religiously wore my sandals in California and successfully (and preferred to!) walked through plenty of cities, such as Paris, Rome, Cinque Terre, Barcelona and Berlin in the sandals where my toes feel most at home with no issues. Both times I’ve been in town to celebrate Queen’s Day I wore sandals. But the 2nd time, I got a nasty cut on my foot from a broken bottle. Fortunately I was faithful to #2 on the list…and I couldn’t feel a thing until I looked down and saw the trail of blood I was leaving behind. So…wear some closed-toe shoes, or if you are a sucker for sandals like me then prepare for crowds that don’t care about your bare little toes, broken beer bottles being kicked around and no trams or metros operating on Queen’s Day, so you will walk EVERYWHERE!! Sportin’ sandals? No worries, you won’t feel your feet anymore after 2-3 hours.

5. WEAR ORANGE!!

My mom joined us for Queen’s Day festivities last year…and she had a blast! Check it out…
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16 comments:

Jeanelle said...

Both you and your mom have such gorgeous hair!! What are you guys doing Queen's Day again?? I am excited - we are going to be in AMS for night and day!

x

PS crazy story about your sliced foot!!

Rachael said...

Thanks..like mother like daughter ;). Christian has some friends from Maastricht coming up, they will have 'boy time' on Queen's Night while I'm drinking with YOU at Liz's and I'll wander around with them on Queen's Day. Bring on the weekend!

elz said...

ah, i am officially SO EXCITED.

katriniella said...

Ah, great tips, thank you! This is my first Queen's Day Experience since moving to Ams, and I've been looking forward to it all year! :)

I am Megan said...

People in Holland sure love their orange! I loved watching them play at the soccer world cup, it was so much fun

Alex Butts said...

WHAT! This looks spectacular! Why am I not going to Amsterdam for the weekend?? Next year...

lilywanderlust said...

This weekend is going to be so much fun! Now we just have to keep our fingers crossed that the rain stays away :)

A and B said...

That looks SO awesome! I celebrated Queen's day with a Dutch roommate in college, but i've never seen pictures of the real thing- Thanks!

mrs.creamy said...

I wanna go!!!

Allie Todd said...

This looks like so much fun!!! I would love love loooove to go to Amsterdam!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

What awesome pics! Looks like a lot of fun!!!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

looks like a totally fun event...love all the orange!

LindseyC {wanderluck} said...

LOOOOOVE your guest post!!!

Katie.Daily said...

OKAY this is awesome! I'm really jealous and am loving the pics! Looks like sooo many ppl were out and about.

Laura said...

Lovely blog with so many interesting and inspiring posts! Love your work:) Would you like to follow each other?

Emily Boyle Westbrooks said...

I love this post! We visited Amsterdam a few years ago and accidentally arrived the morning of Queen's Day. Little did we know!!
Emily
www.fromchinavillage.com